Our match prediction:
The disappointing season continues for Newcastle United, who are now back in the relegation zone and in all sorts of problems ahead of the relegation six-pointer against Bournemouth. In spite of the heavy spending in the summer and the arrival of Shelvey, Saivet and Townsend in January, then Magpies continue to struggle, with the team completely out of confidence after losing four of last five fixtures. Steve McClaren’s side will be up against AFC Bournemouth side that continue to exceed expectations, with 2-0 triumph over Southampton seeing them create an eight-point advantage over the bottom three. This means that the Cherries can play a waiting game at St James’ Park and look for their opportunity on the break, and no doubts they would be more than happy with one point from this match. Predicting the winner of this tie does not seem an easy task, but we believe the two teams will eventually cancel each other out.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.