Newcastle United must win at Bournemouth on Saturday if they are to avoid their worst start to a top-flight season since 1968.
Artur Boruc and Steve Cook remain doubtful for Bournemouth with respective thigh and ankle injuries which have seen them miss the Cherries’ last two games.
Junior Stanislas and Joshua King are pushing for starts having impressed as substitutes in last weekend’s defeat at Southampton.
Newcastle, meanwhile, could be forced to start 18-year-old Fred Woodman in goal, with Rob Elliot a doubt due to a thigh injury. Tim Krul and Karl Darlow are longer-term absentees.
Kick-off at Dean Court is at 12.45pm.
- Bournemouth and Newcastle United have only ever met six times in all competitions with two wins apiece and two draws.
- Newcastle have won none and lost 10 of their last 12 Premier League away games, scoring just three goals in that run.
- Newcastle have only won two of their last 22 Premier League games (W2 D5 L15).
- This is the first time that Newcastle have won just once in their opening 11 matches of a top-flight season since 1977-78, a season which saw them relegated.
- If Newcastle fail to win this match, it’ll be their joint lowest tally of wins (1) from their opening 12 games of a top-flight season alongside 1968-69 and 1898-99.
- The Magpies have failed to score in six Premier League matches this season, more than any other team.
- Newcastle have scored five headed goals from just six headers on target in the Premier League this season.
- Bournemouth have proved to be fast starters with two thirds of their goals netted in the opening half an hour of matches (8 out of 12) – the highest proportion in the top flight.
- Bournemouth have covered more distance than every one of their opponents in their 11 Premier League games so far this season.
- Of players currently playing in the Premier League, only Cesc Fabregas (19) has more assists in the English top-four tiers than Matt Ritchie (18) since the start of 2014-15.