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Barclays Premier League Weekend Review

By: Marc Gingell

23 February – Part Two

Vitality Stadium 15:00 Bournemouth Wolves Referee S Hooper
St. James’ Park 15:00 Newcastle Huddersfield Referee K Friend
King Power Stadium 17:30 Leicester Crystal Palace Referee A Taylor

Bournemouth (11) vs Wolves (8)

Bournemouth have lost three of their last five games and each time they’ve lost failed to score. Chelsea were the last team to visit the Vitality Stadium and Bournemouth took full advantage of their performance that day to win 4-0. Wolves, safely through to the FA Cup quarter-final, will present a much sterner test for Eddie Howe’s side.

Team News

For Bournemouth David Brooks, one of the new finds of this Premier League season will be a big miss. He left the field against Chelsea after 67 minutes with an ankle injury and is not expected back until March 9th. Callum Wilson, with his knee injury, is also not expected back until the same day as Brooks. Simon Francis and Lewis Cook are long term injuries and Junior Stanislas will have a late test on his injured hip. Wolves have no injury problems.

Prediction

Wolves have a tough core with Ryan Bennett, Connor Coady, and Wily Boly putting up a firm shield in front of keeper Rui Patricio. Raul Jimenez leads the line well and could be among the goals.

Bournemouth 0 Wolves 3 

Newcastle (16) vs Huddersfield (20)

Jonjo Shelvey has recovered from his thigh problem and is in contention with new record signing Miguel Almiron. For Huddersfield, Karlan Grant could make his full debut.

Prediction

Huddersfield are on a terrible run but they might be able to shut-out Newcastle today.

Newcastle 0 Huddersfield 0

Leicester (12) vs Crystal Palace (13)

Leicester, five points in front of Palace, are on a winless run that stretches back six games in all competitions. They’ve lost five of those but did manage a good draw at Liverpool. Marc Albrighton could be out for the rest of the season after hamstring surgery. Ben Chilwell and James Maddison face later fitness checks. For Palace Wilfried Zaha returns from suspension but defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly are out.

Prediction

Two of the Premier Leagues most charismatic managers face off today with Claude Puel taken to get the better of Roy Hodgson.

Leicester 2 Crystal Palace 1

 

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