Kick-off: 2000, 03/10/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Last season’s two Premier League games between Newcastle and Burnley produced only one goal and another tight tussle is on the cards this weekend.
The Magpies have made the better start to the current campaign, but still seem to lack a cutting edge up front in general play.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets are chasing a first point and have to contend with a number of injury problems.
A cagey contest is expected and 33/20 for less than two goals to be scored is our opening Newcastle vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle will be content with four points from three league games and a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals following Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out win at Newport.
However, after kicking off with a fine 2-0 win at West Ham, they were beaten 3-0 by Brighton on home turf and showed little attacking intent at Tottenham.
A controversial penalty decision allowed Callum Wilson to earn the Magpies a point against Spurs in stoppage time, but that was a first shot on target.
Andy Carroll, Miguel Almiron, Wilson and Joelinton all featured as United were frustrated for a long time by Newport in midweek.
With Matt Ritchie facing a lengthy lay-off due to a shoulder injury, Newcastle could again struggle for goals this term.
Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Darlow, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick, Almiron, Joelinton, Wilson.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley just made it into the top half of the table last season but have been backed for relegation after opening up with two defeats this term.
The Clarets showed some encouraging signs in a 4-2 loss at Leicester but a 1-0 reversal versus Southampton at Turf Moor was more worrying.
A full treatment room hasn’t helped, with Dyche stating: “We’ve had seven starters out and for a small squad that’s really hard.”
James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Robbie Brady, Jay Rodriguez, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes were absent for the clash with Saints.
Tarkowski and Barnes did feature in Wednesday’s 3-0 EFL Cup thumping by Manchester City but Dyche will no doubt be happy with next week’s international break.
Last Burnley EPL line-up: Pope, Taylor, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Brownhill, McNeil, Stephens, Westwood, Wood, Vydra.
Newport 1-1 NEWCASTLE (4-5 on pens) – Jonjo Shelvey
BURNLEY 0-3 Man City
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-2 Newcastle
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