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Preview: A closer look at the weekend's opponents Newcastle United

Posted: Fri 04 Mar 2016
Author: afcb.co.uk
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Ahead of AFC Bournemouth's game against Newcastle United, we take a closer look at the Magpies and their season so far.

Newcastle United

Nickname: The Magpies
Manager: Steve McClaren
Captain: Fabricio Coloccini
2014-15: 15th
Stadium: St James' Park
Capacity: 52,405
Current Position: 19th
Form: WLLWLL

Season so far…

Newcastle United’s home form has been excellent of late, having only lost one of their last six games at St.James’ Park.

They head into the game off the back of two consecutive away defeats to Chelsea and Stoke City, but the Toon but have only lost four times in the entire campaign at home.

Following a good transfer window, where they brought in proven Premier League players such as Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend and European goalscorer Seydou Doumbia, there will be enough belief at the club that they can turn around their fortunes, as they look to secure safety in the Premier League.
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Star Player…

Georginio Wijnaldum has been Newcastle’s stand-out performer this season, topping their goal scoring chart with 9 goals and helping to assist another 3.

He completed a summer transfer from PSV Eindhoven after helping them to the Eredivisie title, scoring 14 goals in the process. The playmaker has already proved that he can pop up with some important goals this season, scoring in wins against West Ham and Liverpool and 4 goals in one game against Norwich City.
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Last Time Out…

Newcastle dropped to 19th in the League after a 1-0 defeat away from home against Stoke. The Magpies were coming off an 18-day break however they showed no signs of it as they started off the better side and were undone just ten minutes from time when Xherdan Shaqiri netted. 

Steve McClaren’s men were so close to nicking a point, however Jack Butland made an incredible save to stop Doumbia from scoring.
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Last game against the Cherries…

AFC Bournemouth 0- 1 Newcastle United
Saturday 7th November 2015
Vitality Stadium

It was a frustrating day for the Cherries as an inspired display from Rob Elliot helped the Toon take three points from Vitality Stadium. Howe’s men started the better side when Joshua King made an early run into the box but it took a stretched hand from Elliot to stop the ball flying into the top right hand corner. Elliot was in top form on the day and after 27 minutes Wijnaldum managed to flick the ball to Ayoze Perez who made a short run into the box and unleashed a quick shot which Adam Federici was unlucky not to save. 
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Facts…

• The most goals scored in the Premier League is 260, a record held by Newcastle United club legend Alan Shearer. He netted 206 times for the Toon.
• The club’s badge originates from the city’s coat of arms, the seahorses represent the Tyneside club’s connection with the sea and the castle represents the city’s Norman keep
• In the 1993/94 season Newcastle achieved the highest finish for a newly promoted club, when they finished 3rd in the Premier League
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More Newcastle preview content, including Eddie Howe's press conference and an exclusive interview with Steve Cook, is available here.