Premier League strugglers AFC Bournemouth welcome Newcastle United to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday.

The Cherries’ 5-year top flight stay is under threat, with the club in the relegation zone ahead of the Magpies’ visit.

Eddie Howe is yet to taste victory since the season’s resumption, with consecutive defeats for his side leaving them in danger of the drop.

With Watford and Aston Villa both losing in their last outings and West Ham welcoming Chelsea to the London Stadium, Wednesday’s clash with Newcastle United could be pivotal.

For the Toon, Steve Bruce saw his side exit the FA Cup at the quarter final stage on Sunday, where they were convincingly beaten by a dominant Manchester City.

With Newcastle seemingly safe from relegation, just a point from the ‘magic 40’ mark, progression in the FA Cup was capturing the minds of supporters – the club having not reached the last 8 of the competition for 14 years.

Steve Bruce’s side haven’t played away from St James’ Park since March 7, and haven’t won twice in a row on the road since January 2018.

Those stats will encourage Bournemouth gaffer Howe, who will be without leading marksman Callum Wilson – the striker suspended for this one after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season against Wolves.

Ryan Fraser turned his back on the Cherries’ cause after refusing to sign a short term contract, with the Scot officially becoming a free agent as of June 30.

Josh King will be back in contention for the visit of Newcastle, however, after missing the trip to Molineux with a knock.

Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis continue to recover from injury, whilst Philip Billing could have shaken off a dead leg picked up last time out.

Steve Bruce won’t have centre halves Florian Lejuene and Ciaran Clark at his disposal, with both missing out through injury, but may have midfielder Matt Ritchie available for the game against his former club should he pass a fitness test.

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United at the Vitality Stadium is a 6pm kick off on Wednesday, July 1.

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