Bournemouth fans have every reason to be happy at the minute.

Now 13 weeks into the season and sitting sixth in the Premier League just ahead of Manchester United.

Things could have been even better as the Cherries deserved led last weekend’s game before Rashford equalised and a cruel last gasp winner sealed it for Man Utd.

On the road, as well as beating West Ham earlier, the last two away matches have seen travelling Bournemouth fans watch their team win 4-0 at Watford and 3-0 at Fulham.

Newcastle have just beaten Watford but the overwhelming view from the Bournemouth fans is that this was a case of Rafa’s team having all the luck.

The visitors have every reason to be confident but can this Newcastle team make it a wasted journey for those from the south coast…?

Bournemouth fans comment via their Up The Cherries message board:

‘Newcastle’s confidence could be up after their win and, given our fixture list, it’s important we get something from this one. May turn into a tense one.’

‘From what I saw of the highlights – they were actually pretty lucky – Watford couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo!’

‘If we attack and play like we did in the first half like Saturday (against Man Utd) we won’t have any problems.’

‘Their win last week was a complete and total fluke. They’re incredibly sh.., probably one of the worst teams in the league, and the only reason they might not go down this year is because there are about 5 other teams that are just as bad as they are.’

‘Watford should have been out of sight by half time.

Newcastle then had injuries to Lascelles and Shelvey (in theory 2 of their best players) but the enforced subs apparently improved the team and they sneaked a win. Even then Watford missed a sitter in the last minute.’

‘Well if Newcastle set up to attack and win the game then that’s ok by us, because we’d have more chance winning ourselves than we would if they setup to defend. Rafa is excellent at setting up a team defensively, better than Mark Hughes. And like Hughes did, if Rafa wanted to grind out a 0-0 draw, there’s a good chance he’d achieve that. Should be a good game.’

‘Watford fan here – Well all I can say is you probably won’t be as wasteful as us were last week!

Newcastle weren’t great but got the win so fair enough.

Hopefully we won’t be such a problem v Southampton…

Speaking of bad pundits – just heard Danny Kelly say you’ve not done much on the road.

I guess winning your last two away games 7-0 on aggerate isn’t enough!’

‘Morning folks. Hardly ever post, but rather excited this morning. Bringing 5 mates down from Edinburgh to watch the game today. Did we sell our full 1800 allocation?

More importantly, what pub(s) are we congregating in? I want to get the singing voice prepared pre-match.’

‘We all met in Yates last year.’

‘You have to visit ..The Strawberry.. right outside the ground.’

‘Was there two years ago for the 3-1 victory and there was a great bar next to the ground – loads of screens for the early game (though it’s not a riveting contest today). No idea what it’s called though, could have been the strawberry.’

‘Not going today, but The Bodega was really friendly and close to the ground.

If moaning Magpies is your kind of thing, give it a go.’



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Graham Porter