Burnley and Newcastle United clash at Turf Moor on Monday (Watch live, 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with a place in the top seven on the line.
That’s right. After strong starts to the season for both Burnley and Newcastle, their fans are dreaming of an unlikely push for Europa League qualification.
First things first, it’s all about survival for Sean Dyche and Rafael Benitez who have both been linked with the vacant position at Everton. Dyche is celebrating five years in charge at Burnley on Monday and his side have yet to make Turf Moor a fortress this season as they have in years gone by.
Expect a tight, tense encounter between two defensively sound teams.
In team news Burnley bring in Barnes and Gudmundsson to the starting lineup with Chris Wood out injured, while Mikel Merino misses out for Newcastle with a back injury as Mohamed Diame starts in central midfield.
Burnley: Pope; Ward, Tarkowksi, Mee, Lowton; Brady, Hendrick, Cork, Defour, Gudmundsson; Barnes. Subs: Lindegaard, Bardsley, Vokes, Long, Westwood, Wells, Arfield
Newcastle United: Elliot; Yedlin, Lejuene, Lascelles, Manquillo; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu; Perez, Joselu. Subs: Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Hayden, Saivet, Murphy, Gayle