Newcastle United v Brighton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

Newcastle United v Brighton match preview image

Saturday, September 21, 2019


St James’ Park

Punter's Pick

The two games between these sides last season produced the grand total of three goals, so both sides not to score at ⅘ with Bet365 warrants serious consideration given the goal shy nature of both teams. If Newcastle do edge the game it is likely to be by the single goal, so a winning margin of one goal at 3/1, again with Bet365 looks like an appealing proposition.

Two sides struggling to assert themselves under new managers come head to head at St James’ Park, as Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United take on Graham Potter’s Brighton.

Newcastle showing signs of life?

After a torrid pre-season in which the popular Rafa Benitez departed and was replaced by the rather unpopular Steve Bruce, Newcastle started the season as expected all over the place, quickly slipping to back to back defeats. An unexpected 1-0 away victory at Tottenham stopped the rot, and the performance bore all the hallmarks of a Benitez tactical masterclass, delivered by a new manager and new personnel.

However a timid 1-1 draw at home to Watford followed by a fruitless trip to Anfield last weekend leaves them on just four points from their opening five points, and with sides like Brighton likely to be in the mix alongside Newcastle in the lower half of the table, they will be eyeing home fixtures like this as must wins to keep them from slipping into a relegation battle.

Change in style but no change in results for Brighton?

Much like Newcastle, Brighton also went through a pre-season of upheaval, with the dependable Chris Hughton dispensed with, despite keeping Brighton up for successive seasons on limited resources. It was felt his direct brand of football was fast expiring in an era where playing out from the goalkeeper is fast becoming the norm in top flight football, so a change of approach was required.

New manager Graham Potter has definitely tried to stamp his style of play on the Seagulls, as evident with veteran forward Glen Murray being relegated to a bit part player this season, a sure sign the direct approach is no longer required. While as commendable it has been to see a team who struggled to stay up last season change their style of play so dramatically, results have not gone his way. Brighton have still failed to notch their first home win since March, and indeed have not won since a resounding 3-0 away on the opening day of the season at bottom placed Watford.

Team News

Newcastle’s have a host of injury problems, with the likes of winger Allan Saint-Maximin out with a hamstring injury, whilst striker Dwight Gayle is still missing with an injury sustained in pre-season. Andy Carroll still remains unavailable with a perennial ankle problem, and is joined by Matt Ritchie, who is likely to be missing until November.

Brighton could welcome back Malian midfielder Yves Bissouma, who is fully fit following a shoulder problem that kept him out of the opening weeks of the season. However Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo is still out following a succession of injuries that mean he is yet to play this season, and is likely to be joined by promising midfielder Leandro Trossard, who has a groin injury.

Low key encounter could be decided by a single goal

With both sides struggling to find the net with any great regularity, mustering just nine goals between them in ten games combined so far this season, this game has all the hallmarks of being settled by the odd goal. Where that goal comes from remains to be seen, with neither side likely to throw too many men forward as they look to avoid defeat first and foremost. It promises to be a tight and tense evening on Tyneside, with a nervous home team pressing for a vital three points.

Punter's Pick

The two games between these sides last season produced the grand total of three goals, so both sides not to score at ⅘ with Bet365 warrants serious consideration given the goal shy nature of both teams. If Newcastle do edge the game it is likely to be by the single goal, so a winning margin of one goal at 3/1, again with Bet365 looks like an appealing proposition.

Browse by Team

Browse your favourite football team and see their match previews.