Burnley vs Newcastle United – Match Preview – Burnley will be looking to secure a first home win since early September when they face Newcastle United. A win for either side could catapult them up to sixth place in the league table.
Dyche has been a man in the media this week, with several outlets linking him with the vacant managerial role at Everton. Such attention is a testament to the job he has done at Burnley, solidifying a team with a far inferior budget to most of their rivals. Many would like to see Dyche progress to a bigger club as a reward for his hard work. With the lack of British coaches that occupy England’s finest jobs, it would certainly be a statement from the board at Goodison Park.
After failing to secure an away win until the 29th April last season, Burnley haven’t struggled on the road this year. In fact, it’s been at Turf Moor where they’ve dropped points. The Clarets home has been a fortress in recent years, so it comes as a surprise that they’ve only won there once this season. Burnley’s impressive form this season has been built on a defensive solidarity and clean sheets, with the Clarets conceding more than one goal just three times in the league.
Newcastle have lost just one of their last seven games and have learnt how to pick up points on the road. Rafa Benitez’s side have lost just twice away from home this season and picked up an impressive point at Southampton in their last away game. During this run of form, the Toon Army have conceded just five goals and have picked up three clean-sheets. This has been largely down to the improved form of Jamaal Lascelles. The club Captain has risen to the challenge of becoming a Premier League defender after an impressive Championship campaign last season. Not only is Lascelles contributing at the back, he’s also a huge danger from set plays as well.
These two last met in the 14/15 season, where both games ended as a draw. Before those two games, you’d have to go back to 1983 for the last time these two met. This only further underlines the job that Dyche has done at Burnley by propelling them into England’s top division.
Whilst both teams have been good of late, I think Burnley can snatch the win here. If this ended as a draw, I wouldn’t be surprised but I’m going to hedge my bets with a home victory. A safe bet would be under 2.5 match goals, with both sides defensively solid.
Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Newcastle United