Brighton v Newcastle: 101 Great Goals prediction – Seagulls 0 – Toon 1
The Toon have had all week to prepare for this match and Rafa Benitez seems to be revelling on the training ground.
After a shaky start, Newcastle have won three on the bounce and look like they belong at this level.
Brighton have showed glimpses of quality, particularly versus West Brom, but question marks remain over their attacking play.
Brighton v Newcastle betting tips
Newcastle are favourites with the bookies at 7/4, to win this match.
Brighton are rated at 13/8 for the win.
Draw at half-time and Newcastle to win at full time looks an attractive 5/1.
Brighton v Newcastle match preview
Brighton and Newcastle were head to head for much of the Championship season in 2016/2017.
Chris Hughton’s side achieved promotion before Newcastle but fell away in the final games of the season. As a result, the Toon won the title.
Newcastle had the upper hand in the Championship over Brighton in their head to head matches.
This fixture finished 2-1 to Newcastle. And, they also won their home game against Brighton, 2-0.
Are Brighton any good?
The jury is very much still out on Brighton.
Their only win of the nascent Premier League season came over West Brom in their last home match.
Pascal Gross looks like a find and perhaps their only real creator. So far, Anthony Knockaert has failed to light up the Premier League.
Brighton lost successive matches against Bournemouth in the past week, 2-1 in the Premier League. And, 0-1 after extra time in the Carabao Cup.
The Seagulls played a reserve side at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
Whilst question marks remain over Brighton, Newcastle have already impressed regular watchers of the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez often does his best work on the training ground and having a week to prepare for each game looks to be paying off.
Newcastle may not be so strong when the hectic Christmas fixtures kick in but right now they look a side fully prepared and with a lot of confidence.
Three Premier League wins on the bounce speaks for itself and the Toon will know that a win here could put big daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.
Brighton team news v Newcastle
Brighton made 10 changes for the side that played Bournemouth in midweek.
Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has a lengthy injury list that includes Steve Sidwell, Izzy Brown, Baram Kayal and Sam Baldock.
Tomer Hemed is expected to continue up front.
Newcastle team news v Brighton
Aleksandar Mitrovic remains suspended. Joselu will continue to lead the Newcastle line.
Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow are expected to miss out due to injury.
Jamal Lascelles, scorer of two winners in successive Premier League matches, will captain the side.