Saturday, in the 9th Premier League, Newcastle receives Brighton & Hove Albion’s visit from 15:00. The waters are cloudy on “St. James Park, “and Rafa Benitez is on the brink of resignation because of backstage problems (owner Mike Ashley wants to sell the club). It looks like a perfect environment for a surprise made by Brighton, who has not won 17 matches!
The last direct duel ended with a 0-0 win in Newcastle, but Brighton has 3 wins in the last four matches played at home against “cotofen”. This is a good indicator, which tells us that Brighton can fight on a par with his rival Saturday. From the point of view of attitude and physical endurance, Brighton can certainly rise to the level of Rafa Benitez’s band. Without Rondon, ruggedly, the black and white band has little resources to attack, but it was one step away from a huge victory last season with Man. United.
Newcastle led 2-0 on Old Trafford, but Manchester United turned the score and won in extra time thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s success (3-2). It was still a disappointing result for the “cotofen”, who fought on the same level with the Premier League grandees this season, just to end each time without points in the account. Newcastle has lost, to date, against Man. United, Man. City, Arsenal and Chelsea, reaching 19th in the hierarchy (goal 6-13). Brighton is on 13th place (9-13 go) and showed very solid last round on his own against West Ham United (1-0).
Florin Andone will be back to Brighton again.
But it is known that Brighton plays much better at home than he is doing on the move, and this time Chris Houghton would be pleased with a draw in the north. Houghton was a coach at Newcastle and rejoiced on the black and white bench, following a warm welcome on “St. James Park “. His ambition to defeat his former team will provide additional motivation for Brighton’s players, who must make an impeccable defense game Saturday. Without a goal in 5 of their last 7 away games, “seagulls” meet a vulnerable opponent who can be kidnapped. But Brighton has lost 5 of the last 6 Premier League matches played away after being led to the break and Saturday needs a good start. Newcastle has four consecutive defeats on his own. Florin Andone is announced guest reserve.
THE PROBABLE TEAMS
Newcastle United: Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett – Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy – Ayoze Perez, Josu
Brighton: M. Ryan – Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong – Knockaert, Kayal, Propper, Jahanbakhsh – S. March – G. Murray
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / NO @ 1.74