Burnley visit a Newcastle United side buoyed by big wins over Sheffield United and Manchester City on Saturday, having only picked up one point on their return to the Premier League so far.
The Magpies ripped through an awful Blades outfit to record an 8-0 victory at Bramall Lane on Sunday, before midweek action saw Eddie Howe’s side knock Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup.
The Clarets were also successful in England’s secondary domestic cup competition, seeing off Salford City in a straightforward 4-0 win, but narrow defeat to Manchester United in their last league outing leaves them marooned in 19th heading into the weekend.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the fixture.
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Howe took no chances with a number of squad members during Wednesday’s win against Man City. Sven Botman and Callum Wilson were left out to recover from knee and hamstring injuries, while Dan Burn was absent through illness.
Harvey Barnes was an unfortunate casualty in the Sheffield United drubbing and will be out for months rather than weeks with a foot problem, joining Joe Willock and Emil Krafth on the sidelines.
Newcastle predicted lineup vs Burnley (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Tonali, Guimaraes, Longstaff; Almiron, Wilson, Gordon.
Top scorer Lyle Foster will complete his three-game suspension here, with manager Vincent Kompany also without five players due to injury.
Darko Churlinov, Michael Obafemi, Hjalmar Ekdal and Nathan Redmond are all unavailable to the former Belgium defender. Johann Berg Gudmundsson had calf tightness and had to be withdrawn in the 1-0 loss to Man Utd.
Burnley predicted lineup vs Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Trafford; Roberts, Al Dakhil, O’Shea, Taylor; Cullen, Brownhill; Tresor, Ramsey, Koleosho; Amdouni.
Newcastle look to have kicked into gear with two significant wins – one their joint-biggest victory in Premier League history and another against last season’s treble winners – and manager Howe will expect his side to warm up for next week’s Champions League return against Paris Saint-Germain with a straightforward success at St James’ Park.
Burnley have looked a little more promising than fellow promoted sides Luton and Sheffield but still lack a cutting edge in attack not helped by the suspension of Foster, who’s netted twice in four league appearances.
The Magpies don’t have any such issues in attack, even with a few injury absentees, and should have few problems dispatching the Clarets on Saturday afternoon.