Newcastle vs Bournemouth: 8 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Premier League Clash

Newcastle United will be hoping to build on last Saturday’s victory at West Ham when they host AFC Bournemouth at St James’ Park.

After Steve Bruce’s side made a stuttering start to the season, they have been much more impressive in recent weeks, losing just once in their last four games to sit 15th in the table on 12 points, four ahead of Southampton who are in just inside the relegation zone.

The Magpies will be confident of extending this good run of form when they face a Bournemouth side - who although impressively beat Manchester United last weekend – had failed to score in their three Premier League games preceding this.

Eddie Howe

With both sides eager to back up their victories they picked up last time out it makes for a really important contest. Therefore, with a little help from ​Opta, here are some of the best facts and stats to keep note of ahead of this one.

Improving Fortunes

After losing their first three ​​​Premier League meetings against Bournemouth - with the Cherries winning two of these games in north east - Newcastle have now since gone unbeaten in the following three, picking up two draws and one win in this run.

In this exact fixture last term, Salomon Rondon’s first half double ensured the Toon ran out 2-1 winners.

Boredom at St James’ Park

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

You could be forgiven for falling asleep while watching Newcastle play at home this season, as in their opening five home league games there has just been a total of six goals, with the Magpies scoring but also conceding three times. In fact, no side has netted more than once in a single match. Painful.

In contrast though, when Newcastle play away the complete opposite seems to occur, with 20 goals scored in their six away games. However, more worryingly for the supporters, 14 of these goals have been fired into Newcastle’s net, scoring just 6 themselves.

Record Breakers

Nathan Ake,Steve Cook

Since promotion to the Premier League in 2015, Bournemouth have been associated with scoring goals but also shipping a load too. This season things have been different though and they have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Premier League games.

If they can shut out Newcastle out on Saturday, it will be the first time in their history in the competition that they would have kept four clean sheets in a row, last achieving this feat in March 2014 but in the Championship.

Finding form?

As eluded to earlier, ​Newcastle secured a vital three points last weekend away at West Ham in east London. They scored more goals in that 3-2 win than they had in their previous five Premier League games combined – netting just two in this period. 

If they can win again on Saturday, they will secure back-to-back victories for the first time since April.

Failing to Fire

Ryan Fraser,Joshua King

After going on a prolific run which saw Eddie Howe’s side score 17 goals in six away games – which started at the end of the last campaign and continued into the start of the current one – they have failed to score on the road in their last two, being shut out by Watford and Arsenal.

A Steve Bruce First

Bruce has managed in England for over 20 years now, starting back with Sheffield United in 1998. In this time, he has taken charge of 915 games in all competitions which is a remarkable achievement.

However, Saturday will be the first time the former Aston Villa boss has faced up against ​Bournemouth and this will therefore make it the 87th different side he’s faced in his managerial career.

Defenders Delivering in Both Boxes

Ciaran Clark

Striker Joelinton has failed to deliver the goods since signing for Newcastle in the summer, scoring just a solitary goal in the Premier League which came against Tottenham. Fortunately for Newcastle, the defenders are stepping up and have scored five of the clubs nine goals this term which equates to 56 per cent, which is a higher percentage than any other side.

Ciaran Clark is amongst those who have scored from the back, with the Irishman notching his 13th Premier League goal of his career in the win against West Ham. He fired in with his head which was the eleventh time he had scored this way in the competition, meaning 85 per cent of his goals have come from headers. 

This is the second-highest percentage of any player to score 10 Premier League goals behind David Wetherall (13/15), equating to 85 per cent.

Stepping Up

Jonjo Shelvey

Former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has scored twice in the competition for Newcastle this term in his opening six games. This is already as many as he had scored in his previous 61 games for the Magpies in the Premier League, with this stretching across three seasons.

He will be hoping to add to this in the coming months and beat his record of three goals in a single top-flight season which he achieved with Swansea in 2014/15.

Source : 90min