Newcastle have taken seven points from their last available nine points and will look to continue in this form after last week’s international break.
Match-day 13 sees the return of Monday Night Football when Burnley will host Newcastle United. The Magpies are ahead of opponents Burnley in the league but only on goal difference. Newcastle have the form advantage coming into the game with two wins from their last two games, whereas Burnley have failed to register a league win in their last five games.
Before the break:
Just in case fans had forgotten what had happened the weekend before the international break (which seemed to last forever), here’s your quick reminder. Newcastle won 2-1 against Bournemouth at St. James’ Park while Burnley drew 0-0 with Leicester City. Rondon scored both as Newcastle beat the Cherries 2-1, with all three goals coming before half time. Rondon’s first was a fairly simple finish after his first effort was saved by Begovic but landed right back at his feet with an open net. The Venezuelan doubled the lead in the 39th minute when he attacked Kenedy’s cross and found the top corner from the centre of the box with his powerful header. Jefferson Lerma would pull a goal back for Bournemouth before half time but Newcastle would hold on to all three points.
Burnley have had their fair share of injury issues this season. Defenders Ben Gibson (hernia), James Tarkowski (hernia) and Stephen Ward (knee) are all out while Nick Pope is also injured.
Paul Dummett pick up a hamstring injury while playing for Wales so he will join Frenchman Florian Lejeune on the Newcastle injury list. Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles and Yoshinori Muto may be unlikely to start after missing full training on Friday.
These sides have only met four times in Premier League history and have seen three draws in these four games. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has only won one of his last 12 games against English managers, but this win came in Newcastle’s last game against Bournemouth.
Newcastle will be hoping to carry their form through the break and pick up a win against Burnley. This game is important for both sides in terms of moving away from the relegation zone. Both clubs are just a point above 18th place Cardiff and just two points currently separates 14th placed Newcastle to 19th placed Huddersfield.
Predicted Burnley line-up: Hart, Lowton, Mee, Taylor, Bardsley, Cork, Defour, Lennon, Brady, Vydra, Wood
Newcastle predicted line-up: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon
Predicted final score: Burnley 1 – 2 Newcastle