Newcastle journey to Brighton on Saturday for this Premier League clash. Who will come out on top on the south coast?
Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United will both be seeking to end their respective winless streaks in Saturday’s English Premier League (EPL) clash at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.
The Seagulls salvaged an away point in a 2-2 thriller with Liverpool in their last EPL clash, while Graeme Jones’ outfit were swept aside 3-0 by league leaders, Chelsea.
Brighton were always expected to fall off the pace as winter approached, but the draw on Merseyside showed that there is still plenty of fight within this Seagulls unit, who have only lost twice in league action so far this campaign.
With ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe now thought to be the leading target to take over, Newcastle will seek to finally pick up their first league win of the season at the 11th attempt.
In squad news, Brighton must continue to cope without Dan Burn and Danny Welbeck, while Steven Alzate is also out until next year, after having surgery to address an ankle issue.
However, Graham Potter’s outfit did not pick up any new injury concerns in the draw at Anfield. The Seagulls ought to persist with a similar 4-2-3-1 setup here, which would see Neal Maupay start on the bench once again.
Joel Veltman should keep his place at right-back over Tariq Lamptey. Meanwhile, Malian Yves Bissouma will probably partner with Zambian Enock Mwepu, in an all-African engine room.
Newcastle also have relatively few injury worries ahead of this encounter. Only Freddie Woodman is still out with a muscle injury and Paul Dummett continues to recover from a calf problem.
Callum Wilson is particularly fond of a goal at the Amex. The Magpies’ striker has scored two and set up two more on the South Coast in the EPL. The Englishman will once again lead the line with Allan Saint-Maximin.
Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock, Miguel Almiron all provide viable alternative midfield options for the Magpies. In goal, Martin Dúbravka will be hoping to come back into contention to displace Karl Darlow.
Expect Brighton to have too much at home for a Newcastle team in transition and on a horrible run. Our prediction is 2-0 to the Seagulls.