Newcastle United and Burnley will meet for a key midweek battle in the Premier League. Their clash is set for St James Park on Tuesday, 26 February 2019, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.
With United and Burnley just four and six points clear of the relegation zone respectively, this game represents a huge opportunity to open up a significant buffer to the scrap going on below.
Newcastle come into the game in good form, having won three of their last five Premier League matches. This past weekend they defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 in a match which featured goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, while record signing Miguel Almiron gave a hugely promising debut.
Th former Atlanta United player will hope to build on that showing for the Magpies, though manger Rafael Benitez may be wary of exposing the Paraguayan to successive Premier League matches in the space of just a few days.
Burnley have been in even better form, putting together an eight-match unbeaten run which culminated in a 2-1 home win over title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur this past weekend. Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes netted the goals at Turf Moor to see the Clarets overpower Spurs.
Sean Dyche will look forward to his battle of tactical wits against Benitez in what is sure to be a tight game between two ostensibly conservative sides – don’t expect a seven-goal thriller in this one.
However, with home advantage, the fine form of Rondon and the game-breaking skills of Almiron to call on, Newcastle may just have enough to edge the visitors, though Dyche’s side have made a reputation of subverting expectations.
In head-to-head stats, Newcastle and Burnley have met in five Premier League matches. Each side has claimed one win, while three games have been drawn. The teams’ most recent meeting was a Premier League clash at Turf Moor which the Magpies won 2-1, thanks to an own goal from Ben Mee and a strike from Ciaran Clark.
Newcastle United v Burnley – Head-to-head, Premier League
Matches played 5
Newcastle wins 1
Burnley wins 1
Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)