Eddie Howe was a miracle-worker on the South Coast for Bournemouth as he guided his beloved Cherries up the footballing ladder, one rung at a time, before the Premier League came calling. He will now be looking to knock his former side out of the EFL Cup and help his Newcastle side reach the quarter-final stage of the competition for just the second time in the last six seasons.
The Toon Army are currently on a 11 game unbeaten run across all competitions and including a penalty shootout victory over Crystal Palace in the last round, they have won each of their six matches and will hoping to build on their impressive run before the enforced break for the World Cup.
Bournemouth,on the other hand, ended a four game losing streak with back-to-back wins over Everton in the league and in the EFL Cup to ensure they ended the first part of the season on a high. Gary O’Neil, who was in temporary charge, has now been handed the reigns on a permanent basis and will be looking to get his official start to life as Bournemouth manager off to the perfect start.
It will be tough task however, with Newcastle remaining unbeaten at St.James’ Park this term, winning six and drawing of three of their nine home matches.
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Miggy Almiron was in the form of his life before the break for the World Cup in Qatar, scoring seven goals and providing one assist in his eight starts for the club, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for October after some phenomenal displays. The Paraguayan has either scored or assisted in each of his last four starts at St.James’ Park and became just the second overseas player after Papiss Cisse to score in four Premier League games for Newcastle.
He boasts an impressive conversion rate of 21.6% in the Premier League this term, scoring eight goals from just 37 shots and 13 shots on target and will be hoping to pick up where he left off before the enforced pause to the season.