2020-21 Premier League: Week Two – Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Newcastle United welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to St James’ Park in the second of four Super Sunday matches, as the Toon Army look for their first Premier League victory over the Seagulls.

At least a point for Newcastle will mark their best start to a league campaign since August 2011 when they took four points from their opening two matches of 11-12 season.

Brighton meanwhile are looking to pick up their first league win of this season after clinching a dominant Carabao Cup win in midweek.

 

Team News

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Allan Saint-Maximin is set to be available for Newcastle despite suffering a knee injury during his substitute appearance in the Magpies’ midweek Carabao Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Martin Dubravka (heel), Fabian Schar (shoulder), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Matthew Longstaff (Quadriceps) and Dwight Gayle (knee) are alll still absent.

Brighton could welcome back Adam Lallana and Ben White after the pair missed Thursday’s Carabao Cup win over Portsmouth with cramp and an ankle injury respectively.

Dale Stephens limped off during their 4-0 mauling of Portsmouth with muscle tightness but is expected to face a late fitness test alongside Lallana and White.

Florian Andone, Jose Izquierdo (both knee) and Christian Walton (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Newcastle are winless in six previous Premier League meetings against Brighton (D4, L2).
  • Brighton have won just one of their last three Premier League trips to St James’ Park (W1, D2), with their 1-0 win in October 2018 marking the only goal scored in last three meetings on Tyneside.
  • The Magpies have scored just one top flight goal against Brighton which came in a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium in April 2019.
  • Newcastle are winless in their last seven opening home league matches in a new season (D2, L5).
  • Brighton have won just one of three previous away trips of a new Premier League season (W1, L2), since entering the top flight in August 2017.

 

Prediction

Newcastle have made a superb start to this season with a hard fought yet clinically dominant victory over West Ham before edging a scrappy Carabao Cup encounter against Blackburn Rovers, with three new signings all scoring on debut which shows the potential of this Magpies team this campaign.

Brighton however seem to be Newcastle’s Premier League bogey club with just one goal in six previous clashes against the Seagulls but if Steve Bruce starts a front three of Matt Ritchie, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, I really feel that Brighton could be in for a rough afternoon if aren’t careful defensively as they found out against Chelsea on Monday night.

Saying that, Brighton did deliver a strong Carabao Cup win over Portsmouth on Thursday night and if they produce a similar energetic performance here then we definitely have a battle in store.

I am ultimately going for a Magpies win because they just look sharper up front and if the mentioned front three start then it is hard to not back Newcastle for their first Premier League win over the Seagulls.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2-1 Brighton

Result: Newcastle United 0-3 Brighton

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