Newcastle United return to league action on Saturday, as winless Burnley provide the opposition for the struggling Magpies.
Steve Bruce’s side needed a penalty shootout to beat League Two battlers Newport County in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, despite starting a strong eleven.
Most of the names that started in midweek should be available again, with no fresh injury concerns coming from the win. Allan Saint-Maximin is hoping to be fit after missing last weekend’s fortunate draw with Spurs with an ankle sprain, while Ryan Fraser came through his first 90 minutes since joining the club late in the summer and could continue if the Frenchman doesn’t make it.
Fabian Schar also made a return in the week, playing the last 18 minutes against Newport after recovering from a shoulder injury. The Switzerland international has form in this fixture too, smashing an incredible 25-yard effort against Burnley at St James’ Park two years ago, which won Newcastle’s goal of the season.
Newcastle have managed just one shot on target in their last two games, and even that was Callum Wilson’s penalty against Spurs, so will be hoping for a more attacking performance against Burnley, who have been beaten by Leicester and Southampton in their opening two games.
Sean Dyche should be boosted by the return of in demand defender James Tarkowski though, after the centre-back played 90 minutes in the Clarets’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the week since recovering from a toe injury.
Ashley Barnes played his first minutes since New Year’s Day in the defeat to City also, and should make the Burnley squad that travels to the North East, although is unlikely to start alongside Chris Wood in attack.
New signing Dale Stephens made his Burnley debut in the loss to Southampton last weekend and should continue, as Burnley’s squad continues to be stretched to maximum capacity. Sean Dyche didn’t make a single substitution against Saints, with his bench being made up of two full-backs, a goalkeeper and four youth prospects. At least the return of Barnes and Tarkowski should give Dyche some options if things aren’t going his way.
Newcastle vs Burnley kicks off at 8pm on Saturday, October 3rd.