Newcastle had only 3 points from our first 10 league games and but in the last two games, we have tripled that points total.
We have beaten Watford 1-0 and Bournemouth 2-1 at home to get two successive wins.
And Rafa and the players will try to make that three wins in a row and get our first away win of the season at Turf Moor on Monday night.
it will be a tough game with Newcastle finding it difficult to score goals (9 goals in 12 games) and Burnley having the second worst goals against record in the league (25 conceded in 12 games).
Paul Merson – close to going for a Newcastle away win – but not quite
This is some of Paul Merson has said about the game for Sky Sports:
“This is a big match. Newcastle have done great to win back-to-back games in the Premier League, which is a hard thing to do for the teams in the bottom half.
“However, I worry for Burnley – I never saw them getting beat fours and fives before, there are ways of getting beat.
“And something is missing, I’m not sure what it is, but they are so open at the back and sooner or later you have to draw a line and say, ‘Right, we need to become hard to beat again.'”
“Sean Dyche would take a 1-0 win here and he would be more than delighted with that as he would know his team will be hard to beat again.
“But I think Newcastle will get something out of this game and if somebody said to me, ‘get off the fence,’ then I would go for Newcastle.”
They have the momentum and they have not been a million miles away, the penny has dropped and he has put Salomon Rondon in – they needed a focal point, they were too weak, the ball was bouncing back too quick off Joselu.”
“What a header that was against Bournemouth (from Salomon Rondon)! “
“You cannot tell me that was not like Malcolm Macdonald or Alan Shearer, brave, put himself across the defender.”
“No one was saving that.”
Paul predicts: 1-1
It looks like Merson this week was almost going to pick Newcastle to win this game.
But given our form and Burnley’s recent form we must have a very decent chance to make it three wins in a row.
That would be fantastic.