Newcastle’s new era under Eddie Howe begins this weekend in front of their home fans with a must-win clash against Brentford.
Howe, the former Bournemouth manager, has been appointed by the Magpies’ new owners following the sacking of Steve Bruce.
Newcastle and Brentford have never met in the Premier League but the two sides did face off in the Championship in 2016/17 – with the Toon doing the double over the west Londoners.
But the Bees enjoyed the most recent success having progressed to the Carabao Cup semi-final last year by beating Newcastle 1-0.
Newcastle v Brentford: Date and time
The Premier League contest is set to take place on Saturday, November 20.
It will take place at St James’ Park with a kick-off time of 3pm.
In six games as manager against Brentford, Newcastle boss Howe, 43, has a very mixed record having won twice, drawn twice and lost twice.
The Tyneside outfit are the only team in the top-flight yet to win a game so far while the Bees are on a run of four successive defeats.
Newcastle v Brentford: TV channel and live stream
Unfortunately, this fixture will not be televised on UK screens due to the 3pm blackout in English football.
However, highlights will be available on the Sky Sports website and app shortly after the end of the match and then later on Match of the Day.
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog to follow all the action.
Newcastle v Brentford: Team news
Eddie Howe could welcome Martin Dubravka back for this weekend’s clash with Brentford after he returned to action during the international break.
Miguel Almiron is a doubt, however, after returning late from international duty.
Paul Dummett is nearing a comeback having not played at all this season following a calf issue in pre-season but this weekend might come too soon.
Thomas Frank, on the other hand, has an extensive injury-list with Brentford missing a number of first-team stars.
Mathias Jensen and Mathias Jørgensen are both set to miss out, while Yoane Wissa is still recovering.
Kristoffer Ajer, Mads Sorensen, David Raya, Joshua Dasilva, Shandon Baptiste and Mathias Jorgensen are all set to be sidelined.
Yet Ivan Toney is expected to make his first appearance at St James’s Park since sealing a permanent exit from Newcastle back in 2018.
Newcastle v Brentford: Match facts
- This is only the ninth ever league meeting between Newcastle United and Brentford and first in the top-flight – their last league encounter was in January 2017, a 2-1 win for the Magpies at Griffin Park in the Championship.
- Brentford have lost their last five away matches against Newcastle in all competitions, with these games coming between 1947 and 2016. Their one win at St James’ Park was in September 1934, a 5-2 win in the second-tier with Ernie Muttitt scoring a hat-trick.
- Newcastle are the only side without a win in the Premier League this season, with 11 games their longest run without victory from the start of any league campaign. However, the last two winless sides in the Premier League this season got their first victory against Brentford (Burnley on MD10, Norwich on MD11).
- Along with Watford, Newcastle are one of two sides without a clean sheet in the Premier League so far this season, while only Norwich (26) have conceded more than the Magpies so far (24).
- Brentford have lost each of their last four Premier League games, with the Bees last losing five consecutive league games back in December 2007 in League Two. Three of the five sides Brentford lost to in that run are no longer in the Football League (Macclesfield Town, Darlington and Grimsby Town).
- Brentford have conceded seven goals in their last three Premier League games, shipping at least twice each time. The Bees had only conceded seven goals in their first eight games in the competition, and only conceded more than once on occasion.
- This will be Eddie Howe’s first game in charge of Newcastle. Only one of the last eight managers to take charge of the Magpies have won their first Premier League game at the helm (D3 L4 – incl. caretakers), with Alan Pardew beating Liverpool 3-1 in December 2010.
- Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has won two, drawn two and lost two of his six meetings with Brentford in all competitions, with this his first game against them since a 3-1 Championship defeat with Bournemouth in February 2015.
- Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin has made more progressive carries of 10+ metres than any other player in the Premier League this season (75). Meanwhile, no player has had more combined shots and chances created following a ball carry than the Frenchman this term (22 – 10 shots, 12 chances created).
- Brentford striker Ivan Toney made two Premier League appearances for Newcastle in the 2015-16 campaign. In Premier League history, Newcastle have conceded more goals to players who used to play for them in the competition than any other side (49).