Kick-off: 1400, 20/09/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Newcastle and Brighton have been well matched since they battled it out for the Championship title in the 2016/17 season and another close contest is likely on Sunday.
Their six subsequent meetings in the Premier League have produced just four goals and the last three have all been drawn.
There were two goalless stalemates last season and a fourth consecutive draw at 11/5 is our opening Newcastle vs Brighton prediction.
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Newcastle’s summer signings have hit the ground running with Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser all on target already.
The first two netted as the Magpies started the season with a 2-0 win at West Ham last weekend while Fraser bagged the only goal in the midweek Carabao Cup victory over Blackburn.
Full-back Jamal Lewis has also impressed and manager Steve Bruce will be hoping they can now build on last week’s result.
“We needed people who can play in the Premier League,” said Bruce after the West Ham game regarding the new arrivals.
“We have all agreed that that is the best way forward. The proven quality in the Premier League takes away the risk.
“How often have we seen a player from abroad take time to adjust, get used to the climate, getting used to this, to that? We needed people who could hit the ground running and on this evidence, I think we were right.”
It may take time for Newcastle to find their best form, though, and only two teams scored fewer home goals last season so under 1.5 goals at 31/20 appeals in the Newcastle vs Brighton odds.
Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Darlow, Lascelles, Lewis, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Hendrick, Carroll, Saint-Maximin, Wilson.
A Look At Brighton & Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton were given a tough start to the season and suffered a deserved 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea despite Leandro Trossard’s equaliser.
The trip to Tyneside gives them a better chance of getting their first points on the board and manager Graham Potter will hope Adam Lallana and Ben White are fit to feature after they went off injured on Monday.
Lallana was reported to be suffering with cramp but was poised to resume training on Friday.
“He’s going to join the group today for training, so that’s really positive. The initial concerns, it wasn’t as bad as we thought,” said Potter at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s understandable when you consider Adam’s history, but he’s been great since he’s been with us and we’re delighted to have him and we need to try and help him be on the pitch as much as possible.
“We’ll make a decision about that as late as we can to give him the time. That decision probably won’t be made until Saturday in terms of how much involvement he will have in the game but he’s got a chance.”
Brighton made themselves tricky to beat on their travels last season, only losing three away games against teams outside the top six.
They held out for goalless draws at Leicester and Wolves, as well as at St James’ Park, so another 0-0 draw at 21/4 is our final Newcastle vs Brighton prediction.
Last Brighton EPL line-up: Ryan, Lamptey, White, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Lallana, Alzate, March, Maupay, Trossard.
Last EPL result:
West Ham 0-2 NEWCASTLE – Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick
BRIGHTON 1-3 Chelsea – Leandro Trossard
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-1 Brighton, Newcastle 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 Newcastle
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