Kick-off: 1730, 21/09/2019
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Newcastle have shown some promise during a pretty tough start to their Premier League campaign and must now look to kick on when entertaining Brighton.
Both of these teams are expected to be battling for survival in the top flight and it is the kind of match where the Magpies should make home advantage count.
We’re going with United to prevail at 29/20 for our opening Newcastle vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Jetro Willems gave Newcastle a surprise early lead at Anfield last time out, but Liverpool duly recovered to post a convincing 3-1 victory.
However, Steve Bruce is fairly satisfied with a haul of four points from five fixtures, which have also included daunting tests against Arsenal and Tottenham.
He said: “We have acquitted ourselves very well up to a certain level. The next part is can we be a bigger threat, can we keep the ball better?
“There are plenty of positives to take. They have a spirit and attitude that is great.
“It has been difficult, with who we have had to play, but if we keep applying ourselves like that, we can only get better.”
The performances of summer signings Willems and Joelinton have been a plus and United must now look to get the best out of Miguel Almiron in more forward positions.
Games against Albion are usually tight, with just four goals scored by both teams combined in as many meetings.
However, we like 29/10 for the Magpies to oblige by a one-goal margin from the Newcastle vs Brighton odds.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Willems, Krafth, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron, Atsu, Joelinton.
Andy Carroll is in line to make a second Newcastle debut after finally shaking off a troublesome ankle injury. He could be joined by French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who has shaken off a hamstring problem.
Full-back DeAndre Yedlin is available for the first time this season following a procedure on his groin, but defender Florian Lejeune (knee), midfielders Sean Longstaff and Matt Ritchie (both ankle) and strike Dwight Gayle (calf) are still out.
A Look At Brighton & Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton kicked off their campaign with a cracking 3-0 triumph at Watford but may have been flattered by that victory, judged on subsequent events.
Albion have since drawn at home to West Ham and Burnley, but lost to Southampton and Manchester City in between.
Neal Maupay looked to have given the Seagulls a second win versus the Clarets with a superb half-volley, but Jeff Hendrick equalised in stoppage time.
Graham Potter feels his side are on the right track and stated: “I think the performances are there.
“We understand that it is tough. We have to fight for every win and every point and we’ll continue to do that.”
Albion are known for digging in and being hard to beat, but we just believe Newcastle have a little bit more quality and athleticism.
Let’s finish off our Newcastle vs Brighton betting tips by taking 19/4 for the scores to be level at half-time, but then the Magpies to shade it in the second period.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Webster, Burn, Stephens, Gross, March, Propper, Maupay, Murray.
Brighton right-back Martin Montoya will be available again following illness. Defender Bernardo has an outside chance of being in contention after taking a kick in training, but winger Leandro Trossard continues his recovery from a groin problem.
Iran forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Nigeria defender Leon Balogun also picked up fitness issues during the international break. Midfielder Yves Bissouma (shoulder), Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Ezequiel Schelotto (knee) remain sidelined.
Liverpool 3-1 NEWCASTLE – Jetro Willems
BRIGHTON 1-1 Burnley – Neal Maupay
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-1 Brighton, Newcastle 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 Newcastle
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