Match Preview: Burnley vs Newcastle on 5/22/2022
Burnley host Newcastle United today knowing they must match or better Leeds’ result at Brentford to stay in the Premier League.
After Everton secured their top-flight status for another season in midweek, the final relegation spot will either go to Burnley or Leeds following Watford and Norwich to the Championship. Leeds take on an in-form Brentford side but Burnley must concentrate on their own performance against a 12th-place Newcastle side who will be motivated to finish off their impressive resurrection under Eddie Howe with a top-half spot.
“I think in every game we have had since I have been in, you’ve [the media have] said we must get something from it and the lads have been delivering,” Burnley manager Mike Jackson said this week. “They are used to that and that will stand them in good stead. We know Sunday is going to be emotional, we want to use some of it to have some fire but also take some out of it and attack the moment.”
Follow all the action from the relegation battle below.
A joint letter from Burnley and Leeds was sent a week ago asking for the league to have an independent commission rapidly look into Everton’s financial losses.
The letter was sent before Everton secured its league survival with a game to spare on Thursday night. Burnley and Leeds are trying to avoid being the third and final team relegated on the final day of the season on Sunday.
The two clubs want to know where the league is at in investigating Everton’s losses of £371.8million over the last three years. The league allows clubs to record losses of only £105m over three years.
Sarah Rendell22 May 2022 13:27
Leeds will have to pull off a win without some of their biggest stars this afternoon.
Dan James and Luke Ayling are suspended and Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts all out injured. Striker Patrick Bamford could return on the bench but he hasn’t played since March.
Burnley, meanwhile, have doubts in Ben Mee and Jay Rodriguez and Matthew Lowton is suspended. Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Erik Pieters and Matej Vydra are all unavailable.
The confirmed team news and line-ups are expected at 3pm for both clubs with kick-off coming at 4pm.
Sarah Rendell22 May 2022 13:14
The heat is on for Leeds, and I don’t just mean the weather, as they need to win against Brentford this afternoon. Anything but three points would be risky for their top flight hopes with a loss meaning they would be playing Championship football next season.
While the pressure and emotion may be felt throughout the team, manager Jesse Marsch has urged his players to remain calm.
“I’ve tried to reiterate that it’s massively important for our players to feel that,” the boss said. “There was one match recently where I read a letter from a fan to the players beforehand. I said to them that it’s special to be a player for Leeds United and is unique in many ways.
“The letter said that the players are their heroes and I wanted to make sure they understood that.
“Yes, I know that big moments like this always stir a lot of emotion. But I hope the fans find a way, no matter what, to be at our side and to know we’re going to get this right on Sunday.”
Kick-off will be at 4pm today with all league matches kicking off at the same time.
Sarah Rendell22 May 2022 13:02
So what do each side need to do to remain in the top flight? Heading into this final round both Leeds and Burnley are on 35 points but Leeds are the ones in the relegation zone due to goal difference.
For Leeds if they win they would need Burnley to draw or lose to stay up. If Burnley also win, Burnley would remain in the top flight.
If they draw they will need Burnley to lose to maintain their Premier League status. If Burnley also draw or win, Leeds would be relegated.
If they lose it’s much more simple – they will be relegated.
For Burnley, if they win they will remain in the Premier League no matter the result of the Leeds match.
If Burnley draw, Burnley will need Leeds to also draw or lose their match to stay in the top flight.
If Burnley lose they will also need Leeds to lose their game or they would be relegated.
Sarah Rendell22 May 2022 12:55
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Lawrence Ostlere22 May 2022 12:51
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.