57 min: Just back from a spell on the Naughty Step, Lewis Cook is booked for kicking the ball away in frustration after being correctly penalised for a shove in the back of Anthony Gordon.
54 min: Bournemouth are completely dominating this second half but don’t really look like scoring. Should they fail to beat, or even find themselves the victims of a smash-and-grab at the hands of this seriously understrength Newcastle side on their own patch, you’d really fear for both their prospects of staying up and Andoni Iraola’s prospects of keeping his job.
51 min: It’s heart-in-mouth time again for Toon fans as Kieran Trippier gives the ball away on the edge of his own penalty area. Not for the first time in recent minutes, Bournemouth are unable to capitalise on his error. Newcastle are riding their luck.
50 min: Bournemouth hoof the ball long in ther general direction of Antoine Semenyo. Livramento shepherds the ball back to Pope under pressure from the Bournemouth No24.
47 min: Dominic Solanke tries to pounce as Nick Pope is sold short by an under-hit Trippier back-pass that doesn’t makes it into his penalty area. The Bournemouth striker’s first touch is awful and ruins any chance he has of taking the ball around Pope and slotting home.
46 min: Play resumes with Tino Livramento on for Newcastle in place of Lewis Hall at left-back.
Bournemouth: It will be interesting to see Bournemouth’s first half expected goals. They’ve missed six fairly presentable chances to score, with Nick Pope playing an instrumental role in keeping Newcastle in the game. Ryan Christie, Antoine Semenyo, Dominic Solanke and Justin Kluivert will all feel they should have scored, although the three shots on goal Christie and Kluivert had between them were all from outside the penalty area. Pope did well to keep all three out. Newcastle, by contrast, have been restricted to just one shot on target, a fine Sean Longstaff effort that was well saved by Neto.
Peep! Chris Kavanagh draws the first half to a close with the deadlock between the sides resolutely intact. Bournemouth have been in the ascendency and missed several decent scoring opportunities but this looks like a match that could definitely go either way. If Newcastle can score first, one suspects it might really knock the stuffing out of their hosts, who look very low on confidence.
45+5 min: The atmosphere at the Vitality Stadium seems strangely flat as we approach half-time. Newcastle have been far from their best, which is completely understandable given how many of their key players are absent. But for Bournemouth’s profligacy in front of goal, they would almost certainly be behind. For now, though, they’re holding on fairly comfortably in the face of a fairly unimpressive Bournemouth effort.
45+2 min: Senesi boots the ball upfield as Joe Willock tries to chase down a hit-and-hope clearance from Kieran Trippier, who had hooked a bouncing ball over his own head under pressure from Justin Kluivert.
45+1 min: Solanke will soldier on for the six minutes of added time that have been advised before being assessed at the break.
44 min: I expect we’ll have a fair amount of added time at the end of this first half, as there have been several breaks in play for players to receive treatment. Dominic Solanke is the latest to go to ground, hitting the deck and holding his thigh after stretching to contest a fifty-fifty ball.
42 min: Christie lofts the ball into the Newcastle penalty area and it’s perfectly placed for Semenyo to control and strike unopposed. The Ghana international makes a complete pig’s ear of what is a golden opportunity and the ball bounces harmlessly out of play without him even touching it.
39 min: Marcus Tavernier is forced to block and clear after Marcos Senesi had rashly dived in to try and stop an Anthony Gordon sprint down the touchline. He completely missed both ball and man, allowing Gordon to get his cross in but he couldn’t pick out a teammate. With more precision and complosure, Newcastle might have scored against the run of play on that occasion.
36 min: Max Aarons sends a long ball up the touchline trying to pick out Solanke. He cuts inside and rolls the ball into the path of Semenyo, who sents his low, diagonal effort wide of Nick Pope’s far post.
34 min: So, Miguel Almiron joins a list of Newcastle lame, halt and suspended that is almost as long as Eddie Howe’s arm. One suspects the international break cannot come quickly enough for the Newcastle boss.
32 min: Bournemouth take their corner and Nick Pope comes off his line to punch clear. The ball drops kindly for Ryan Christie on the edge of the area and the Bournemouth midfielder shoots goalwards through a thicket of legs, bringing an excellent save out of Pope.
31 min: There’s another break in play as Miguel Almiron goes down injured in the Bournemouth half. He seems to have some sort of muscle strain and has to go off. He’s replaced by Matt Ritchie, who comes on for what is just his third appearnace of the season.
29 min: Justin Kluivert rides a challenge in midfield and gallops towards the edge of the Newcastle penalty area. His shot from the edge of it is on target. It dips, swerves and takes some saving by Nick Pope. Corner for Bournemouth.
27 min: Cutting in from the right, Almiron is outmuscled as he tries to get around Lloyd Kelly by the byline. Kelly is too strong for him and appears to shove him off the ball but there’s no penalty appeal. I’ll tell you what … I’ve seen them given for a lot less. In recent weeks against Wolves.
24 min: Lewises Miley and Hall combine out by the touchline to try and send Miguel Almiron on his way but the Paraguayan runs into traffic and loses the ball. Between them, Miley and Hall have a combined age of 36 years old. Thirty-six!!!
21 min: While trying to control the ball out by the right touchline, Lewis Hall looses his footing to gift a throw-in to Bournemouth. There wasn’t much, if anything he could do about that but both sides are conceding a lot of cheap possession.
18 min: Now Bournemouth midfielder Antoine Semenyo goes down injured. He seems to have a problem with his ankle or achilles tendon. After receiving treatment, he is also fit to continue for the time being. He’s been a very influential presence in the opening 15 minutes of this game.
