Newcastle have the chance to do the double over Bournemouth this weekend.

The Magpies picked up their second win of the season at the expense of the Cherries, winning 2-1 thanks to a Salomon Rondon brace.

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At the time, Bournemouth were one of the form teams, while Newcastle were scrapping for points. This time round though, just three points separate the sides.

Eddie Howe’s men are one place above us, showing just how much we have improved since the turn of the year.

But who will Rafa Benitez choose to start on the south coast?

Dummett and Fernandez in?

Newcastle will be without two players from the back five that started against Everton.

Fabian Schar is suspended, while Benitez has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles won’t be risked following his knee injury.

 

Paul Dummett will certainly start and likely captain the side, but a space at centre-back is still up for grabs. It is between Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark, and we believe the former is more likely.

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The return of Dummett gives Benitez two options. He can either deploy him as the left centre-back in a back five, or start him at left-back which would see us revert to four in defence. We believe the latter is more likely.

Diame in, Ki out?

Ki Sung-Yueng got the nod against Everton, but he didn’t do enough to guarantee a start this weekend.

Mo Diame’s energy could be important away from home, while Benitez might not be ready to risk starting Jonjo Shelvey.

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Also in midfield, Matt Ritchie should be deployed further up the pitch. This all depends on whether or not Benitez switches from 5-4-1 to 4-2-3-1.

Regardless, the creativity will come from Miguel Almiron and Ayoze Perez, tasked with supplying talisman Rondon with chances.

Predicted lineup to face Bournemouth: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Fernandez, Dummett; Diame, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez, Almiron; Rondon.

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