Brighton and Hove Albion started the season brilliantly, winning all but one of their opening seven games. Since then, the Seagulls’ have come to earth a bit, as they have gone winless in their previous six games. However, Graham Potter should be invorgated by the 2-2 come back draw agaisnt Liverpool, and when you need a result Newcastle United are a good team to face.
Newcastle, on the other hand are coming off the back of a poor 3-0 thrashing against title challengers, Chelsea last weekend. The Magpies bravely held the European Champions for an hour before coming to pieces as Reece James’ two powerful strikes and a Jorginho penalty wrapped up three points for the Blues at St. James’ Park.
The result means Newcastle are one of the only two teams winless in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign after ten games. With Brighton being a quote on quote 'bogey team' for the Geordies it could easily be three international breaks this season without a win.
For Newcastle, Paul Dummet is the only absentee in Graeme Jones' squad. The Welsh defender is still suffering from a calf problem.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton face a few late decisions before welcoming Newcastle; Dan Burn missed the impressive draw at Anfield and was initially thought to have been out from a knee injury suffered in the Carabao Cup until after the International break, but is making good progress.
Brighton have never lost a Premier League contest with Newcastle, the Seagulls have conceded just one goal in those eight games and claimed victory in half of them. This spell is the longest Newcastle have faced a Premier League side without winning.
Brighton won both Premier League meetings against Newcastle 3-0 last season. Both were dominat displays from the south coast side, and with one team improving and the other hitting the fall fast it looking like this impressive streak by Brighton will continue.
Ones to Watch
Neal Maupay has always been that player who is infrequent of being a capable goalscorer, due to this Graham Potter to make frequent changes in his lineup. However, a recent tweak has made Leandro Trossard a more impactful player. The Belgian is loving the new role. Usually utilised as a winger, Potter has begun to use him in a more central position, and the facts suggest the positional shift is working wonders.
For Newcastle the one to watch is always one man, Callum Wilson. The striker is true box office. Wilson has averaged a goal or assist every 50 minutes at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League. Scoring in both starts there when he played for Bournemouth. He is yet to feature in a black and white shirt against the Seagulls. But among the 152 players to have played at least 200 minutes at Brighton, Wilson has the best minutes per goal or assist ratio at the stadium.
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-2-3-1): Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Duffy, Cucurella; Mwepu, Bissouma; March, Lallana, Moder; Trossard
Newcastle United (5-3-2): Dubravka; Manquillo, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Willock, Hayden, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Wilson
Where to watch?
The game kicks off at 17:30 BST and is available for all BT Sport customers on BT Sport 1.