Newcastle v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

January 29, 2018

- Grant Whittington

St James’ Park - Premier League

Newcastle host Burnley at St James’ Park in this midweek round of Premier League fixtures, looking to take advantage of the visitors’ loss of form. After their stunning start to the campaign, the Clarets have been in free fall of late and are now without a win in their last eight games.

Past Meetings

Burnley recorded one of their six 1-0 wins this season against Newcastle at Turf Moor in October, with Jeff Hendrick the goalscorer on that occasion. The only other meetings in recent years came during the 2014/15 Premier League season, with the teams sharing the points on both occasions.

Team News

After joining from Chelsea on loan, Brazilian forward Kenedy is in line to make his Newcastle debut, although a lack of match fitness could mean it’s from the bench. Aleksander Mitrovic is fit again, while Florian Lejeune has a chance of making the game. Jesus Gamez is definitely out though.

Sean Dyche has concerns over eight players coming into this game, although Stephen Ward and James Tarkowski could both return to the side. Chris Wood, Robbie Brady, Steven Defour and Jonathan Walters will all miss out on the trip to the North East.

Newcastle v Burnley Preview and Predictions

Amid rumours of Daniel Sturridge joining to try and revive his career and World Cup hopes, this is a great opportunity for Newcastle to record a timely victory over a team that’ve lost their form. Despite sitting eighth in the Premier League table some 11 points clear of the Magpies, Burnley start this game as underdogs with the bookmakers.

Capturing Sturridge would be some way to pacify Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez after the reported broken promises of the summer. Keep him fit and the England international’s goals would surely fire the Toon to safety, but there’s sure to be competition for his services. It’s goals that have been Newcastle’s weakness all season, scoring less than one a game on average, but the hosts still start as 5/4 favourites for this one.

Burnley meanwhile are priced at 3/1, which would’ve been a very tempting price a few weeks back. Now though the Clarets are winless since back-to-back 1-0 victories at home against Watford and Stoke in mid-December, while top scorer Wood is on the treatment table with a knee problem. The potential return of Tarkowski would strengthen the visitors at the back, and make the draw look a bit more tempting at 11/5.

Recommended Bets

Newcastle to win to nil at 23/10

Even though they currently occupy eighth position, only Brighton and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Burnley this season. The Clarets are 1-0 specialists themselves though, and another of those is priced at 17/2.

3-3 draw at 150/1

This was the scoreline the last time these two played each other at St James’ Park, and while it’s a long shot, it could be worth a cheeky pound or two at these odds.

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