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Newcastle predicted lineup vs Bournemouth

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Newcastle United will look to cement their place in the Premier League top four when they travel to Bournemouth on Saturday.

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The Magpies are one point clear of Tottenham in fifth with a game in hand, but have drawn four of their last five league matches and need to start converting stalemates into victories.

They face a Bournemouth side in freefall having lost 11 and won just two of their last 15 games across all competitions, finding themselves stuck in the bottom three.

Here’s how Eddie Howe may set up against his former club.

GK: Nick Pope – One of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

RB: Kieran Tripper – Remains a vital cog in this black and white machine with his creativity and defensive tenacity.

CB: Fabian Schar – A key part of the meanest defence in the Premier League. Has found a new level under Howe.

CB: Sven Botman – Has looked every inch the world-class talent we all thought he was since arriving in the Premier League.

LB: Dan Burn – Continues to do an excellent job deputising for Matt Targett.

CM: Joe Willock – WIthout a goal or assist in any competition since mid-November but continues to work hard for the team and will keep his place, especially with Guimaraes suspended.

CM: Sean Longstaff – While those around him push forward, Longstaff provides an excellent platform and protection for the defence. That said, he’s popped in two goals and an assist in his last two appearances.

CM: Joelinton – Will be expected to carry the attacking thrust in the absence of Guimaraes. Isn’t scoring for fun but his ability and physical profile have made him a dominant force.

RW: Miguel Almiron – Has slowed down in terms of goals and assists, but he remains so important with his industry and willingness to commit defenders on the run.

ST: Callum Wilson – Ended a 15-game for club and country dating back to October with a goal in the third minute against West Ham last time out. That should see him start again, even with Isak back in action.

LW: Anthony Gordon – Made a very promising debut cameo from the bench against West Ham and may be given the nod here off the back of that.

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