Newcastle vs Bournemouth preview: Steve McClaren facing must win

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at St James’ Park

It’s a big game for…

Daryl Janmaat: Singled out for criticism by pundits after the midweek defeat to Stoke which ended in controversy following an angry confrontation with his own fans. The Dutch defender will have to place more emphasis on his defensive duties in a must-win match against fellow strugglers Bournemouth who are unbeaten on their travels in all competitions this calendar year.

Best stat...

Five of the Cherries’ past eight Premier League goals have either been scored or assisted by defenders (one goal by Steve Cook, one goal and three assists by Charlie Daniels).

Remember when...

Ayoze Perez’s first-half goal earned Newcastle a fortunate first Premier League away win of the season as they leapfrogged Bournemouth in the table.

Player to watch...

Benik Afobe: The former Wolves marksman has settled effortlessly into life on the south coast, scoring four goals in eight Premier League appearances. Deadly in the box and remarkably effective in his hold-up play, Afobe is proving to be a shrewd acquisition at £10m. A match-winning goal against Newcastle could all but confirm top flight safety for his new team.

Last three meetings...

Bournemouth 0 Newcastle 1 (Perez), Premier League, November 2015

Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 2, 3-4 Bournemouth on penalties, FA Cup, January 1992

Bournemouth 0 Newcastle 0, FA Cup, January 1992

Form guide...

Newcastle: WLLWLL

Bournemouth: WLLLDW

Vital information...

KICK-OFF TIME: 15:00

TV: Highlights on BBC1 Match of the Day at 10.30pm

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