The Clarets go into Monday night’s game desperate for a win having only picked up one victory in their last eight Premier League games.
The fixture is an important one as it comes against fellow early season strugglers Newcastle, who have won their previous two games after a ten match winless streak. The clubs are currently separated by goal difference and three points either way will catapult them into the relative comfort of mid-table.
The questions raised about Burnley’s European exploits linger as the team fails to replicate anything like last season’s form. Will Monday see the Clarets turn a corner? One thing is for sure, they need to start being difficult to beat again and stop conceded cheap goals having conceded 25 goals in 12 matches. Only bottom of the table Fulham, have conceded more goals so far this season.
Burnley had faced some injury problems but after limping off in the creditable draw at the King Power Stadium last time out, Steven Defour is fit and expected to play. And despite a calf issue, Johann Berg Gudmundsson is also fit again. Defender James Tarkowski is out though after undergoing a hernia operation.
Turf Moor under the lights is usually buzzing and the importance of this fixture and the need to get back to winning ways is not lost on the Clarets faithful. Therefore, I’m anticipating a tense occasion, but a good atmosphere and I expect Burnley to respond with a winning performance. I’m going for 1-0 and Burnley to line up as follows:-
Hart, Lowton. Long. Mee. Taylor. Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Lennon, Hendrick, Wood