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Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Newcastle to win 2-1 against Brighton- 17/2!


At 17/2, a £10 bet would return £95!

Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

May 18, 2023

7:30 pm GMT+1

Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion match preview

Just six seasons ago, these two clubs were promoted together from the Championship, finishing one point apart in first and second.

Now, both are are on the cusp of European qualification, making this a crucial clash for both on Tyneside.

Brighton & Hove Albion supporters will be making the long 326 mile journey north full of confidence, having seen their side demolish Arsenal 3-0 in North London on Sunday.

Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav and Pervis Estupiñán all on target in a magnificent second half display from the Seagulls.

So now, having won five of their last eight, Roberto De Zerbi’s team are up to sixth, a point above Tottenham and Aston Villa, having played two games fewer than both.

After this, the Seagulls’ remaining fixtures are Southampton (H), Man City (H) and Aston Villa (A), the latter set to be particularly crucial.

If Brighton are going to get into Europe for the first time ever, they need to remain in the top seven, thereby meaning a victory here would be a giant step towards achieving that.

Newcastle United meantime know they must win two of their last three fixtures if they’re to qualify for the Champions League, ending their 20-year exile from that tournament.

On Saturday, the Magpies were involved in a simply bonkers game, held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds at Elland Road, with Callum Wilson converting a pair of penalties.

Eddie Howe’s side have failed to win either of their last two, which represents a bit of a downturn considering they’d won eight out of nine beforehand.

Nevertheless, the Toon Army remain third, above Man United on goal difference and just one point clear of Liverpool, with this their game in hand.

Thus, home wins here and then against Leicester on Monday night would rubber stamp Newcastle’s return to the Champions League.

The reverse fixture, all the way back in August, was goalless, meaning Newcastle have won just one of 11 Premier League meetings with Brighton, a 2-1 victory when the two most-recently met in the North East.

The Albion haven’t lost back-to-back visits to St James’ Park since their first two ousting there, in 1930 and 1961, but will Newcastle make home advantage count?

Newcastle United team news

Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak have started the last two matches together, despite never previously doing so beforehand.

Eddie Howe is likely to persist with this, while it was Miguel Almirón who completed the front three at Leeds, chosen over Allan Saint-Maximin, Jacob Murphy or Anthony Gordon.

Overall, Newcastle’s XI is set to remain unchanged, with Sean Longstaff out for the rest of the season injured.

Joelinton currently has 12 yellow cards to his name, needing to be booked in each of Newcastle’s final three games to break the single-season record.

This record is jointly held by six players: Étienne Capoue (18/19), José Holebas (16/17) and Lee Cattermole (14/15), Cheick Tioté (10/11), Robbie Savage (01/02) and Mark Hughes (98/99).

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schär, Botman, Burn; Willock, Joelinton, Guimarães; Almirón, Isak, Wilson.

Brighton & Hove Albion team news

Brighton’s emphatic victory over Arsenal was made all the more impressive by the fact they achieved it without Adam Webster and Solly March; it’s unknown if either will be back.

Compared to the XI that got smashed 5-1 by Everton the game before, Billy Gilmour was back in midfield, Julio Enciso came in for Facundo Buonanotte out-wide and Evan Ferguson led the line.

Moisés Caicedo was dropping into right-back on Sunday, with Pascal Groß drifting into midfield, which was an interesting tactical wrinkle; will this be the case again?

Goalkeeper Robert Sánchez may have played his last game for Brighton, given that he wasn’t even on the bench at the weekend for unexplained reasons.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Steele; Caicedo, Dunk, Colwill, Estupiñán; Gilmour, Groß, Mac Allister, Enciso, Mitoma; Ferguson.

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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