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Caretaker Burnley boss Mike Jackson says he is proud of his players' recent efforts regardless of the outcome of their final-day relegation battle, as they prepare to host Newcastle United.
Having won three of their last home league games, as many as in their previous 26 at Turf Moor (11 draws, 12 losses), Burnley know a win over the Magpies will preserve their Premier League status and send Leeds United down.
The Clarets kept their fate in their own hands with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Thursday, and Jackson heaped praise on his side for the resilience they showed in that contest.
"Very proud, I'm proud of them (the players), the staff and the people that work closely with me," he said. "The players are the ones who are playing and have delivered it, now it's just about one more game, that final push. The motivation comes from within the group, we're all-in."
"I looked back and it's an absolute masterclass in defending and working as a group, it was top-drawer in terms of what we needed."
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe could lead his team to a top-half finish after overseeing a superb 2-0 victory over Arsenal last time out, and is in no mood to do his former side any favours as they battle the drop.
Only Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham have won more than the 35 Premier League points Newcastle have claimed in 2022, with Howe overseeing a dramatic revival in the club's futures.
"I respect Burnley and know the position they're in, but we have a job to do," said Howe. "We represent Newcastle and we're proud to do that. An opportunity to finish in the top 10 shouldn't be underestimated, so we'll give our all to try and achieve that."
Burnley – Maxwel Cornet
The Ivorian has scored more home Premier League goals than any other Burnley player this season (four), and will prove crucial to their hopes on a monumental day for the Turf Moor outfit.
Newcastle United – Bruno Guimaraes
Newcastle's headline January arrival only made his debut for the club in February, but only Allan Saint-Maximin (nine) can better his six Premier League goal contributions for the club this term (five goals, one assist).
- Burnley have lost each of their last three Premier League meetings with Newcastle, having lost just two of their first eight against the Magpies (W2 D4).
- Newcastle are looking to win four consecutive Premier League games against an opponent for the first time since doing so against QPR between 2012 and 2014.
- Burnley have lost their final league game in each of the last five Premier League campaigns since their return to the division in 2016, having won on MD38 in the two seasons in which they were relegated (4-2 v Tottenham in 2009-10, 1-0 v Aston Villa in 2014-15).
- After winning three and drawing one of their first four Premier League away games in 2022, Newcastle have now lost four of their last five on the road (W1). Their last two defeats have seen them concede exactly five goals each time, with these coming either side of a 3-0 victory at Norwich City.
- In Premier League history, there have been 44 red cards issued in teams' final games of the season – Newcastle have received more of these than any other side (7). Their most recent such red came in 2015-16, when Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off in a 5-1 victory over Tottenham.
Updated May 20, 2022