Newcastle v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 18, 2019
St James' Park - Premier League
Two of the Premier League's bottom five face off on Saturday afternoon, as Newcastle host Brighton at St James' Park. The Magpies have won just once in five this season, and come up against a similarly struggling Seagulls.
Newcastle have yet to beat Brighton since returning to the Premier League, with a defeat and a draw in their last two seasons. Their most recent, at the Amex stadium, ended 1-1 thanks to goals from Pascal Gross and Ayoze Perez.
Andy Carrol may be fit to feature for Newcastle for the first time this season, with Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff also expected to recover in time for Saturday's fixture. Allan Saint-Mamimin is a long-term absentee and not expected to return until October.
Leandro Trossard is set to miss out for Chris Potter's side, although Jose Izqueirdo and Eziquiel Schelloto may be fit to return.
Newcastle v Brighton Prediction and Previews
Newcastle need a win to take them out of the relegation zone this week, and will be desperate not to allow the pre-season negative predictions to come true.
Brighton have struggled with consistency this season, and travel to Newcastle this weekend looking to turn things around. Graham Potter's side started the season with a surprise win at Watford, but subsequent draws to West Ham and Burnley, and a defeat to Southampton have caused concern.
Newcastle have fared little better, although Steve Bruce can at least point towards a number of injuries, including to summer marque signing Saint-Maximin. With the likes of Ayoze Perez and Solomon Rondon departing, the Magpies are looking under-manned up front, and are expected to struggle against a Brighton side with the highest percentage of aerial duel wins in the league.
Saturday's game should be a relatively close match-up, with both sides looking to establish their identity under a new manager. The two teams also spent big money over the summer, to differing levels of success. With the season now firmly underway, the sides that adapt fastest are those most likely to survive.
Neal Maupey to score anytime at 9/2
The French forward has two goals already this season, and may start alongside Glenn Murray.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 4/7
Both sides will be keen no to lose this tie and may end up cancelling each other out.