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Newcastle United v Burnley

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29 Jan 2018
Dwight Gayle, Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that January loan signing Kenedy will be in the squad.

Burnley's Steven Defour could miss a Premier League match for the first time this season as he struggles with a knee injury.

James Tarkowski is doubtful with a minor groin problem and Dean Marney (knee) is definitely out. Stephen Ward is back in full training as Chris Wood (knee) and Tom Heaton (shoulder) continue to make progress.

Did you know?

Newcastle United have won only one of their last eight league matches against Burnley (D3 L4), although the Clarets are winless in their last four matches at St James' Park (D2 L2).

Only Southampton's 11-match winless run in the Premier League is greater than Burnley's streak of seven.

Dwight Gayle has been involved in four goals in four league matches against Burnley (two goals, two assists).

Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been directly involved in six of Burnley’s last 12 PL goals (one goal, five assists).

What the managers say

Rafa Benitez: “They are a good team, well organised. They know what they have to do to get points so I think it will be tough, but to be fair any game in the Premier League is tough."

See: Benitez on Kenedy option

Sean Dyche: “We’ve had a few changes lately, on and off the pitch, with injuries and results and playing against some of the best sides in the country. But over the season there has been good work done, so we’ve got to keep building."

See: Defour to see specialist

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Lee Betts
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

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