Rafa Benitez is well aware that Burnley were 7th in the Premier League last season.
But they had a poor start to the season but now seem to be pulling away from the relegation zone.
Hopefully, that’s what Newcastle will continue to do in our final 11 games.
The Clarets are well managed by Sean Dyche, and they are now two points above us in the league, and this game promises to be very close tonight.
But Rafa will try to win the game, and that’s true for all of the remaining games of the season.
Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez met earlier this season
It would seem that a point would be decent for us tonight and Rafa was asked in the Chronicle if he would take the point tonight:
“To be fair we approach the game to get three points.”
“We know there is not much time between the games but it is more or less the same for them.”
“We have to cope with that.” “We have to be sure we approach the game with confidence rather than overconfidence.”
“Remember they are doing well and they are eight games unbeaten.”
“They are a strong and physical team that are doing well.”
“Away from home they have a good record so I think it is a very important game for both teams because we are very close together in the table.”
“And we have to be sure we have the confidence approaching the game thinking we can do well but we have to be aware they are a dangerous side.”
“He’s (Chris Wood) a good player who is strong and both the strikers are in form and scoring goals.”
“They are competing against the centre-backs.”
“We have our game plan but not just for him because they have so many strong players that we have to deal with.”
Two in three fans think we can get all 3 points tonight and if we can do that we’ll be flying with four wins in our last six league games.