Newcastle put their two-game unbeaten run on the line against Bournemouth this weekend.
The Magpies are in a confident mood after the win against West Ham, which saw our front three run riot. In true Newcastle fashion, we nearly threw away a three-goal lead, showing how crucial it is that we take our chances. Allan Saint-Maximin had two key chances to kill the game off in the first half, but squandered them.
But alas, it was a promising performance from Newcastle, who take on a Bournemouth side who beat Manchester United last weekend. So who should Steve Bruce select?
Injury news means no change at the back
Therefore, there should be no changes at the back. The defence has been key for Newcastle, as it’s been our biggest source of goals. Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark were the heroes against West Ham, with both scoring first-half headers.
Shelvey took his chance vs West Ham
Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey were the chosen midfielders last week, replacing the Longstaff brothers. And while Matty didn’t deserve to be dropped, Shelvey certainly took his chance at the London Stadium.
Based on last week’s performance, Shelvey deserves to keep his place in the starting XI. He and Hayden worked brilliantly, with Shelvey’s goal eventually sealing the win.
Front three ride again
Last week, we saw what our front three can really do. Joelinton was a focal point, bringing others into the game, while ASM and Miguel Almiron used their pace and dribbling ability to get in behind and create chances. Saint-Maximin in particular was a joy to watch.
Hopefully the trio are more confident now and can take their form into the game against Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s defence should be worried about coming up against Saint-Maximin, that’s for sure.
Predicted lineup: Dubravka; Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark; Yedlin, Shelvey, Hayden, Willems; Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.