Newcastle face a huge fixture away at Burnley on Sunday and Jake Pearson thinks the Magpies could produce a big result.
1pt Newcastle to win at 5/2 (bet365, Unibet)
Burnley host Newcastle in the early game on Sunday, but whether this fixture can realistically be classed as “super”, is certainly debatable.
Only Sheffield United have scored fewer goals than Burnley this season, while Newcastle’s return is better than only four teams, so viewing figures could well be down for this clash.
Neither of these two teams arrive here in particularly good form either, with Newcastle winless in their last seven, while Burnley have won just one of their last six.
That Burnley victory came against Everton prior to the international break, and it took the Clarets one step closer to guaranteeing Premier League football for another season.
A win over Southampton last week would have all but assured safety, and indeed it looked as though that would be the case for the opening half hour of the game, but Burnley let a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2, leaving Sean Dyche’s side six points clear of third-from-bottom Fulham.
Newcastle are only three points behind, but their situation has an extra air of desperation about it, and still with plenty of players on the treatment table.
But they have started showing more signs of life, drawing four of their last five fixtures, including a huge result against Tottenham last week.
That game felt like something of a turning point in Newcastle’s season, with the players showing much more spirit than previously.
If the Magpies can build on that performance, they could be in with a big chance of turning over a Burnley side who haven’t fared particularly well against fellow strugglers this term.
They have won just eight games this season, with Sheffield United the only team on that list who sit below them in the table, while four of their other seven wins came against teams currently in the top half.
Newcastle could also be handed a huge fitness boost ahead of the match should top-scorer Callum Wilson be declared fit to start, while Allan Saint-Maximin is also in contention to make the starting XI.
The Frenchman came off the bench against Spurs and impressed with his entertaining brand of football. He would be a massive plus for Steve Bruce’s side were he to make the line-up.
There is an inevitability about Burnley’s survival, and that is something that seems to be creeping in at Turf Moor – demonstrated by the recent defeat – but it is still very much all to play for as far as Newcastle are concerned, and a victory here would be a huge boost to their hopes of survival.
The Magpies beat Burnley 3-1 at the beginning of the season, and a price of 5/2 for another NEWCASTLE WIN makes plenty of appeal.
Score prediction: Burnley 0-1 Newcastle (Sky Bet odds: 7/1)
Odds correct at 1130 BST (08/04/21)
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