PRIOR to his move to England, Andoni Iraola had not faced many Premier League managers in the dugout before.

But one he has come up against previously is Newcastle United’s Eddie Howe.

During the World Cup break in December last year, Iraola brought his Rayo Vallecano side to St James’s Park for a friendly, which the Magpies won 2-1 thanks to goals from Sean Longstaff and Chris Wood.

The two bosses go head-to-head again today, Newcastle visiting Cherries in the Premier League (5.30pm).

Discussing his last match against Howe, Iraola told the Daily Echo: “We played a game there in Newcastle, with Rayo.

“It was a good game. I think it is different when it is a friendly.

“Probably both of the teams try to play more, try to take more risks, because there are less consequences.

“Probably in a competition game, the level of risk you take changes a little bit, but we know what we are going to face, because they are a team that normally is high pressing, a lot of running into the space, very good in the last third with the players they have up front.

“Every time they arrive, they are really dangerous, with a high rhythm.

“It will be, I think, a physically demanding game and we have to be ready and prepared for this.”

Newcastle currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, 12 places and 14 points above Cherries after 11 matches.

Cherries held the Magpies to two 1-1 draws in the league last season, Marcos Senesi’s goal earning a point the last time the two sides met, in February.