It’s going to be a very tough game on Monday night at Turf Moor even though Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson for the first time this season is taking Newcastle to actually win a game.
We don’t know whether that’s good news or bad news.
Burnley’s classy manager Sean Dyche, who has been linked heavily this week with the vacant Everton job, has given his press conference today for the game on Monday night.
Sean says the best thing that happened to Newcastle this summer was when the transfer window closed on August 31st.
Rafa Benitez then closed ranks and began in earnest, training and coaching his side, and we have done very well – even though by the end of August we had lost the first two games.
We did the same thing last season, but in the subsequent 7 games we have lost only once at Brighton, and we have four wins and two draws – 14 points – not too bad at all.
Sean Dyche – Burnley’s talented manager
This is some of what Sean has said today during his press conference:
“It seems to me the biggest breakthrough for Newcastle was the transfer window closing.”
“Everything then seemed to calm down and they could get on with it with the players they have got.” “They have a good solid structure and shape with Rafa, which he is renowned for.”
“Rafa also has good players, players who want to do well in this division.” “It will be a difficult game, as they all are, and we will have to be on top of our game again.”
“We have seen how tough this league is, it goes to show the sides who have had tough starts this season, that just shows the quality in the Premier League.”
“Nothing has changed (bring linked withy Everton job).” “You are flattered by the fact the work you do is recognized but it’s not our story.”
“I’ve been through it several times now and I just continue to get on with the job here.”
“I’m surprised to be here for five years in the modern world, but equally, I don’t think fans want managers changing every week.”
Burnley’s top striker Chris Wood, bought in the summer from Leeds United for a massive £15M is doubtful for the game.
Their other big striker Sam Vokes, a former Newcastle target when he was at Bournemouth, will be fit to play in the game.
Paul Merson thinks Newcastle will win this game 2-1 although Burnley are the favorites in the betting.
We hope Paul is right with his prediction – at least for this week!