Burnley and Newcastle United have both enjoyed solid starts to the Premier League campaign, occupying eighth and seventh in the table respectively.

The Clarets will hope to move ahead of the Magpies when they welcome them to Turf Moor on Monday night. A win would see Sean Dyche's men move two points ahead of Rafael Benítez's side.

Solidity and consistency at the back have been key to their impressive form this season, with Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and Burnley stalwart Ben Mee both earning plaudits for their displays in recent weeks.

Lascelles has established himself as an indispensable part of Benítez's first-team at St James' Park and is the youngest captain in the Premier League, showing a maturity and sense of leadership well beyond his years.

Mee, at 28, is at the peak of his powers and has shown as much recently with a series of rock-solid performances at the heart of the Clarets defence alongside the impressive James Tarkowski.

It's no surprise, then, to see Lascelles and Mee feature high in various defending statistics this season.

As Burnley are a largely defensive team who like to get men behind the ball and defend deep, Mee is one of the most effective blockers of shots in the league. He has blocked 16 shots this season, which is tied most with team-mate Tarkowski and Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy.

Newcastle tend to play a little more on the front foot and don't block as much as Burnley, but Lascelles has still managed eight this season, twice as many as any of his teammates.

Mee, who possesses exceptional positional discipline in defence, has 75 clearances to his name this season, 58 of which have been headed.

Indeed, Dyche has relied on the alertness and organisation of Mee at the back many times this season when Burnley have found themselves under siege.

Lascelles features slightly lower in this particular category. He has 58 clearances, which is still the tenth-highest in the league and not to be sniffed at by any means.

However, Lascelles has been more influential at the other end than Mee, scoring two goals already this season, including winners against Swansea City and Stoke City in consecutive games. He also produced a brilliant goal-line clearance in the Swansea game to ensure Newcastle got three points from the game.

It's interesting that Lascelles has scored twice and Mee is yet to open his account as the Burnley man has won 38 aerial battles this season. Logic would suggest that he would be a threat from corners, but it hasn't quite happened for him yet. Lascelles has won significantly less in the air (23), but has managed to win games for Newcastle, underlining his importance to the team.

Burnley and Newcastle should be an intriguing contest between two sides high on confidence, with Mee and Lascelles both critical to their side's chances.

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