Newcastle v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 28, 2017
St.James' Park - Premier League
Brighton face a long trip to north to take on Newcastle, as two of the Premier League's new boys face their final game of 2017.
Brighton came out on top when these two sides met at the start of the season, winning 1-0 at the AMEX Stadium, courtesy of a Tomer Hemed goal.
However Newcastle won home and away against The Seagulls in the Championship last season, as both sides battled for promotion to the top flight.
Newcastle will be boosted be the return to fitness of midfield pair Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden for this game, after both players suffered knocks over the Christmas period of games.
Defender Florian Lejeune is also back in action following injury, as is Jonjo Shelvey - who returns from a three match suspension.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has no fresh injury worries as his side head to St.James' Park, with veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell the only absentee as he recovers from a back problem.
Newcastle v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Newcastle's recent run of form has been poor, and it shows little signs of stopping as Rafa Benitez's side slid further and further towards relegation trouble. One Premier League win in their last 11 games tells it own story ahead of the crunch clash.
Brighton are also in very poor form, although they have not lost as many games as Newcastle recently - with one win and three draws in their last nine Premier League games.
Given the respective struggles of both sides, it is difficult to see either manager going for broke in terms of tactics or either set of players having the confidence to go out and win the game.
With that in mind a draw looks to be the best option, priced at 11/5.
Both sides have also struggled for goals in their poor spell, with Newcastle scoring three goals in their last four Premier League games and Brighton scoring just once in their last four games.
This is likely to be a low scoring affair, with an under 2.5 goals bet priced at 8/15.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Both sides are likely to be happy with a point, as neither manager can really afford another defeat as pressure continues to increase on their jobs. A draw could have a stabilising effect as both sides head into the new year.
Dwight Gayle to score anytime at 6/4
The former Crystal Palace man is joint top scorer for The Magpies this season - with Joselu, and his speed and direct running, powered on by the home fans, will be a concern for the Brighton defence.