Newcastle United will be hoping for a long-awaited Premier League home victory when Burnley visit St James’ Park on Wednesday.
Rafa Benitez’s men have not come out on top in front of their own fans in the league since, losing five and drawing two of the subsequent seven fixtures.
Nevertheless, they are 5/4 (2.25) favourites with bet365 to put their long wait to an end by getting back to winning ways in this one.
Having gone eight games without a victory themselves in all competitions, the Clarets are available at 11/4 (3.75) to return to form by coming out on top here.
Two of the three previous Premier League encounters between these sides have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 11/5 (3.20) on offer for them to cancel each other out once again.
Although Jesus Gamez and Kevin Lejeune remain sidelined for the Magpies, Kenedy could make his debut after joining on loan from Chelsea.
New signing Aaron Lennon is also in line to make his first appearance for Sean Dyche’s side, although Robbie Brady, Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters are still out injured.
Defences on top
It is not difficult to pinpoint the main reason for each of these teams’ struggles, with both averaging under a goal per game in attack.
This lack of cutting edge has proved particularly apparent in recent weeks, with Newcastle having only scored five goals in their last eight league fixtures and Burnley having struck just three in seven.
On the other hand, neither has had too much trouble at the other end of the pitch, conceding a combined total of 55 goals in 48 league games so far.
Tips and Predictions
Having seen just one goal scored when they met at Turf Moor in October’s reverse fixture, odds of 5/6 (1.83) seem generous on no more than one of the teams finding the net in a match featuring under 2.5 goals once again.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.