'Strongest defence': The Newcastle United line-up Eddie Howe should pick to end winless Premier League start against Burnley

Eddie Howe will be hoping to lead Newcastle United to victory for the first time this season when he welcomes his former club Burnley to St. James’s Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

With The Magpies currently sitting six points from safety at the foot of the Premier League table, Howe is under no illusions regarding the importance of this weekend’s match against a relegation rival.

"We need to get the wins we need – draws aren’t going to be enough,” Howe said following the 1-1 draw against Norwich City on Tuesday night. “You need the spirit in the group to deliver what we need. I feel the spirit has grown and that’s going to be key for us.”

Ciaran Clark is suspended for the match following his straight red card on Tuesday while Matt Ritchie and captain Jamaal Lascelles return from their respective suspensions which saw them sit out the midweek fixture.

But how should Newcastle line-up against Burnley? Our writer Dominic Scurr gives his thoughts…

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