Bournemouth v Newcastle United


Bournemouth will be desperate to avoid the ignominy of falling into the relegation zone when they host Newcastle United at Dean Court on Saturday.

The Cherries have lost four of their last five league matches (or five of six in all competitions), including their last three matches on the trot, to slide down to 17th in the standings, just above the drop zone.

As can be expected, Eddie Howe's team are struggling in their first top-flight season, but it's worth noting that their recent run of defeats has come against the likes of Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool and Southampton, while their next opponents have fared even worse than them, offering the south-coast side a potential route out of their current slump.

A run of eight matches without victory saw Newcastle slide down to the foot of the table, but the Magpies recorded their first win of the season in emphatic style with a 6-2 thumping of Norwich City last month.

Unfortunately for Steve McClaren, that victory didn't turn out to be the spark that ignited their season as it was followed by a 3-0 loss to derby rivals and fellow relegation contenders Sunderland before they were held to a goalless draw with Stoke City last weekend.

Cherries boss Howe says that he "will make a late decision" on the fitness of defender Steve Cook (ankle) and goalkeeper Artur Boruc (hip/thigh) ahead of the clash, but otherwise has no fresh injury concerns.

For Newcastle, McClaren has a large contingent of sidelined players but will expect to have defender Daryl Janmaat (knee) and goalkeeper Rob Elliot (thigh) back from injury in time for the match. Others such as Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Emmanuel Riviere (knee), Curtis Good (hip/thigh) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) are still a few weeks away from a return.