By Russell Edge

17th Feb, 2018 | 7:54pm

Three things Newcastle need to focus on in Bournemouth build up: 24-year-old set for axe

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Newcastle United have been handed a two week break between matches as a result of their absence from the FA Cup fifth round, as the battle for survival from relegation heats up at the bottom of the table.
The Magpies managed to lift themselves out of the bottom three with a surprise win over Manchester United a week ago, Matt Ritchie’s goal and Martin Dubravka’s heroics at the other end of the pitch securing what could prove to be a valuable three points.
With yet another week to go until they head down the the south coast to take on Bournemouth, manager Rafael Benitez will still be working as hard as ever on the training ground, ensuring his players are well drilled in what is a clash against an outside bet for relegation come the end of the season.
So what exactly will the Spanish boss be focused on ahead of the clash?
Here, Football Insider picks out three things that must be working on in the build up, including the possible axing of a 24-year-old against the Cherries.
Click below to find out which Newcastle star needs to be managed carefully ahead of the clash: