Turf Moor, Burnley, England
Key Stat: Burnley have drawn their last 5 home Premier League games
Expert Verdict: Burnley are in familiar territory and will not be retreating into their shells with eight games of the season remaining. They consistently do enough to stay in the Premier League and they should again have no problem in doing so. With a trip to Old Trafford following this match, Sean Dyche’s side may well opt to go for the three points against Newcastle. For Steve Bruce’s team, they have lost only one game in five but drew the other four and the pressure would be relieved if they could pick up a win and move clear of Fulham in 18th. They have kept only one clean sheet since January.
Four points separate Burnley in 15th position and Newcastle United in 17th, the Magpies one place and two points above the relegation zone. A win for Sean Dyche’s team would go a long way to securing their top flight status for another season, a win for Steve Bruce’s men would be crucial, albeit surprising, after going winless in their last seven games. The Premier League match takes place at Turf Moor on April 11 and the live action kicks off at 12:00 local time.
Defenders:Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Erik Pieters
Midfielders:Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil
Forwards:Matej Vydra, Chris Wood
Defenders:Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett
Midfielders:Callum Willock, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden
Forwards:Joelinton, Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle
Newcastle won the reverse fixture 3-1 at St James’ Park back in early October. Goals from Callum Wilson (2) and Allan Saint-Maximin were enough with a consolation for Burnley from Ashley Westwood. Overall, across 108 games since 1895, Newcastle have won one more game in the head to head fixtures. A win for Burnley would square the score at 44-44 with 21 draws.
Burnley are favourites and can be backed at 27/20 with 10Bet to win
Burnley to make it six successive draws at home has been set at 21/10 with Betway
Chris Wood is 7/5 with 10Bet to score at any time
With Burnley’s current run of home draws and Newcastle’s attempts to fight off relegation with numerous draws, you would think there’s a high chance of this game producing another stalemate. However, Newcastle’s next five games are against sides from the top end of the division and they may well be tempted to push a little harder for all three points. We are backing Sean Dyche’s side to come out on top in a tight fixture.