Newcastle host Burnley on Saturday afternoon, as Eddie Howe remains in search of a first victory as Magpies boss.
The former Bournemouth manager is yet to win in charge of his new club, firstly seeing his men lose 2-0 to Arsenal and leading them to a 1-1 draw against Norwich last time out. The point kept them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, six points adrift of safety and still the only side in the division yet to register a win.
Saturday's visitors to St James' Park are Burnley who, like Newcastle, find themselves in trouble. Sean Dyche's men are also in the relegation zone, three points behind 17th-placed Watford, although seem to be turning a corner - even if that is at snail's pace. The Clarets haven't lost in five league fixtures, but need to start converting draws into wins having drawn four of those.
Here's 90min's preview of this basement clash.
How to watch Newcastle vs Burnley on TV
When is kick off? Saturday 4 December, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? St James' Park, Newcastle
What TV channel is it on? Not televised in the UK, fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel
Who's the referee? Paul Tierney
Who's the VAR? Lee Mason
Newcastle team news
Ciaran Clark saw red against Norwich last time out, so he'll miss out. There will be no headaches for Howe in central defence, though, courtesy of Jamal Lascelles' timely return to action from a ban of his own.
Matt Ritchie also returns from a ban, although may have to settle for a place on the bench after Jamal Lewis' decent performance against Norwich.
Elsewhere, there are no new concerns for the Magpies boss, whose only certain absentee remains the injured Paul Dummett.
You can read Newcastle's predicted lineup here.
Burnley team news
Dyche will be able to welcome back James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood from their respective suspensions, meaning likely departures from the starting XI for Nathan Collins and Jack Cork.
Elsewhere, there are no fresh worries for the Burnley boss, who will once again have to contend without Ashley Barnes, Dale Stephens and Phil Bardsley.
You can read Burnley's predicted lineup here.
Newcastle vs Burnley head-to-head record
The two sides have an almost identical record when it comes to their head to head statistics. In 110 encounters, Newcastle have won 45 while Burnley have been victorious 44 times (21 draws).
Neither side have really had periods of domination in the fixture over recent years, as exampled by their previous five meetings. Since December 2019, they've drawn once while winning two each - although on of Burnley's victories was the above EFL Cup penalty shootout win earlier in the season.
Newcastle vs Burnley prediction
In truth, this clash probably won't be a feast for the eyes.
Both sides come into this one needing a win and given the six-pointer atmosphere that will inevitably engulf the occasion, we could be looking at a cagey one.
Newcastle will certainly have a freshness about them, embarking on a new era under Howe and actually playing with a lot of heart and grit against Norwich last time out. The test for them will be their clinical ability in clutch moments - that is to say, the mentality to finally get a win on the board.
By comparison, results may be trickling in very slowly for Burnley, but Dyche's men clearly have the ability to get them. Having demonstrated the collective desire and experienced match play that has enabled them to retain Premier League status for so long in recent weeks, it really seems as though their status as a top flight side is safer than many other team at this moment in time.
Nevertheless, this is a huge tie for both sides - which might just mean we're in for a bore draw.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Burnley