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Burnley v Newcastle United

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22 Nov 2018
Rafael Benitez

Burnley are targeting a first victory in six Premier League matches as they host Newcastle United, who are only ahead of them on goal difference but have won their last two fixtures.

Team news

Central defenders Ben Gibson and James Tarkowski (both hernia) are sidelined, as is full-back Stephen Ward (knee).

Goalkeeper Nick Pope (shoulder) is also still out but playmaker Steven Defour is back following a long-term knee problem.

The Clarets also welcome back midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson following a calf injury.

Newcastle's Paul Dummett (hamstring) joins fellow defenders Jamie Sterry (groin) and Florian Lejeune (knee) on the sidelines after sustaining injury while in action for Wales.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (muscular), forward Yoshinori Muto (calf) and defender Jamaal Lascelles (shoulder) face late fitness tests as they did not come through a full training session on Friday.

Did you know?

The home team have scored first in all four Premier League meetings between these sides but only gone on to win once, with Burnley triumphing 1-0 in this fixture last season.

The Clarets have alternated between defeat and victory in their last seven PL matches played on a Monday and will hope that sequence now continues, since they lost last time out against Liverpool in January.

Newcastle’s last 12 Monday PL matches have all been away from home and they have lost 11 of those, only winning at Stoke City in January. But they will be buoyed by the fact that Burnley have won just one of their last eight PL home matches, beating AFC Bournemouth 4-0 in September.

While Rafael Benitez has won only one of his last 11 PL matches against English managers, that victory came in his last such match, against Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth.

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants:
 Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official:
 Simon Hooper

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