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Burnley vs Newcastle: Predictions
After a poor start to the season, Burnley have turned a corner in 2021 and are now starting to look up rather than down, with Sean Dyche’s men seven points above the drop zone. Newcastle meanwhile remain in ominous territory, with just three points separating them from Fulham in 18th.
Although the Clarets have created a comfortable cushion above the relegation trap door, Dyche will know the job isn’t complete just yet, with the club still seven points adrift of the highly-coveted ’40-point’ safety net. Not to mention he will want a response after he side threw away a two-goal lead last time out.
After going 2-0 up against Southampton on the South Coast, the Saints rallied and turned the game on its head, winning 3-2, a concerning capitulation for Dyche. Newcastle followed Southampton’s never-say-die mentality and struck late against Tottenham to earn consecutive draws this season against Jose Mourinho’s men.
Steve Bruce must now take that spirit and momentum and carry it to Lancashire, looking for only their second Premier League double over the Clarets, previously doing so in 2018/19, but Burnley won this fixture 1-0 last season, so the Magpies will certainly not underestimate the scale of the task at hand.
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Burnley vs Newcastle: Match Stats
Typically a low-scoring affair; of the nine Premier League fixtures between Burnley and Newcastle, six have finished with under 2.5 goals, a sequence that started with a 1-1 draw in December 2014. Newcastle’s 3-1 win earlier this season bucked that trend, but Dyche will want to firm up at the back following his side’s three-goal bruising at the hands of Southampton last time out, so he may take a more cautious approach for this contest.
Going forward, he will want to offer a threat, and in Chris Wood he has a striker in solid form. The New Zealander has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances. Only once has he bagged in four successive Premier League fixtures, doing so between July and September last year.
03 Oct 2020 – Newcastle 3-1 Burnley – Premier League
29 Feb 2020 – Newcastle 0-0 Burnley – Premier League
14 Dec 2019 – Burnley 1-0 Newcastle – Premier League
26 Feb 2019 – Newcastle 2-0 Burnley – Premier League
26 Nov 2018 – Burnley 1-2 Newcastle – Premier League
The 3-1 reversal inflicted on Burnley earlier this season at St James’ Park was arguably the club’s lowest ebb in 2020/21, with that result coming as their third straight defeat to start the campaign. Ashley Westwood equalised on the hour mark after Allan Saint-Maximin broke the deadlock in the first half, but Callum Wilson soon went to work and netted a late brace to confirm the points for Newcastle.