The final game of this extended Premier League weekend takes us to Turf Moor as Burnley play host to Newcastle and both teams will be looking to continue their impressive starts to the campaign while also knowing that a win for either side could take them up into the top six of the table.
As things stand going into this game it is 10th playing host to 8th and in all fairness if someone said that these two clubs would be in these particularly positions after the first quarter of the campaign you may well doubt the validity of that persons comments.
But full credit must go to to both Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez who have masterminded their club fortunes early on and not only silenced any critics who would have intimated that the two clubs may well be in the lower reaches of the table.
Last week Burnley went to Manchester City looking to claim another scalp against one of the big clubs on the road this season, they have already made light work of Chelsea and Everton this season while picking up well earned points against both Tottenham and Liverpool.
Unfortunately for them it was not to be another surprise as they were one of the latest teams that were rolled over by Pep Guardiola’s juggernaut with Manchester City easing to a 3-0 win. In fairness to Burnley though there is no shame in that result as they certainly will not be the last team to be bested by the league leaders this season.
For Newcastle they earned all three points against Crystal Palace in front of their own fans and although they left it late after Mikel Merino’s winner they were never really troubled due to the fact that Roy Hodgson’s men failed to even land a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Merino’s first for the club may well have been just Newcastle’s 10th goal of the season in the Premier League but when you consider that they have only conceded eight goals at the other end then there relative shyness in front of goal is not necessarily a factor.
The same can be said for Burnley they have only scored eight goals in their first nine matches but at the same time are only conceding an average of one goal per game. This would therefore point to the fact that there will not be all that many goals later this evening.
But a positive omen may well be the fact that the last time these two met back on New Years Day in 2015 there was a six goal thriller played out at St James’ Park. It may give us some optimism but then again the respective clubs will have evolved considerably as to what we see in front of us later this evening.
The first quarter of the season for both clubs has been about picking up points in low scoring encounters and I can’t see this one being any different, to be honest though I think it is Newcastle who will edge this one for the fact that just have a few more goals in them. I can see this one being a slender 1-0 win to the Geordies.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) October 29, 2017