Burnley v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

More claret and blue for United
More claret and blue for United
Following the 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, it’s a quick turnaround for United, who will be back in action on Tuesday at Turf Moor against Burnley.

While it would be nice to extend our recent winning run the reality is that it was never going to last. However against one of the favourites for relegation this game gives Newcastle a chance to get back on track.

Let’s start with the negatives. Newcastle will be without some key personnel on Tuesday, which is where the quick turnaround after the weekend will hurt. Most notably, Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan are expected to be missing due to injury, as is Tim Krul. Krul’s continued absence is a real problem, though to be fair backup keeper Rob Elliot really couldn’t have done much about the goal that allowed West Ham to win on Saturday.

There will also be two noteworthy absences because of suspension. Jack Colback will miss a game after ‘totting up’ five yellow cards, and as the Daily Mail pointed out, Moussa Sissoko managed two bookings in under a minute earning himself an early bath on Saturday and as long as he wants in the bath on Tuesday! To sum up, we’re short of players.

That much is to be expected a third of the way through a league campaign though as the games start coming thick and fast. The more important trend isn’t missing key players so much as the outstanding and unexpected form of late. Before the West Ham match we’d racked up six straight wins. Also, a 1-0 loss away from home doesn’t really signal a loss of form and could just be put down to being a bad day. They happen. It’s how we recover form it that counts.

Still, it won’t be an easy affair on Tuesday, and a tense match with a single goal could very well win it. In a preview of this and other Premier League games scheduled for Tuesday, Betfair made the observation that neither side will have an easy time putting the ball in the net. It’s been pointed out that despite some improvement of late, Burnley struggle to score in general and that Newcastle have had far more difficulty scoring away from home this season. Both observations are undeniable. With both clubs missing a few key players β€” Burnley are without Matt Taylor and, for a while now, Sam Vokes β€” we could see some fairly conservative play.

For their part, however, Newcastle’s players sound as if they’re ready to seize an opportunity against Burnley to make it seven wins in eight matches. The Premier League website quotes Cheick Tiote with a strong positive outlook following the weekend defeat. Tiote said the club would do everything it could to come back strong against Burnley while acknowledging the significance of the game. These are easy things to say, but it’s nice to see the positivity for a club that could easily be somewhat disheartened after a sloppy loss ended a fairly remarkable winning streak.

Howay the lads!

Date: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

Time: 7:45pm

Venue: Turf Moor

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456 thoughts on “Burnley v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. Well that was nerve wracking… 6 mins 😯 😯 where the **** did that come from. Despite the ref trying to give Chelsea a result I think that was a great match. Our good run against Chelsea continues… Well chuffed …

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  2. KT@373, you can understand it though, they had a tough Champions League game in midweek πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  3. Bris@357, now that Brisbane Roar are so pish, it must be great to have the toon to fall back on πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  4. Kim

    As I’ve said in response before, the young guns have been outstanding and developed tremendously under Pards. Better than I could have imagined. Credit to Pards for that one. I’m pleased I saw the best in Pards and not the worst. We could have Pulis in charge if some got their way.

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  5. Disappointed in Jose like, thought his post match interview was bitter and childish. So we may have slowed the game down a bit, but his side still had around 30 attempts at our goal!!.

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  6. Pardew … “The Specialer One”…. excuse the grammer. He really does have Mourinho’s number πŸ™‚

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  7. I see Bruce is wanting to send Barfa back. For those that criticised Pards for letting him go. Pffff.

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  8. “I’m pleased I saw the best in Pards and not the worst”
    Blinkered or what.
    YCMIU
    If you think the 2nd half of last season and the start of this was “the best of Pards” then you are even more ridiculous than you sound.

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  9. it took a while, but Troy finally got a tiddler on the line :-)…

    Laugh, I almost got the beers in πŸ™‚

    Hats off to the toon bairns…. Sammy, Dummet, Perez, Alnwick… all brilliant !

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  10. Wow. Bootsy still goes on the defensive. I thought a bit humility might not go a miss.

    So are you still maintaining that he is out of his depth as a premier league manager?

    A simple yes or no will suffice.

    High ham weighting.

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  11. Good old Mark. It’s good that your input is inspirational and something different than we are thinking. You’re attendance is invaluable.

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  12. Wonder if we might apply for an emergency loan deal for a keeper, We have valid grounds with Alnwick being our only fit keeper with any senior footy under his belt (That being todays 2nd half)

    Maybe try and bring Shay back from obscurity

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  13. Brilliant to watch. Colback was immense, as was Colo. Perez played a very decent game and Cisse was there with the goals. Hard to criticize anything we did. Pardew gets some credit as well! If only the owner supports us with some money in January.

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  14. Five points between 3rd and 10th. A very tight table indeed. And impossible to predict. We could use a few more games like that.

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  15. Aye Cholo. I think we need 2 or 3 players mate. A dominant CB so that Willo can be moved on, a striker with Prem experience and a winger for the right side.

