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AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle

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22 Feb 2018
Ayoze Perez, Newcastle

Tyrone Mings (back) remains a long-term absentee for AFC Bournemouth but they have been boosted by the return of Jermain Defoe to training this week.

Manager Eddie Howe says the Cherries have picked up "a couple of knocks" but did not reveal who might be doubtful. 

Newcastle United have lost striker Islam Slimani to a thigh injury that Rafael Benitez expects will keep him out for at least two weeks.

Did you know?

AFC Bournemouth have never lost a Premier League home match against a promoted side (W6 D1). They have won the last six and scored 21 goals in the process.

The Cherries are looking to win a fourth consecutive PL home match for the first time.

Newcastle United, who beat Manchester United in their last outing, could win a second successive PL match for the first time since September.

Ayoze Perez has scored in both of his PL starts against AFC Bournemouth and struck the winning goal in November 2015. The last Newcastle player to score in their first three starts against the same opponent was Papiss Cisse in November 2015 against Crystal Palace.

Club previews

AFC Bournemouth: Howe on Defoe availability
Newcastle: Lejeune eyeing another vital victory

Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Simon Beck, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: James Linington

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