Newcastle travel to Turf Moor for a High Noon clash against Burnley on Sunday for a match which could have a big say in the club's Premier League status next season.
Thanks to a Man of the Match display with a goal and assist from Joelinton, Newcastle picked up a precious point against Spurs on Easter Sunday with Arsenal loanee Joe Willock scoring a crucial late equaliser and The Magpies need to follow that up with a win and all three points against The Clarets to stay above the relegation zone.
After banking a point in the 14.05pm kick off on Sunday, Newcastle had to then watch Fulham play Aston Villa and take a lead through their former striker Alexander Mitrovic which placed the club briefly in the drop zone but a rapid-fire Aston Villa comeback and hat-trick from Trezeguet meant a 3 point advantage over Fulham was quickly restored.
Geordie fans will be hoping that flirtation with the dreaded drop zone was just a one-off and - aided and abetted by the return of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximum, the men who combined to destroy Sean Dyche's Burnley side at St James' Park back in October in an impressive 3-1 victory - can win for the first time since February.
Just like Joelinton was due a goal, Newcastle United are overdue a win and the form or returning Matt Ritchie, Sean Longstaff & Jacob Murphy gave Newcastle a freshness and fight against Spurs that Steve Bruce will be opening they carry into the Burnley clash.
As written about last week, the form and fitness of Wilson and Saint-Maximum is critical especially when in tandem with Miguel Almiron although with Joelinton rejuvenated having had his best game in a Newcastle shirt in his manager's & many fans' , Bruce's striking options are boosted at the right time as the season's final run-in draws near.
Sean Dyche's main injury is Robbie Brady and one of the main focuses of his press conference was again cheating and gamesmanship in particular relating to diving and he also elaborated on Newcastle's situation and "the big expectation" of fans and backed a "very good manager" in Steve Bruce "whose team have been up and down...which happens to most teams in The Premier League outside the super powers."
Burnley, have picked up just four more points than The Magpies with 33 compared to 29 and Dyche won't be taking The Clarets' Premier League survival for granted either especially after a 3-2 defeat to Southampton last week after being 2-0 to the good.
Scott Parker's Fulham side in 18th place have 26 points and play Wolves on Friday night so Newcastle could be temporarily in the relegation zone over the weekend with two games in hand and the London side have both Burnley and Newcastle to play yet.
A unlikely 5-2 win for Sam Allardyce's West Bromwich Albion against Chelsea extended The Baggies' slim chances of survival for another week although with the gap to 17th being eight points with eight games remaining, even survival expert Big Sam admitted this is the toughest relegation challenge he has took on and could be the one that fails.
A Newcastle win would complete a second double over Burnley in the last three seasons and give Bruce's men 32 points with 21 left to play for before a tricky run of fixtures against West Ham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Man City before two tantalizing fixtures at the end of the season against Sheffield United and Fulham.
In his pre-match press conference, Bruce had some good and bad news for Newcastle fans as he confirmed that top goalscorer Callum Wilson and creative catalyst Allan Saint-Maximum have trained all week and are available for the game:
However, club Captain and goal-scoring centre back Jamaal Lascelles is out with a stress fracture that will sideline him until the final weeks of the season:
Steve Bruce is insisting that Newcastle meet the high standards of performance that his Newcastle players set against Tottenham last and will be hoping the Captain's armband brings out the best in JonJo Shelvey like it did last season in Lascelle's absence with the midfielder scoring three of the goals which made his the club's top scorer overall:
Their job will be a lot easier with the return of The Tryanic Trio - Wilson, ASM & Almiron.
Prediction - Newcastle 3 Burnley 1