Ahead of the game on Monday night, Radio 5 Live commentator Ian Dennis has been analysing the Burnley v Newcastle game.

The West Yorkshire born commentator is the main man on Radio 5 Live these days but back in time, he was based at BBC Newcastle, just up the road from St James Park.

On Monday night he is predicting a safety first approach from both managers, as they look to further inch away from relegation trouble.

Newcastle go into the game with the momentum of consecutive victories, whilst for Burnley you have to go back to September for their last Premier League win.

Ian Dennis points to Newcastle only winning one of their last 12 Premier League Monday away games, although you could also say they have a 50% success rate more recently, as thata sole victory came in the second last Monday away game, a 1-0 win at Stoke on New Year’s Day.

However, there are a number of other extreme stats for the two clubs that you can point to.

Newcastle haven’t kept consecutive away clean sheets for almost five years (December 2013), whilst Burnley haven’t been awarded a Premier League penalty in their last 55 matches.

Maybe the most extreme of all though, is that no player has been sent off in the Premier League against Newcastle since January 2014, away at Norwich City.

More short-term (and relevant hopefully) are the stats that say Burnley have had the fewest shots on target (30) so far this season and also faced the most (82) in the Premier League, prior to the weekend fixtures.

Those stats pointing to the belief surely that if Newcastle can find a goal then they should have every chance of taking all three points.

Radio 5 Live commentator’s notes:

Ian Dennis:

I doubt Rafa Benitez is a fan of the Boomtown Rats but he and Newcastle United fans have every reason to say ‘I don’t like Mondays’.

“Their last 12 Premier League Monday games have all been away and only a victory at Stoke has stopped a dirty dozen of defeats.

“Newcastle were buoyed by back-to-back wins before the international hiatus, while Sean Dyche’s Burnley earned an encouraging point at Leicester.

“I was at the King Power Stadium that emotional afternoon and Burnley were back to their resolute best, particularly in the second half.

“Do not be surprised if it’s a safety-first message from both camps as they aim to haul themselves away from trouble.

“I believe both will survive but the nature of their slow starts means it might take time.”

Killer Facts:

Newcastle are aiming to keep consecutive Premier League away clean sheets for the first time since December 2013.

Only two clubs have had a longer run of Premier League fixtures without an opponent being sent off than Newcastle’s current streak of 141: Wimbledon (167 matches) and Aston Villa (143).

Burnley have won just one of their last eight home league games (D2, L5).

The Magpies are aiming to keep consecutive Premier League away clean sheets for the first time since December 2013.

Only two clubs have had a longer run of Premier League fixtures without an opponent being sent off than Newcastle’s current streak of 141: Wimbledon (167 matches) and Aston Villa (143).

Burnley have won just one of their last eight home league games (D2, L5).

Burnley have had the fewest shots on target (30) and also faced the most (82) in the Premier League prior to the weekend fixtures.

Burnley have gone 55 Premier League games without being awarded a penalty since Sam Vokes scored from the spot in a 3-1 defeat at Everton in April 2017.

in the Premier League prior to the weekend fixtures.

Burnley have gone 55 Premier League games without being awarded a penalty since Sam Vokes scored from the spot in a 3-1 defeat at Everton in April 2017.