Newcastle v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 16, 2018
St. James' Park - Premier League
Struggling Newcastle welcome Brighton to the North East this weekend, with Rafa Benitez's side in need of points as they look to escape the bottom three.
It ended goal less between these two sides on Tyneside last season, although Brighton did manage to secure a 1-0 win at home against Benitez's Magpies.
That win is Brighton only victory over Newcastle in their last four meetings.
Newcastle will give a late fitness test to defender Paul Dummett, who has a hamstring problem, with Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto also recovering from minor injuries ahead of this game.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton is likely to be waiting on late fitness tests on four first team players before he names his starting XI for this clash. Pascal Gross, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper and Matt Ryan are all being assessed due to injury.
Newcastle v Brighton and Hove Albion Preview and Predictions
Newcastle are having a nightmare start to the season, with no wins in either league or cup action, and only draws against Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, the only side below them in the table, to show for their efforts.
Benitez is under pressure, and he knows that the next month could decide his fate as manager of the club, and he is likely to return to basics against Brighton.
Hughton's side are not in great form, only winning one of their last five Premier League games, the last one against West Ham, but their performances have been solid.
Benitez will make this into a grind, as he looks to get Newcastle back on their feet, and a draw looks to be the best option, priced at 11/5.
Given the issues Newcastle are having,and the fact that neither side are on an excellent goal scoring run - with both scoring two in their last three games - this should be a low scoring affair, with an under 2.5 total goals bet at 10/11.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
A draw away from home, at the furthest away ground from Brighton in the Premier League would not be a bad result for Brighton, and could potentially lift them up to 12th in the table. It would also provide some sort of base for Benitez and Newcastle for the coming weeks.
Glenn Murray to score last at 9/2
Veteran striker Murray has been hitting the headlines this season, with five goals in seven Premier League appearances for The Seagulls, and he will be a cause for concern for the Newcastle defence. He is also a fan of a late goal, scoring key late equalisers against Fulham and Southampton.