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  16. Well I think it was a good all round performance and we deserved it. Greys tactics from Pardew too.

    Funny really that Pardew’s not looking so useless as most would have us believe. Amazing what happens when you have some decent players available.

    Couple of things;

    1) Anyone notice we had five Geordies playing at the end of the game?
    2) Will Jabba finally give Pardew some backing in the transfer market from a position of strength and not out of necessity? He should do. Centre half and centre forward would put us in a great position, especially with the blossoming of our young players. Unfortunately it’s the blossoming of them young players why I think Ashley won’t back Pardew. Why should he is what he will be asking…

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  17. Another danger is that Ashley gets over confident and sells a couple of players in January Stuart mate. It would be just like him to take the wind out of our sails.

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  18. Geordietwo- If you want to move on Willo, sell him and put Streete in the mix, we dont need another winger. Not only Ayoze but Aarons can play there too. You need a striker, we have de Jong back and Id take Danny Ings

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  19. Time to move on Cisse. What does he thinks he is playing at scoring goals like that? What on earth does he think a striker’s role is? He should be holding the ball up more and how can he do that if he keeps sticking it in the net? And how can he be a poacher if he lacks movement or how does he happen to be in the right place at the right time? Mourhino would put it down to luck , no doubt.
    I cannot pick out a MOM – this was a great team performance and I would include Cabella in that.

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  20. Groucho- CissΓ© Pardew’s version of Solskjaer. Thats the way we should do things, put the ball in the box and he’ll score. But I agree that in his tactical role, he should have a better holding of the ball

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  21. Re the Goalkeeping situation, we have one on loan at Forest in Darlow. Now I know the agreement was a season long loan but you would think we would have inserted a clause in case such a situation as this arose. It could also prevent us from being able to arrange an emergency loan .

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  22. For me where Sammy should improve is simple: he’s tall and on flank, so we can hoof it on him when we do it. He’s a sort of Winger/Target Man, so he has to work on his heading abilities to be the answer to Janmaat long crosses. But he is an absolute revelation, and left flank is his! Really seems to be a great lad too, complete respect!

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  23. This reverse psycology (spelling ain’t great) is working a treat. Call them donkeys and they perform like thoroughbreds.
    Great work ethic by every man jack today and no lack of skill either. Hazard was a joy to watch first half despite him wearing a blue shirt.
    Can’t single any of ours out every one of the fourteen a hero.
    But I will just say Sissoko should get his big money move next summer and Ayoze is the real deal

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  24. Toby, I said earlier Hazard is a bloody menace a real threat, think they missed Matic today too, but they still had around 20 shots with 8/9 on target. That they didn’t score is testament to the hard work by all. Such a shame Saylor got that red as he had an excellent game otherwise getting a couple of brilliant blocks in.

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  25. Groucho, They said 2 weeks which is crap, I have had broken toes on three occasions and it takes 2 weeks plus to get a bloody shoe on let alone walk or run like.

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  26. We all know that despite being able to act like a fool, technically Steven Taylor is a great defender, his injury proeness and his crazyness are the 2 thing that hold him back from being a Great Great English defender!

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  27. See Callum Roberts scored two goals today. This lad seems like a great prospect. Would like to see him come on as a late sub for the first team some time soon.

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  28. Moussa Sissoko being suspended along with Taylor, we can have a decent plan to get the win at Arsenal, here is my team:

    ———————-Alnwick——————–
    -Janmaat-Coloccini-Dummett-Haidara–
    —————–TiotΓ©—-Colback————–
    ———————–Abeid———————-
    —–Ayoze————————–Sammy—
    ———————–Riviere———————-

    Still the same way, put the ball in the box and CissΓ© will score, Abeid will play in same position as he did last season at Pana, Im telling, I cant fear any opponent in the PL. They all spend stupid money on player unlike us who are just times to times getting money for our quality players. Have no fear! But I got to admit that for me the Spurs cup game is a more important than the Arsenal one, and we got a derby too after that. So tough selections to make. I want Aarons back for Spurs.

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  29. I thought Colback was outstanding. I also thought Sissoko was influential and has helped the team develop since he’s been given a free role in midfield.
    Dummer, Colo, Janmaat were outstanding at the back. Tiote wasn’t great but perez and cisse played great.
    Pards was outstanding today.

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  30. Cholo
    Was looking at the programme and fixtures on the way home. I would take one win Spuds in the cup and forget the rest.

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  31. The question for Bootsy is, ” is Pards out of his depth in the premier league?”

    Just answer yes or no. ?

    Don’t hide. You didn’t when we were struggling.

    Waiting.

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  32. Cabella did not have a good game today . . . still, I’d like to see him given a run in the team so he has the chance to find his feet in the Premier League. So I’d still start with him at Arsenal.

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  33. Don’t we always have a good run at this time of year and then January hits and we’re ****ed again.

    I swear every year with Pardew, we have a great October to December then go epicly **** until the next season.

