Kick-off: 1500, 29/02/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
No Premier League stadium has seen fewer goals this season than St James’ Park and another tight tussle is on the cards when Newcastle host Burnley.
The Magpies head into this match having failed to score in three straight top-flight fixtures and will have to battle hard against the in-form Clarets.
We’re expecting a scrappy contest on Tyneside and 3/4 for at least one team to draw a blank up front is our first Newcastle vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle are still a relatively comfortable seven points clear of the relegation zone, thanks largely to five wins in eight games in the run-up to Christmas.
However, their current form has set a few alarm bells ringing, with a goalless draw against Norwich here followed by a 4-0 drubbing at Arsenal and a 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.
United have only struck 24 times in the top flight this season, the joint-fewest amount in the division, despite spending over £80million on attacking players during the last year.
Steve Bruce accepts it might be time for a change in tactics, stating: “Strikers need service too and we don’t cross it enough.
“The way we are set up at the minute, with all the big signings, it gets them all on the pitch, but maybe we have got to change the balance.”
Everything suggests early goals will be at a premium in this contest as both the Magpies and the Clarets have been struggling to score in the first half.
Looking at the Newcastle vs Burnley odds, the stats say 7/5 for 0-0 at the break is a percentage pick.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Lazaro, Almiron, S Longstaff, Bentaleb, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
It is somewhat surprising to see Burnley priced up as underdogs for this contest, given they have collected 13 points out of a possible 15 from their last five league games.
That hot streak includes wins over Leicester and Manchester United, plus a draw against Arsenal.
The Clarets enjoyed the rub of the green with a couple of crucial VAR decisions when beating Bournemouth 3-0, with all of their goals coming after the break.
Matej Vydra opened the scoring after Joshua King’s first-half effort for the Cherries was ruled out, Jay Rodriguez netted from the penalty spot and Dwight McNeil put the icing on the cake late on.
Sean Dyche commented: “I thought we looked stronger in the second half in everything – our defensive shape, the details and then of course chance wise, that’s a high chance count.”
Dyche will be pleased with how Burnley have finished strongly in matches on multiple occasions this term, while Newcastle have not been short of late strikes themselves.
Let’s add 5/4 for at least one goal to be scored between 75:01 minutes and full-time to our Newcastle vs Burnley betting tips.
For those wanting a bit more value, we like 11/2 for Draw HT/Burnley FT.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Westwood, Rodriguez, Vydra.
Crystal Palace 1-0 NEWCASTLE
BURNLEY 3-0 Bournemouth – Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez (pen), Dwight McNeil
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-1 Burnley, Burnley 1-0 Newcastle
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