18 min: Newcastle attack and Anthony Gordon sends a low, fairly weak shot straight into the waiting arms of Neto.
16 min: Schar seems okay to continue for now at least and returns to the field after his obligatory 30-second sojourn by the touchline.
14 min: Newcastle’s injury woes look set to continue as Fabian Schar pulls up feeling his hamstring. There’s a pause in play as he receives treatment. Emile Krafth is told to warm up.
13 min: Lascelles is forced out of position to dispossess Justin Kluivert on the left flank. It’s another robust sliding tackle and the Newcastle captain sends the ball into into the stand.
12 min: Excellent defending from Jamal Lascelles, who gets back to slide in and block a Dominic Solanke shot on goal from a tight angle after the Bournemouth striker had been played in by Semenyo. Solanke should have shot earlier, or at least with a little more conviction.
10 min: Marcus Tavernier canters down the left flank and tries to pick out Semenyo with a cross. His aim is wayward and Fabian Schar clears under little or no pressure.
8 min: Much better from Newcastle. Joelinton tees up Sean Longstaff a yard or two outside the Bournemouth penalty area and the midfielder strikes goalwards with considerable venom. Neto gets a strong arm behind the ball to turn it over the bar for a corner. The subsequent inswinger is headed clear by Dominic Solanke.
6 min: Good play from Anthony Gordon, who finds himself running down a blind alley but still wins a corner for Newcastle by sending the ball out of play off Lewis Cook. Nothing comes from the set-piece.
5 min: Bourneouth’s early dominance shows no sign of abating, with Newcastle struggling to get hold of the ball and escape from their own half.
2 min: Pope is called into action again, this time forced to save from Antoine Semenyo’s low, left-footed shot towards the bottom corner. Newcastle have been caught cold here and need to wake up; Semenyo was given the freedom of the park to run towards their penalty area
1 min: Newcastle get the ball rolling, their players wearing those green shirts that some cybics suggest might be a nod to the national team of their Saudi owners. Within seconds they’re on the back foot as Bournemouth get forward and Ryan Christie stings the palms of Nick Pope with a rising drive. The Newcastle goalkeeper saves comfortably.
Some pre-match remembrance: Holding wreaths, Andoni Iraola and Eddie Howe flank Corporal Liam Dice near the touchline as a bugler in the centre-circle plays The Last Post over an impeccably observed silence.
Philip Billing update: The word on the street is that the Bournemouth midfielder misses out after picking up an unspecified “knock” in training.
Not long now: The teams are led out by their respective skippers, Neto and Jamal Lascelles. They walk past some members of the armed forces, who are lined up outside the tunnel exit and take their places either side of Chris Kavanagh and his team of match officials.
Those teams: Andoni Iraola makes five changes to the side that got hammered by Manchester City last weekend. Neto is back in goal after recovering from injury; he replaces his deputy, Ionut Radu. Lewis Cook returns from suspension, while Marcos Senesi and Justin Kluivert also come into the side. Chris Mepham and Milos Kerkez drop to the bench, while Alex Scott is out with a knee injury. Philip Billing is a conspicuous absentee from the matchday squad – more news on that as I get it.
As feared by Newcastle fans, Callum Wilson misses out with a hamstring injury and will be replaced by Joe Willock. Lewis Hall comes in for the injured Dan Burn at left-back, while the 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Miley makes his first start in the Premier League in what is only his third senior appearance for the club. Hats off to him.
Newcastle United: Eddie Howe has indicated Newcastle will do everything in their power to resist a proposed new Premier League rule that would prevent teams from signing players on loan from associated clubs. Louise Taylor reports …
Bournemouth: Neto, Cook, Kelly, Senesi, Zabarnyi, Aarons, Christie, Tavernier, Kluivert, Semenyo, Solanke.
Subs: Travers, Kerkez, Mepham, Brooks, Rothwell, Ouattara, Smith, Sinisterra, Traore.
Newcastle United: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Joelinton, Gordon, Hall, Almiron, Willock, Longstaff, Miley.
Subs: Dubravka, Gillespie, Dummett, Ritchie, Krafth, Livramento, Diallo, Murphy, Parkinson.
Eddie Howe takes a severely depleted squad to his old stomping ground, with the list of players unavailable to him through injury or suspension running into double figures. Sandro Tonali remains suspended for illegal betting activites, while – deep breath – Jacob Murphy, Dan Burn, Harvey Barnes, Elliot Anderson, Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak, Matt Targett and Javier Manquillo are all sidelined through injury. Callum Wilson’s participation in today’s game is also in doubt and the striker’s fitness is being assessed.
Bournemouth have plenty of injury problems of their own, having lost Alex Scott to a knee injury just four games into his return from a long lay-off recovering from from a problem with his other knee. His fellow summer signing Tyler Adams is also sidelined with a troublesome thigh injury that will keep him out for another three or four months. The American has made just one appearance for Bournemouth so far this season. Emiliano Hansen and Norberto Neto are also out.
Newcastle make the long trip to Bournemouth for the Eddie Howe derby, with their manager bringing a threadbare squad decimated by injury and suspension to take on his struggling former club. In the relegation zone, Bournemouth come into this game on the back of a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, while their visitors will be hoping to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat in Dortmund.
Newcastle beat Arsenal in their most recent Premier League outing, with Anthony Gordon scoring a contentious winner that sent Mikel Arteta into an apoplectic funk. Another win today would move Newcastle up to fifth ahead of tomorrow’s busy top flight schedule but given the number of key players they are missing, they are inlikely to have it all their own way. Kick-off at the Vitality Stadium is at 5.30pm (GMT) but we’ll have plenty of team news and build-up in the meantime.