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Newcastle United-Burnley Preview
More than two months' worth of frustration has given way to some elation and confidence for Newcastle United.The same can't totally be said for a Burnley side that's gone almost two months without a Premier League victory.
Newcastle look to extend their top-flight winning streak to three matches when they visit the Clarets on Monday night.
The Magpies (2-3-7) didn't win their first league match until Nov. 3. However, they were not finished there, winning one week later over Bournemouth, 2-1. Those back-to-back victories were enough to give Newcastle a 14th-place spot in the table heading into this matchday.
"To get back-to-back wins in the Premier League is difficult," defender Paul Dummett told Newcastle's official website. "(It was) really positive that we got the result going into the international break, and it'll give us confidence going in to the next game."
Newcastle posted Premier League winning streaks of three of more matches twice last season. However, if they are to manage that feat again Monday, the Magpies must do so without Dummett, who will miss this contest with a hamstring injury.
Though Newcastle are collectively feeling good about themselves, manager Rafa Benitez does not want his side to take anything for granted about this fixture. He doesn't think much attention should be paid to the fact that the Magpies are playing well and Burnley (2-3-7) are 0-2-3 since earning consecutive victories over Bournemouth on Sept. 22 and Cardiff on the 30th of September.
"They lost against some of the best teams in the league. But still, they are quite strong," Benitez said of the Clarets, who have fallen to the likes of Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea this campaign.
"It will be a tough game for sure. It doesn't matter what they are doing now or what we are doing now. I think, obviously, they will try to get three points against us because we are close in the table - the pressure is more or less similar."
Burnley enter the matchday one place back of the Magpies in the table, but have some reason to feel a little hopeful after ending a three-match Premier League losing streak with a scoreless draw against Leicester City prior to the international break. Not to mention, they're playing their first game at home since Oct. 28.
"We're back at Turf Moor," manager Sean Dyche told Burnley's official website. "That's a big thing - the feeling at Turf Moor and the feeling for the players."
Though only four of the Clarets' nine points this season have come at Turf Moor, just having familiar surroundings and a hungry group of supporters there should give the team a boost - at least in Dyche's eye.
"Our fans will be behind the team," the gaffer said. "That all helps, and all goes into a combined effort, which has been a big thing for me; the combined effort of the group, the fans and the club.
"Now, it's about taking it on, about being at home, getting the fans behind you and taking on a performance, not waiting for it. Actually, being pro-active about making things happen."
Updated November 24, 2018