Burnley v Newcastle United: Premier League
It’s Burnley v Newcastle United tonight with the Clarets looking to extend their unbeaten run that has seen 7 points from the last 3 games.
Burnley are undefeated in three Premier League games, their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at the weekend coming after decent wins at Stoke and at home to Hull.
Aside from long-term absentee Sam Vokes and midfielder Matt Taylor, Sean Dyche’s men don’t have any fresh injuries to worry about, but scoring goals has been a huge problem for the Clarets.
A return of just nine league goals means they’re the second lowest scorers in the division ahead of Villa, and they’ll need to step it up in that department if they’re to survive this season.
Newcastle, meanwhile, had been on a great winning run until they were beaten by West Ham on Saturday, but overall things are looking much rosier for Alan Pardew’s side.
That said though, they do struggle slightly for goals away from home and with Burnley building their survival bid on a solid home defensive unit, Under 2.5 goals @ 1.82 is the call.
Burnley defender Michael Duff is a doubt after a calf injury saw him miss the draw with Aston Villa, whilst midfielder Scott Arfield could be in line to start after returning from injury as a substitute on Saturday.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, while Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are both suspended.
The Magpies will check on the fitness of Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini, Rolando Aarons and Mehdi Abeid.
The last time Newcastle United players took to the field at Turf Moor, Bonnie Tyler topped the charts with Total Eclipse of the Heart while on TV’s Coronation Street Deirdre Barlow had just dumped Mike Baldwin to get back with husband Ken.
It was 19 March 1983. Among those wearing the black and white stripes that afternoon were Kevin Keegan and Chris Waddle, while Mike Phelan and Trevor Steven were in claret and blue as Burnley enjoyed a 1-0 win.
That victory didn’t prevent them suffering relegation into the old Division Three at the end of that season.
That was the beginning of a very long and very dark era in the history of the Lancashire club. It took them an age to get back to the elite level but even their first taste of the Premier League five years ago was a painful one.
“There is a nice confidence and belief in the team”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche
Clearly it’s going to be a major struggle to avoid the same fate this time but Sean Dyche’s men are used to being written off. Most observers expected them to “blow up” last season but they stayed the distance to earn automatic promotion.
In the summer they were odds-on favourites for immediate relegation and only a month ago they were bottom, five points from safety without a win to their name.
But their heads didn’t drop and they have put together a three-game unbeaten run that has yielded seven points, and they could move out of the drop zone with success against Newcastle.
In many ways, Newcastle should provide a source of inspiration. It’s not so long ago that they were in all kinds of trouble. Hapless in defence, hopeless in attack, manager Alan Pardew looked on his way out. Then five wins on the trot propelled them up the table.
Of course that brilliant run came to an end at West Ham on Saturday. And the absence of Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback, who are both suspended for the trip to Turf Moor, combined with a lengthy injury list means Newcastle’s squad is being stretched to the limit.
So maybe opportunity knocks for Burnley to repeat that result of 1983, while hoping it doesn’t bring the same unhappy climax to the season.
- This is the first ever Premier League meeting between these sides.
- The last time they played was 31 years ago at Turf Moor – Burnley won that match 1-0 in March 1983 in the old Division Two.
- Newcastle’s last victory away to Burnley was 1-0 on Boxing Day 1975 in the top flight.
- Burnley are unbeaten in three Premier League matches with two wins and one draw.
- They haven’t scored more than one goal in their eight games at home in all competitions this season.
- The Clarets have scored just nine goals in their 13 league games this season, only Aston Villa (seven) have fewer.
- Danny Ings has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
- Newcastle’s defeat by West Ham ended a run of five straight league wins for Newcastle.
- Aaron Cresswell’s winner for West Ham was the first goal conceded by the Magpies in four matches.
- It was also the first time they had failed to find the net in eight games in all competitions.
- Alan Pardew’s side have failed to score in the first-half in 10 of their 13 league games this season.
- Moussa Sissoko’s red card was Newcastle’s sixth in 2014 – no Premier League side has received more in the calendar year
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