Seagulls vs Magpies

In the only Super Sunday this weekend, Newcastle face fellow promoted club – Brighton and Hove Albion.

These teams met last season in the Championship but this is their first ever meeting in the top flight of English football.

 

Team News

Brighton captain, Bruno could return after overcoming a back problem that kept him out of last week’s defeat at Bournemouth.

Glenn Murray and Gaetan Bong are fit again after a while out injured. Loanee, Izzy Brown has overcome a hamstring issue and will expect to feature here.

Newcastle are missing the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic whilst Paul Dummett remains in the treatment room with a hamstring injury.

Full back, Massadio Haidara misses out with a long term knee problem.

 

Form

Brighton lost last weekend to Bournemouth but won their last home game against WBA, having previously got a draw at Watford after two opening defeats.

They have netted four goals so far but conceded seven in that period.

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have three straight wins, having lost their opening two games.

In that period, they have scored on five occasions yet let in four goals, leaving them with a +1 goal difference.

 

Open game reliant on being clinical

Brighton will need to be at their best in the first half because the Magpies are yet to concede a first half goal this season. Should they fail to do so, expect a tough second half as that is when their opponents tend to net their goals.

Shot wise, Newcastle are stronger with an average 13 shots per game so far this season. Albion on other hand only averages 9.6 shots per game.

Based on those stats, both teams will need clinical finishing if want the three points.

 

Prediction

Newcastle are currently on a roll, having won their last three league games.

That coupled with the fact that Brighton were in midweek action, makes this likely to belong to the Toon Army quite comfortably if can produce a solid performance in attack..

Prediction: Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Newcastle United

Jake predicts: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Newcastle United

Result: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Newcastle United

 

Stats can be found at footstats.co.uk

 

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