'Going to be very close' - Mark Lawrenson predicts Burnley v Newcastle
By Russell Edge
BBC Sports pundit Mark Lawrenson has said he is backing Newcastle United to pick up a narrow victory over Burnley when the two sides meet on Monday.
Both clubs have made a good start to the current Premier League season, with Rafael Benitez’s side sitting in seventh, one place and one point ahead of Sean Dyche and his players.
Newcastle come into the game on a three game unbeaten run, with draws against Liverpool and Southampton followed by a 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace thanks to Mikel Merino’s late header.
Burnley meanwhile saw their own six game unbeaten run in the league come to an end last weekend when they were confidently beaten 3-0 by table toppers Manchester City, who themselves are yet to taste defeat.
Lawrenson says he has been impressed with the way both sides approach their games, crediting the managers for their tactics, although he feels Newcastle will snatch the three points at Turf Moor.
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Predicting a 2-1 win for the Magpies, he wrote on BBC Sport’s website: “I have been very impressed by Newcastle, who have been doing much better than I have been predicting they will.
Much like Burnley, the Magpies are well organised and well drilled, and are difficult to beat.
This game is going to be very close, but I am backing Newcastle to come out on top – just.”
The Magpies have not tasted victory over Burnley since 1982, picking up a 3-0 victory, although there have been only three matches played between the two sides since.
Their most recent meeting saw them play out an exciting 3-3 on New Year’s Day of 2015, when goals from Steven Taylor, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko were cancelled out by an own goal from Paul Dummett and strikes from Danny Ings and George Boyd.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have been handed a major boost for their visit to the north West.