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  34. Fuc#ing Jesus

    Do you ever consider that if we sold Sissoko and Cisse got injured in January that the results would suffer.

    Just like Cabaye and Remy last season. Do these issues cross your mind cos your comments make me think you struggle with common sense.

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  35. I can’t be arsed with this place anymore. Any time I post, it’s that’s moron Troy posting. He’s all I ever see. I am tired of it.

    See you all around.

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  36. Troy- This Alan Pardew was criticized a lot, but I do rate him a decent or very decent manager, with still the potential to be great. If Mike Ashley doesnt ruin his momentum, againn.
    Kimtoon, Pardew saw what happened with Willo when he faced Ings, so I think he’ll go for Colo Dummett at Arsenal, if Colo aint fit, have faith in Remie Streete and give him a shot!

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  37. Well I never. I’ve never been on for a week and just because I challenge Funky with a sensible point of view which challenges his, he goes in the huff.

    I love chasing people like Funky away. They add nothing in my opinion to the debate. I like facts.

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  38. Funky Jesus, come back mate. We all don’t share Troy’s opinion. As you can see there have been over 400 posts today, which is quite phenomenal.

    Even on the back of a fabulous toon win Troy plays the drama queen and seeks the attention.

    Come back mate.. πŸ˜‰

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  39. FJ
    you won’t see us all around if you disappear.

    Cholo

    It’s nice for you to display your support for Pards today. But I’ve often battled by myself or at least a bit of support from a few, but I never saw you sticking your neck in the line when I was getting hammered from the Clueless Crew.

    Hence, you are no ally of mine.

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  40. FJ@432, we’ll have to wait and see whether you’re premonition comes true for this season too. I recall 2 seasons when we were flirted perilously close to relegation, hopefully this season will not be the case.

    I also expect us to tail off this season to be honest. It’s a long and arduous season tbh, and we will lose players to the African Cup, injuries etc. But it’s realy exciting to see that we have unearthed some gems coming from within our own ranks, and these players will get better, and can really be called squad players. At the same time we need to keep the balance between seasoned pros and bairns being expected to take on the whole responsibilty.

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  41. I can’t help thinking that Mourinho blew it today with his tactics ?
    I felt we were really under the cosh once they brought Drogba and SchΓΌrrle on. Thgank goodness they weren’t on from the start.
    I thought Collo had Costa in his pocket…what a performance from the complete defence.
    Janmaat had a much better second half too, great tactical move to switch Perez to the right to combat Hazard, and to protect Janmaat.

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  42. MM

    Let him go into the big wide world. He needs to get into society. He can’t just exist in his loft on his computer expecting the happy clappy club, the nighty night crew and the soap opera chat group protecting him.

    He has to realise, there are characters who actually want to discuss football issues and football issues alone.

    When you meet these characters, they might have their own opinions on football which might conflict with other characters.

    Now, football fans need to understand that to disagree is part of football. I don’t know what goes on soap opera land, happy clappy group or the nighty night club but if Funky wants to choose to leave, cos I’m a football fan, then let him make his own choice.

    I’ve got no time for the groups I’ve mentioned.

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  43. Troy @442 I fear you have put FJ’s lights out mate πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    He’s not the first and he won’t be the last πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  44. MM

    He’s got loads of opinions. I’m sure after sucking his thumb all night he’ll be back. He’ll make some snide remark about me like many do then hide.

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  45. Plus, let’s get this in perspective. I only talk about football. It’s all just opinion. I don’t take anyone’s opinion to heart. Nobody really knows anyone. It’s a bloody blog. A computer. Some use it as their lifeline. I have no issue with that but if those same people get upset that I interupt their social craic then I lose all respect for those bloggers. YCMIU. (You Couldn’t Make It Up )

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  46. Troyster, you don’t need to defend you’re stance to me mate.
    All will be revealed…. we’ll see whether FJ returns… in the mean time, you’ve been mentioned officially in FJ’s supposed blog obituary…. it sounds like you pushed him off the cliff (in a blog sense of course)… πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  47. Troy- I read this blog since 4 years at least, but at that time I didnt post to show an opinion. I dont view myself as your ally at all, but Ive seen some unfair criticism on Pardew, like on Hba, the Pardewed thing, Dummett playing last season, Dummett not better than Haidara, the “players out of position” thing, Colback not good enough for toon, Cabaye treated like a god or else. My critiscim of Pardew always been one thing, playing the youngster, and somehow I still want to know what happened with Bigi. My main cristicism on the club was the lack of English players, which aint an issue to me anymore. But I gotta admit that when Soton trumpted 4-0. wanted Pardew gone, not because he ****, but because I wanted someone who had the balls to drop underperforming players for youngsters. Sammy should of play a lot more last season for example, but few people believed it. And just wanted to say that I appreciate more Pardew, Pulis Moyes or Allardyce than a Rodgers or a Pellegrini.

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  48. Cholo.

    It’s easy to post your comments after the battle. I never saw them when I was fighting it.

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