Newcastle vs Burnley
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 4 December 2021
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. James’ Park
Newcastle United welcome Burnley at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon in their second relegation six-pointer of the week.
Newcastle United, still searching for their first Premier League victory of the season, welcomes fellow relegation rivals Burnley to St. James’ Park this weekend in a’must win’ match for both sides.
When Ciaran Clark was sent off after only nine minutes against Norwich City in midweek, Eddie Howe was forced to rethink his game plan. The Magpies showed amazing character and tenacity to put themselves in a winning position, with Callum Wilson scoring from the spot, but the ten men couldn’t contain their nerves as Teemu Pukki rifled in a brilliant equaliser to steal a point for his club.
As Howe attempts to generate the stereotypical new-manager bounce, the loss keeps Newcastle anchored at the bottom of the table with just seven points from a possible 42. This season, Newcastle has played a gung-ho brand of football at St.
James’ Park, with chances at both ends becoming the story, resulting in four draws and three defeats from seven home games.
Despite the fact that Burnley are only three points ahead of their opponents going into this game, there is a sense of optimism surrounding the Clarets, who have only lost one of their last eight league games, and that defeat came on the road against Manchester City.
Sean Dyche’s side were tenacious and excellent in holding Wolves to a 0-0 draw in midweek, but draws will not be enough to keep them out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle beat the Clarets on penalties in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, but the Magpies won both games in the Premier League last season.
The Hard Tackle takes a deeper look at both teams ahead of their most recent clash at St James’ Park.
Newcastle vs Burnley Head to head :
- Two of the past three clashes has three or more goals.
- Burnley recorded a win in penalties in the EFL Cup, the last time these two met.
- In the past decade, the hosts have won just twice at this ground.
- The latest league clash at this stadium had ended in a 3-1 win for the hosts.
Newcastle vs Burnley Prediction :
Newcastle might have had enough to see off Norwich and emerge with all three points if the game had remained 11 against 11 on Tuesday night, taking them off the bottom of the table.
Despite their heroic attempts, Ciaran Clark’s moment of madness put the game out of reach for the Magpies.
Even still, a point was earned, and things may be different if Newcastle beats Burnley.
Despite a poor start, the Magpies are only three victories away from 11th place in the rankings and six points away from safety.
The Clarets have shown hints of resilience in recent weeks, but Newcastle’s strong attack should propel them to their first win of the season in this match. Eddie Howe’s side will begin their season with a close 2-1 victory, according to The Hard Tackle.
Newcastle vs Burnley Team news :
Clark is suspended after receiving a straight red card in the Norwich match, but Jamaal Lascelles returns from his own suspension in time to fill the void in defense.
Matt Ritchie is also returning from suspension, although he may struggle to replace Jamal Lewis at left-back, and Paul Dummett remains the home side’s sole injury concern.
After being substituted for an extra body in defense against Norwich, Ryan Fraser should be fit to play again, with Miguel Almiron battling for a place in the starting XI.
For Burnley, James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood return from suspension to reclaim their places in the starting lineup, with Nathan Collins and Jack Cork expected to make way.
With a lingering injury, Phil Bardsley is very certain to miss out, while Ashley Barnes and Dale Stephens join him in the medical room for the visitors.
Maxwel Cornet might be switched out wide as Johann Berg Gudmundsson goes out if one of Jay Rodriguez or Matej Vydra is in contention for a starting spot up top alongside Chris Wood.
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis; Fraser, Willock, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Wilson, Joelinton
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet; Wood, Vydra