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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe backed his side to pick up their first win of the season at home to Burnley on Saturday.

The Magpies are winless in their opening 14 games, drawing seven and losing as many, having most recently drawn at home to Manchester City

Despite propping up the football of the table, Howe is confident that his team can recover and develop on a positive showing against the Canaries.

"I think every game is a game that we're going into to win. We're desperate for that first three points," Howe said.

"There were so many positives to take from Tuesday (against Norwich City) – although it wasn't the result we wanted, the manner of the performance in the circumstances that we had was really, really encouraging for the future. If we can go into this game with the same fundamentals that we produced – the same spirit, fight and togetherness that we showed on the pitch – then I would back the players to get that first win sooner rather than later."

Sean Dyche's Burnley are also struggling, just three points above Newcastle and three adrift of safety and the Clarets manager appreciates his side need a result soon.

"We have found a good balance in our performances this season but there is no naivety, it is one loss in eight but one win in eight so we have to change that side of things," Dyche said. "You would prefer to be in a situation where you have only lost one in eight, it is a good situation mentally for the players, a reminder of the good work and they know they are not far away.

"Now it is about adding in the detail to win games, we have done it many times before and now it is just about delivery."

Newcastle United – Allan Saint-Maximin

Saint-Maximin both scored and assisted a goal in both of Newcastle's Premier League games against Burnley last season. In Premier League history, only three players have ever scored and assisted in three consecutive games against an opponent – Steven Gerrard against Newcastle, Theo Walcott against West Ham and Roberto Firmino against Arsenal.

Burnley – Josh Brownhill

Brownhill was key to thwarting Wolves last game, the midfielder won more than 70 per cent of his 10 duels while producing a game-high four tackles.

Dyche has won six of his last eight meetings with Newcastle's Eddie Howe (L2), winning each of the last four in a row by an aggregate score of 11-1.

Callum Wilson has scored 17 Premier League goals for Newcastle, more than twice as many as any other player for the Magpies since he joined the club at the start of last season.

Newcastle are just the fourth team to fail to win any of their opening 14 games of a Premier League campaign. All of the previous three were relegated at the end of the campaign – Swindon in 1993-94 (15 games), QPR in 2012-13 (16 games) and Sheffield United in 2020-21 (17 games).

No team has drawn more Premier League matches than either Newcastle or Burnley this season (7, level with Brighton and Crystal Palace); the Clarets are unbeaten in five games, with four of them drawn (W1), last embarking on a longer unbeaten league run in June/July 2020 (seven matches).

Burnley have won just two of their last 17 Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on Saturdays (D9 L6), having won 11 of their previous 18 such games in the competition prior to this run.

Updated December 3, 2021

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