Newcastle v Burnley: match preview

Steve Bruce has called for patience and balance after Newcastle fans criticised poor recent performances. Although results have been perhaps better than Bruce’s team deserved – they have lost only one of the last six games – the mood is increasingly hostile. “We all need time,” he said. “And I’m trying to change us from a team with a deep sitting back five to a more forward thinking side with a back four. You expect criticism but you hope it would be balanced.” Given that Sean Dyche and Burnley have troubles of their own Bruce could do with winning this one. Louise Taylor

Saturday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 0 Burnley 0

Referee David Coote

This season G1 Y7 R0 7 cards/game

Odds H 6-4 A 11-5 D 9-4


Subs from Gillespie, Krafth, Carroll, Joelinton, Fraser, S Longstaff, Yedlin, Schär, Clark, Murphy, Saint-Maximin

Doubtful Clark (thigh), Saint-Maximin (ankle), Lascelles (match fitness), Krafth (knock)

Injured Dummett (knee, 17 Oct), Dubravka (ankle, 17 Oct), Ritchie (shoulder, unknown), M Longstaff (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y9 R0

Form WLD

Leading scorer Wilson 2


Subs from Driscoll-Glennon, Norris, Lowton, Dunne, Benson, Vydra, O’Neill, Brady

Doubtful Brady (abdominal), Gudmundsson (match fitness), Lowton (ankle)

Injured Gudmundsson (match fitness, 17 Oct), Mee (hamstring, 17 Oct), Rodriguez (ankle, 17 Oct), Cork (ankle, 31 Oct)

Suspended None

Discipline Y3 R0

Form LL

Leading scorers Dunne, Wood 1


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