Bournemouth fans have had plenty to say ahead of the visit of Newcastle United.
A run of 15 points from a possible 21 had seen the Cherries soar from the bottom three and into the top half of the table.
However, the Bournemouth fans who travelled, then saw their team fall apart when losing 4-1 at Huddersfield in the last match, the Terrier having lost five in a row before that win.
So which Bournemouth team will Newcastle face today?
One Newcastle player picked out for special mention and lengthy debate, is Matt Ritchie.
He played a key role in Bournemouth’s rise from League One to Premier League but Bournemouth fans are split on whether he deserves applause today.
The perception of most is that he left them for more money at Newcastle, though one or two do believe that joining Rafa and moving to a ‘bigger’ club were also key reasons.
It is timely that Ritchie scored his first goal of the season in the Man Utd game, his first away one of the campaign today, would go a long way towards building on that result.
Bournemouth fans comment via their top Bournemouth Vital Football message board:
‘Newcastle will be bolstered by the manure result and are due a really big performance, just hope it won’t be today.’
‘Let the boys go out, play well at home, get an early lead and grab the three points that will almost certainly assure safety with 10 games to play. Up the Cherries.’
“A little nervous, but looking fwd to hopefully a cracking game.’
‘Looking forward to welcoming Matt back, just hope he’s polite enough not to score…’
‘People mention Matt Ritchie assists, I’m not a great fan of the usage really as I consider the whole team as assisting but in Matt’s case I would expect a player in his position to provide regular assists as he did with us.
Based on Newcastle data and the PL situation it could be a really tight game but I can see 2-1 or 3-1, if we are angry enough about the last game!’
‘Several players have come out since Huddersfield and told us how disappointed and angry they feel about that game.
Well now’s the time to show it, and walk the walk!’
‘It’s been 2 weeks since the Hudds debacle so they have had a long time to stew over that performance and be ready to release their anger on Saturday.
Meanwhile, any momentum Newcastle might have got after their Man Utd win could well have been lost over these 2 weeks.’
‘Games with Newcastle seem to be crucial times in our season…
Winning up there effectively meaning we were safe in our first season and relegating (effectively) Newcastle… This season, our late winner up there effectively lifted us out of the relegation zone and helped us before our awful run of games…
This game now could ‘almost’ see us safe, with 3 points moving us onto 34, by the end of Feb… Im not counting too many chickens, but ‘if’ we won on Saturday, a monumental swing in form would need to happen for us to not still be in the PL next season…
Gonna hopefully be a good game and always a fixture I look forward to in the season… I hope they (Newcastle) get enough, after Saturday, to stay up as well…’
‘There were some impressive performances in their last game against Manchester United.
Martin Dubravka their new goalkeeper had a great game, also Jonjo Shelvey had a MOM performance. The scorer of the goal against Man U and his first Premier League goal for Newcastle, Matt Ritchie, has 5 assists this season so far. This will be his first visit back to Dean Court in a Newcastle shirt, so is my player to watch.’
‘I think Kenedy is one to watch as well. He seems to have slotted in really well since arriving on loan.’
‘Kenedy flying on left wing….. hoping that’s been noted.’
‘Kenedy has had a new lease of life since leaving Chelsea. He will annihillate Francis.
Also, remember that 0-1 defeat when we peppered their goal? The Newc – Man Utd game reminded me of that a bit but Newcastle’s new keeper was inspired. Lets hope he doesn’t have another day like that tomorrow.’
‘Hey Ho Bro! Let’s not get too carried away- this is the Newcastle of Now, not WOR Jackie Milburn, Len Shackleton or the mercurial Bobby Mitchell of the fifties! This is Shelve- life, Lacks- cells and Matt Richboy! We have WOR Wee Man, Stan the Man, and the man who can Callum WORson! Love Newcastle Club and people but — we are the team of ths Decade!’
‘Playing Newcastle for me is the one fixture that makes me ‘feel’ the vibe of being in the top league!’
‘Kenedy on one wing and Ritchie on the other.
Just going on what I saw in their last home match, the keeper had a fautless game on his debut.
Matt Ritchie took his goal well.
Now can these players repeat this performance against us?
Chose Ritchie as player to watch out for, think he will want to have a good game against his old team mates.’
‘For all the good Matt Ritchie did, dropping down a league for a big pay rise wasn’t exactly the best way to go.
Especially after rumour after rumour that he wanted away.’
‘I dont blame the bloke for following the money but I wont be applauding him. He’s now just the opposition.’
‘Let’s not pretend it was just money. Newcastle are a substantially bigger club with a manager who has managed European giants and won the Champions League.’
‘I will applaud him, he played a massive part in our rise to the premier league . I don’t blame him, if somebody offered to double my wages I to would go, who wouldn’t. A footballer career is short and let them take when they can.
The only loyalty in football are the fans for all others in involved it’s a career and business.’
‘And lets also not pretend it wouldn’t be hilarious if even with all their managers accolades, it didn’t save them from the drop.’
‘There are a few teams I’d like to see relegated… Newcastle are not one of them…
Matt Ritchie was a massive part of this club and you cannot blame in one bit for gambling on a move to Newcastle… So far it has paid off for him…’
‘Just remember some great goals and performances in the promotion seasons, possibly our best player – and give him a clap for a minute.
Then let the Mag fans take over.’