After a comfortable victory over Huddersfield, Newcastle face much trickier opposition in Burnley.

Once Tommy Smith was sent off for a wild challenge on Miguel Almiron, the Magpies controlled the game and it is hard to fault anyone in black and white.

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With players back from injury, Rafa Benitez has options to choose from if he so wishes. Will the manager mix things up for the clash with the Clarets?

Defence were untested against Huddersfield

When you’re playing bottom of the league, you expect to win. You expect to win even more when they have to play most of the game with 10 men.

That was the story on Saturday, with the Terriers unable to lay a glove on Newcastle.

Benitez’s defence were untested throughout, but many impressed in an offensive sense. DeAndre Yedlin looked much improved, playing an important role in both goals.

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As for Florian Lejeune, his long range passing was spectacular, proving it’s not just Fabian Schar who can ping it long.

It’s hard to see why Benitez would change things at the back on Tuesday night.

Do Hayden or Longstaff need a rest?

Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff have started every Newcastle game together since the first FA Cup clash with Blackburn, bar one. In that game, Hayden was on the bench but replaced Jamaal Lascelles early in the second half and had to endure extra time.

The pair have played a lot of football, and with Mo Diame, Ki Sung-Yueng and Jonjo Shelvey back, Benitez may be tempted to rest one of the two.

However, they’ve played so well together that they should retain their places.

Can Burnley stop Almiron?

Huddersfield didn’t have an answer to stopping Almiron, other than wiping him out.

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The Paraguayan was sensational, and quickly gets another chance to build on his impressive home debut.

Almiron provided a wealth of creativity, and will be crucial to breaking down a stubborn Burnley side. He’ll support Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez in attack, the pair who scored the crucial goals against Huddersfield.

Predicted lineup to face Burnley: Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune; Yedlin, Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie; Almiron, Perez, Rondon.

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