Charlie Nicholas previews and predicts Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Charlie Nicholas has been looking ahead to Saturday on the south coast.
He is also looking forward to the Bournemouth v Newcastle class.
The Sky Sports pundit declaring ‘Whoever watches this should be in for a treat.’
On a Saturday afternoon the 3pm kick-offs have a match allocated to each pundit in the studio and Charlie Nicholas wants to claim this one ‘If I was picking a game to watch on Saturday afternoon this is the one I would like.’
Thanks to a combination of the FA Cup and demands of TV, there isn’t exactly great competition.
The only other Premier League 3pm kick-offs on Saturday are Burnley v Leicester and West Ham v Huddersfield.
Charlie Nicolas declares that ‘Bournemouth are very good to watch’ and indeed there is no shortage of goals, 41 scored makes them eighth highest PL scorers and 54 conceded means only three have conceded more.
As for Newcastle, their 30 matches have seen only 67 goals for and against, 26 less than Bournemouth’s, a goal less per game.
Rafa’s team have conceded less goals than all but five clubs, only 38 let in. Whilst with 29 goals they have now rocketed up to be 17th highest scorers.
Charlie Nicholas points to a recent change of direction…’Rafael Benitez is he’s let his team off the reins a bit. Miguel Almiron has improved them and when you buy that type of player you must be more adventurous.’
He’s not wrong up to a point.
Almiron’s four starts have seen Newcastle score seven goals, compared to only 22 in the previous 26 PL matches.
Charlie Nicholas thinks it will be another 3-2 game for Newcastle but to be the losers this time.
Bournemouth have been very up and down this season, a bit like Newcastle, and ended a run of six games without a win with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield last weekend.
Newcastle will go above the home side on goal difference if they win, whilst Bournemouth maybe still look up the table and dream of seventh spot which is only seven points away.
Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:
“If I was picking a game to watch on Saturday afternoon this is the one I would like.
“Bournemouth are very good to watch.
“Callum Wilson is back and he’s got an international call-up again. He must be feeling good about himself.
“I like Josh King and Wilson as a partnership – good movement and a real partnership.
“They’re weak at the back because of injuries but the twist here with Rafael Benitez is he’s let his team off the reins a bit.
“Miguel Almiron has improved them and when you buy that type of player you must be more adventurous.
“Him, Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon are a handful.
“Whoever watches this should be in for a treat.
“Prediction is Bournemouth 3-2 Newcastle.”
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]