1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Simon Francis (RB) – The Bournemouth captain is expected to return after sitting out last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United, and will have his hands full with the tricky Kenedy.
Steve Cook (CB) – Cook has played every minute of Bournemouth’s season so far, and will relish the battle Salomon Rondon brings to the table.
Nathan Ake (CB) – He’s forged an excellent partnership with Cook so far, conceding just 14 goals in 11 games, and should start again on Tyneside.
Adam Smith (LB) – Normally a right back, Smith has been converted to the left of the defence recently and has been effective enough to make the position his own.
Junior Stanislas (RM) – Playing some of the best football of his career so far, Stanislas has made himself an important player in an impressive Bournemouth side and should be trusted to demonstrate that again on Saturday.
Jefferson Lerma (CM) – The Colombian has added some bite to the Cherries’ midfield since arriving in the summer, and will be important in a tight midfield battle.
Lewis Cook (CM) – The ideal counterpoint to Lerma, Cook brings a gentler touch to the game, and operates as a key attacking cog from a deeper position.
Ryan Fraser (LM) – The Scottish winger started the season on fire, and despite cooling in recent weeks, shouldn’t face too much competition for his spot against Newcastle .
David Brooks (CAM) – The 21-year-old has featured pretty heavily so far, appearing in 10 of their 11 league games, and impressed in doing so, scoring three goals.
Callum Wilson (CF) – Wilson’s early season form has earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, scoring seven and assisting five in his 13 appearances so far. He’ll be looking to prove himself further against a low in confidence Newcastle defence.