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MATCH PREVIEW – Newcastle vs Burnley: A must-win for Howe’s side in their fight for survival



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Newcastle face 18th placed Burnley at St James’ Park on Saturday in a must-win game for Howe’s side if they’re to retain their Premier League status come the end of the season.

The Magpies are still without a win and head into yet another crucial game tomorrow afternoon – 3pm Kick-Off.

Burnley head to Tyneside off the back of the well-fought draw at Molineux on Wednesday evening and are unbeaten in their previous five Premier League encounters. They have collected seven points in that period, drawing four and winning one – their first victory of the campaign, a 3-1 success over Brentford.

This will be Burnley’s second visit to Tyneside this season, following their penalty shootout success in the first round of the League Cup back in August. The two sides also played a behind closed doors friendly in which the Clarets came out 1-0 winners during pre-season.

Eddie Howe faces his old team on the eleventh occasion since his departure and won just twice with Bournemouth when facing the Clarets.

Newcastle are without Cieran Clark who faces a three-game suspension following his brainless defending in the clash with the Canaries on Tuesday evening – a blessing in disguise.

It’s likely Jamaal Lascelles will return to the back four, with many fans hoping that Federico Fernandez gets a place from the start.

The disappointing draw with Norwich was yet another second-rate performance from Howe’s side who have been woeful defensively in the majority of games this season. There’s still six games until the January transfer and any points Newcastle can pick up in that period would be a bonus.

The team from Tyneside are expected to bring in major reinforcements but need some much-needed momentum before they spend big in the coming weeks.

The Magpies have scored sixteen goals at the correct end of the pitch which isn’t something to be sniffed at. However, with a league-high 30 conceded – 17 of which have come at St James’ Park – defensive mistakes have plagued their season.

The home side may find hope in their recent goalscoring form and with Burnley’s poor away form this campaign, will feel they must claim a victory in their battle for survival.

Dyche’s side have had an extra rest after their battle against Tottenham Hotspur was postponed last weekend. This certainly helped them in midweek, but they’re winless in eight on the road Premier League and face a Newcastle side who are desperate to claim their first victory.


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  • Burnley are winless in their last eight league games at St. James’ Park with their last win coming in April 1976.
  • The hosts have conceded 30 goals in the Premier League this season, two more than the second worst defense.
  • Burnley have drawn their last three Premier League away games, keeping one clean sheet and scoring three goals.


Matt Ritchie and Jamal Lascelles return to the match-day squad after serving their one-game suspensions as their side failed to beat fellow strugglers Norwich in midweek. Ciaran Clark saw red after just eight minutes in the battle with the Canaries and will miss the next three games as a result.

Ryan Fraser should be good to go again after being sacrificed for an extra body in defence against Norwich, with Miguel Almiron struggling to force his way into the starting eleven.

Joelinton claimed the man-of-the-match award last time out and will be looking to emulate his level of performance against the Clarets on Saturday.

Howe reverted to a back four last time out and will be hoping his side can get on the front foot and attack the visitors from the outset. His 4-4-2 system allows the midfielders to break the lines more often and hopefully provide a number of opportunities for the men up top.

As for Burnley, James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood both return from bans, with Nathan Collins and Jack Cork likely to make way.

Phil Bardsley is likely to miss out with a niggling injury, while Ashley Barnes and Dale Stephens (COVID) are doubts for the clash at SJP.

Jay Rodriguez could come into contention for a start up top alongside Chris Wood, with Maxwel Cornet shifted out wide. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is expected to drop out.




Eddie Howe:

“Tuesday was an amazing experience and everything I hoped it would be. I thought they supported us in a moment where we really needed them. I think they really galvanised the team and I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me, personally.”

He added:

“We’ve created a leadership group within the squad and allowed them to really influence the group. Callum is one of those guys that the players really respect. It was a pleasure to give him the armband and I thought he led the team really well.”

“We’re going to have to do it the hard way, but we’re more than capable.”

Pre-match thoughts? Score predictions?

Will Newcastle claim their first win of the season? Can Howe’s side avoid relegation?

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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