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PREVIEW: Burnley v Newcastle United

Tale of the tape as the Clarets prepare for Monday night under the lights

26 November 2018

The weekend’s results have tightened things up at the bottom end of the Premier League with only one point separating six clubs.

Huddersfield Town’s win at Wolves on Sunday lifted the Terriers off the bottom of the table and above both Burnley and Newcastle United into 14th-place.

That has raised the stakes ahead of Monday night’s meeting at Turf Moor with United and the Clarets both looking to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three.

Rafa Benitez’s side eased their immediate concerns with back-to-back home wins before the international break, while the Clarets stopped the rot with a battling 0-0 draw at Leicester City.

On-loan striker Salomon Rondon scored twice in Newcastle's win over Bournemouth

Sean Dyche’s men would love another clean sheet this evening as they look to build on the result at Leicester and secure a second home league win of the campaign.

The form book suggests there may not be a glut of goals, with Newcastle renowned for keeping it tight on the road and not scoring too many themselves.

The Tynesiders have scored just three times away from St James’ Park and conceded only five times in securing three draws on their travels.

Burnley are also striving for their best form in front of goal, with Dyche hoping things are about to click for a side looking to be heading back in the right direction.

“We know where the team is statistically and we know that still needs adjusting but, for the last number of weeks, we are showing signs of getting back to where we want to be. We know we still need to do more on the offensive side,” said the Burnley boss.

Last season, one goal was enough for Burnley to win the corresponding fixture, with Jeff Hendrick getting the winner as the Clarets moved up to seventh in the table at the end of October.

Hendrick is one of half-a-dozen players from the home ranks who was involved with their countries over the international break.

The midfielder played alongside Robbie Brady for Ireland and Dyche believes wingman Brady will have benefitted from the game-time after starting just once for the Clarets so far since his return from long-term injury.

“Sometimes there’s a bit of noise made about the international games and whether they’re useful or not, but they certainly have been on this occasion,” added Dyche, who could see Brady as an extra attacking option on a big night at Turf Moor.

“Robbie got 95 minutes and then 67, and he needed that to get more minutes into his legs."

Team news

The Clarets are still without defenders James Tarkowski and Ben Gibson as they step up their recovery from hernia operations.

But midfield men Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have shaken off knocks sustained at Leicester before the international break.

Newcastle are definitely without left-back Paul Dummett, who suffered a hamstring injury on international duty with Wales and centre-back Florian Lejeune is still out.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and defender Jamaal Lascelles missed United’s win over Bournemouth last time out but have not been ruled out. Striker Yoshinori Muto is a doubt.

Form guide

After a run of three successive defeats, the Clarets got moving again with a 0-0 draw at Leicester City a fortnight ago.

Burnley have lost just one of their last three home league games.

Newcastle ended their wait for a first win of the campaign with back-to-back home victories against Watford and Bournemouth ahead of the international break.

Rafa Benitez’s side has drawn 0-0 three times away from home in the Premier League this season.

Opposition camp

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “We started walking, now we are running - and now we have to improve our pace.

“Burnley are quite strong at home. They lost against some of the best teams in the league but still, they are quite strong.

“I was watching the games and they had chances at the beginning – they were pushing. It will be a tough game for sure – it doesn’t matter what they are doing now or what we are doing now.

“I think, obviously, they will try to get three points against us because we are close in the table, but the pressure is more or less similar.”

Match stats

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last five top-flight matches against Newcastle in a run stretching back to December, 1975. Burnley have won two of them – including this fixture last season – and drawn three times.

Newcastle have lost their last 10 Monday night games (all away from home) in the Premier League, including a 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor last season.

Newcastle are yet to win away from home this season.


Anthony Taylor


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