Match Preview: Newcastle vs Burnley
Newcastle welcomes Burnley to St James’ Park this weekend, with the home side looking to put any lingering relegation worries firmly to bed.
The Magpies have tumbled down the Premier League table in recent weeks, and still have work to do in order to guarantee their place in the top flight next season.
Steve Bruce’s side are 14th in the table, on 31 points, and have a seven point advantage over West Ham, who occupy the final relegation spot at present.
Newcastle are struggling and possession has represented a huge stumbling block for Steve Bruce this season and he hopes a planned change of formation, almost certainly featuring a reversion to a back four, will facilitate an improvement. With relegation fears rising and supporter dissent resurfacing on Tyneside Bruce could do with a win. Louise Taylor
Venue St James’ Park
Last season Newcastle 2 Burnley 0
Referee Andy Madley
This season G8 Y31 R1 4 cards/game
Odds: H 17-10 A 2-1 D 2-1
Subs from Darlow, Schär, Hayden, Yedlin, Lejeune, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Atsu, Joelinton, Muto
Doubtful: Manquillio (hamstring)
Injured: Krafth (ankle, Mar), Clark (ankle, Aug), Dummett (hamstring, Aug), Willems (knee, Aug), Carroll (hip, unknown)
Suspended: Lazaro (one match)
Discipline: Y50 R3
Leading scorer : Shelvey 5
Subs from Hart, Brownhill, Lennon, Long, Pieters, Brady, Dunne, Wood
Doubtful: Wood (hamstring)
Injured: Barnes (groin, Mar), Gudmundsson (hamstring, Mar), Lowton (knee, unknown)
Discipline: Y50 R0
Leading scorer Wood 10