Newcastle United are still without a win in the Premier League this season after drawing 1-1 against Norwich City in midweek at St James’ Park.
Their next attempt at securing a win comes today with another home clash against Burnley.
In terms of which players could be available for selection this afternoon, the Magpies have been handed some positive news which will have a lot of Toon fans buzzing and perhaps confident of a win here.
Speaking ahead of the match against Sean Dyche’s side, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said that from an injury point of view after the draw against Norwich, his side have “a few bumps and bruises but hopefully nothing too serious,” which suggests that he could have close to a full squad at his disposal today.
With Newcastle having scored two more goals than Burnley so far this season, Howe and everyone at the Tyneside club will undoubtedly be hoping that their attacking players will be in good form to help secure their first win of the season and fully kickstart their chances of avoiding relegation by the end of the campaign.
However, with the Toon having conceded 10 more goals than today’s visitors, it could prove to be a difficult match for them against the Clarets, even though Burnley are just three points above the Magpies.
Looking beyond today’s game, with Newcastle having Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in their next four league fixtures, it would seem hard to pinpoint where they would be likely to pick up a win if they don’t get one against Burnley, which surely puts even more pressure on them to do the business today.
In their past five league games against the Clarets at St. James’ Park, Newcastle have only won two, including a 3-1 victory when the teams last met on Tyneside 14 months ago.
With no apparent serious injury issues to worry about from their midweek match against Norwich, Toon fans can at least rest easy that Howe has a near full-strength squad to call upon for today’s crunch fixture.