The Clarets come into the match desperate for points in their bid to avoid relegation to the Championship, whilst the Magpies are only fighting for a place in the top ten as they currently sit 12th in the table.
Eddie Howe’s men come into the game off the back of an excellent 2-0 win against Arsenal on Monday night and will now be looking to end the campaign on a high.
How many changes will the head coach make to the team for today? Here is our predicted XI…
Martin Dubravka; Kieran Trippier, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Dan Burn, Matt Targett; Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton; Jacob Murphy, Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin
We are predicting that Howe will make three alterations to the side from last Monday, with Trippier, Lascelles and Murphy all coming into the team.
Starting off at the heart of defence, Fabian Schar may miss out after a nasty collision at St James’ Park earlier in the week. He was forced off in the game and Howe has now revealed that the Switzerland international is touch-and-go for today’s clash.
Injury expert Ben Dinnery tweeted: “Howe on Schar. “We’re following concussion protocols. He may be doing something outside today but we’re following the protocols closely so it’ll be a late decision on him.” Enhanced care setting Stage 4 (Fri): Non-contact training Stage 5 (Sat): Full contact practice.”
This will leave a berth open at centre-back if Schar is unable to play, and we are predicting that club captain Lascelles will be brought back into the side.
At right-back, we are predicting that Trippier will be given an opportunity to end the season with a starting berth. He has not been named in the starting XI since coming back from injury, and this is now the last chance for him to make it in 2021/22.
England manager Gareth Southgate called the £77k-per-week defender a “warrior” last summer, and the right-back has lived up to that billing in his short time at Newcastle so far. He has averaged an impressive 4.8 tackles and interceptions per game, showing that he is right up for the challenge on Tyneside.
Finally, Murphy may come in for Miguel Almiron on the right of the front three to keep things fresh. Journalist Liam Kennedy dubbed the Paraguay international “relentless” against Arsenal, and his constant pressing has earned him a rest for this match.
He can come off the bench to cause issues against a tired Burnley backline, while Murphy should be given an opportunity to show Howe that he deserves to be at the club next season and get regular game-time in the team.