Bournemouth - Newcastle United Preview: McClaren and co aim to move out of the bottom three
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Newcastle United will travel to Bournemouth in the early kick off this Saturday, and will be hoping to pile even more misery on the newly promoted club.

Newcastle have the edge

Although neither side has shown any great form over the season, Newcastle look to be side who could go and win this game. Last week's game against Stoke City was an excellent response to the derby for Newcastle, but they lacked a killer blow against the Potters.

However, Bournemouth come into this game on the back of five straight defeats, so Newcastle will hope that they can rediscover the performance that helped them defeat Norwich 6-2 three weeks ago.

Battle of the backs

Both sides have struggled defensively this season, Newcastle conceding 22 and Bournemouth letting in 24. Both sides will be nervous because of how important the game is so early on in the season, and defences will more than likely see the brunt of this pressure. 

After a clean sheet last week against Stoke, Newcastle can be quietly confident going into this bottom of the table clash.  Chancel Mbemba showed that he is starting to look like a real force in the Newcastle backline, with a really solid performance last weekend.

If he and the rest of the Newcastle defence can earn a cleen sheet tomorrow, they will have faith in the quality that their strike force possess to get the job done.

Team news

The massive relief for the away side is that Rob Elliot has recovered from a thigh injury that he picked up last week against Stoke. He will put on the gloves and take up his place in goal this weekend. Another massive bit of news is that Newcastle right-back Daryl Janmaat has passed a fitness test which will see him available for the visit to the Cherries. Kevin Mbabu has also passed a fitness test making him available.

Bournemouth have a few slight worries, late fitness tests will be handed to goalkeeper Artur Boruc suffering from a thigh injury, and defender Steve Crook who is suffering from an ankle injury. The duo have missed Bournemouth's last two games. However, young talent Joshua King is in line for a start after impressing as a second-half substitute against Southampton last weekend.