Kick-off: 1500, 20/10/2018
Stadium: St James’ Park
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What Trueform says for Newcastle vs Brighton
Newcastle suffered late heartbreak at Manchester United last time out but still earned a high Trueform rating and can gain some compensation when hosting Brighton.
The Seagulls have only picked up one point from four Premier League away games, failing to score in three of those fixtures.
We’re backing the Magpies at 6/5 to secure a first top-flight success of the season as our initial Newcastle vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle have been competitive against a number of elite-level teams this term, only going down 2-1 to Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
They looked set to end that frustrating run of near-misses when getting off to a flying start at Old Trafford, with Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto on target after some slick attacking play.
Unfortunately for the Magpies, Juan Mata’s 70th-minute free-kick sparked the Red Devils into life and Rafael Benitez’s side eventually fell to a 3-2 defeat following a last-gasp strike by Alexis Sanchez.
“It is difficult to take because we did so well,” lamented Benitez. “At 2-0, we had chances to score the third and we had control against a very good team.
“We have to stay calm and be sure we continue working in this way, because we will win games if we play like that.”
This game begins a good run of fixtures for the Magpies right up until Christmas and there is every chance for them to start climbing up the table.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Yedlin, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie, Kenedy, Muto, Ayoze Perez.
Ciaran Clark is out after returning from international duty with a thigh problem.
Full-back Paul Dummett (hamstring) is available, but striker Salomon Rondon (thigh) and central defender Florian Lejeune (knee) are still missing.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton earned a second home win of the season when Glenn Murray’s fifth goal of the campaign helped them to end a good run of results for West Ham.
Both teams had chances to add to the scoring in an entertaining tussle, but Albion clung on to claim maximum points.
Chris Hughton commented: “As the game went on, we rode our luck, but sometimes you need that.”
The Seagulls have been less fortunate on the road, though, suffering three defeats and only snatching a draw at Southampton thanks to Murray’s stoppage-time spot-kick.
Brighton also struggled with travel sickness last season, when securing only 11 of their 40 points on the road, with a division-low 10 goals scored in 19 away games.
Having failed to find the back of the net on their last couple of trips to St James’ Park, we’re taking 23/4 for Albion to go down 1-0 in our Newcastle vs Brighton betting tips.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Propper, Jahanbakhsh, Murray.
Brighton midfielder Davy Propper will be absent after the Holland international suffered an ankle injury in Albion’s win over West Ham.
Pascal Gross could be involved after returning to training following an ankle problem, which has ruled him out since September 1.
Fellow midfielder Dale Stephens (hamstring) and full-back Gaetan Bong (knee) also face late fitness tests.
Man Utd 3-2 NEWCASTLE – Kenedy, Yoshinori Muto
BRIGHTON 1-0 West Ham – Glenn Murray
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 Newcastle, Brighton 1-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-0 Brighton
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