Premier League Gameweek 7 is set to kick off this weekend following midweek fixtures for the EFL Cup. The top-flight football actions return with some exhilarating clashes lined up ahead.
St. James’ Park, home of Newcastle United will host its second consecutive game within a span of a week, as both Newcastle and Burnley are heading into this game with a victory in the third-round EFL fixture. Newcastle won 1-0 at home against Manchester City, while Vincent Kompany‘s side cruised to a 4-0 win against Salford City while keeping a clean sheet to advance to the fourth round of the competition.
Now, coming back to the Premier League, Eddie Howe led the Magpies to eighth place in the Premier League after six games with 3 wins and 3 losses securing 9 points overall this season. In their last outing, Newcastle thrashed Sheffield United by a score of 8-0, with no less than eight different players finding the back of the net.
Meanwhile, the Clarets played one game less than the rest of the clubs having only accumulated a single point in 5 Premier League fixtures. The newly promoted side sits 19th in the league table after losing 1-0 to a struggling Manchester United team, and momentum is obviously on the home team’s side.
When and Where?
Where: St James’ Park, Newcastle
When: Saturday, 30 September, 2023.
Time: 3 PM BST
Referee: Thomas Bramall.
Assistants: Simon Bennett & Dan Robathan.
Fourth official: Matt Donohue.
VAR: Jarred Gillett.
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger.
Newcastle will be without Harvey Barnes who went off injured against Sheffield United, joining absentees Joe Willock, and Emil Krafth, all will remain on the sideline due to injury for this fixture.
Burnley will miss Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Hjalmar Ekdal, Victor da Silva, Michael Obafemi, and Darko Churlinov, as well as Lyle Foster who is serving his suspension after receiving a red card against Nottingham Forest.
Eddie Howe will be eager to hand starts to his designated first-choice names in the lineup. The Newcastle boss could recall the likes of Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Botman, and Burn his usual back-four combination in a familiar 4-3-3 attacking formation.
In the middle, Bruno Guimaraes might return with Anderson and Sean Longstaff for a midfield trio behind the offensive trio of Anthony Gordon, and Miguel Almiron on the flanks and Callum Wilson as a striker. Sandro Tonali, Lewis Hall, Joelinton, Alexander Isak, and Tino Livramento can start from the bench in this fixture.
The Belgian boss has been experimenting with his formation in recent times, against Man United, the Clarets played in a 4-3-3 attacking formation, and in the next Carabao Cup, fielded a 4-1-4-1 formation in front of fourth-tier Salford city. However, for this match, they might revert back to 4-2-3-1.
The usual back four to be retained from the last Premier League outing, are Roberts, Al-Dakhil, Beyer, and Taylor. In the double pivotal role, Brownhill partnered with Cullen. Zaroury may have played his way back into the starting lineup, teaming up with Luca Koleosho and Ramsey in front-three. Zeki Amdouni at upfront as the center forward.
The 31-year-old English striker could make a significant impact for the home side, the absence of Alexander Isak from the lineup could see him starting up front. Wilson didn’t feature in the EFL Cup game, in his total 6 Premier League appearances he has netted 4 goals so far this season with an average of one goal per 90 minutes the striker like to extend his tally.
The Swiss international has 2 goal contributions for the Clarets this season, one against Forest and the second in the Carabao Cup third round. However, he has been one of the highlights in this winless Burnley side. The 22-year-old will have an eye to add a few more to his name against an in-form Newcastle.
Newcastle United predicted lineup vs Burnley: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Anderson; Almiron, Wilson, Gordon.
Burnley predicted lineup vs Newcastle United: Trafford; Roberts, Al-Dakhil, Beyer, Taylor; Cullen, Brownhill; Koleosho, Ramsey, Zaroury; Amdouni.