Burnley 1 – Newcastle 0
Had Newcastle won at Turf Moor on Monday night, the Magpies could have moved up to sixth in the Premier League.
But that’s not how things panned out. Burnley ground out a 1-0 win thanks to Jeff Hendrick’s second half winner in a truly forgettable match.
The three points, however, did Sean Dyche’s reputation no harm as he’s being courted by Everton.
Burnley are up to seventh in the league, level on points with Liverpool. Newcastle are left in ninth.
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Next Saturday in the Premier League, Newcastle will be hoping to return to winning ways when Bournemouth visit St James’ Park.
The Cherries lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea last Saturday, leaving Eddie Howe’s side second from bottom.
Bournemouth will be desperate for a win against Newcastle, and they could be boosted by a setback for Rafa Benitez.
Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino has been one of the stars for Newcastle this season. But he missed the Burnley game with a back problem, and it could keep him sidelined v Bournemouth.
Asked about the injury after losing to Burnley Benitez said:
We have to wait. He will see the specialist and see how he feels.
We need to wait a couple of days and be sure we have the right decision for him.
Mikel Merino has averaged 3.9 tackles per 90 minutes this season.
He also underlined his value to Newcastle in their last home game, as he popped up with a late winner against Crystal Palace.
Newcastle’s only other injury concern is Paul Dummett, who is a long term absentee with a thigh problem.
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Bournemouth’s injury problems
As for Bournemouth, they have problems with seven players at the moment.
Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith are all out with long term injuries.
Question marks also hover over Joshua King (back), Ryan Fraser (knock), Junior Stanislas (hip) and Benik Afobe (other).