Burnley travel to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
The Clarets have turned a corner since their woeful beginning to the campaign and are managing to find the consistent solidity that has kept them up for so long, although need to start converting draws into wins. In their previous eight league fixtures, only Manchester City have beaten Sean Dyche’s side but they’ve drawn six in that time (most recently holding Wolves to a 0-0 screline), beating only Brentford.
With just one Premier League win to their name all season, they have still fared better than Saturday’s hosts. Newcastle are still in search of a league win this term, having lost one and drawn one under new boss Eddie Howe thus far.
Here’s how Dyche could set up to get a huge win on Saturday.
Nick Pope (GK) – Kept his second clean sheet of the season last time out and will be hoping to get a run going.
Matt Lowton (RB) – Will once again start at right-back and hope to have a creative presence within the side, having failed to produce a goal involvement in his previous three appearances.
James Tarkowski (CB) – Missed out on the Wolves clash through suspension, although will certainly return to the fold for this one.
Ben Mee (CB) – Brought to the club by Howe all those years ago, and will now captain Burnley as his former boss watches from the opposite dugout.
Charlie Taylor (LB) – Was outstanding in midweek, putting in a phenomenal shift. A guaranteed starter for Dyche’s side.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) – His time in the starting XI may be limited, given his impactless performances in recent weeks, although he’s not expected to be dropped just yet.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – Hasn’t missed a Premier League match for the Clarets this term and will certainly feature at the heart of the side at Newcastle.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – Served a suspension last time out but will surely return to the XI for this one, pushing Jack Cork out of the side.
Dwight McNeil (LM) – Just one assist in 12 Premier League appearances isn’t really good enough from the 22-year-old. Really has to up his game.
Chris Wood (ST) – A key man for so many reasons, Wood has really become central to Dyche’s Burnley.
Maxwel Cornet (ST) – Wasn’t magical last time out but he’s always capable of producing that stardust. Newcastle vs Burnley may be worth watching just for him.