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

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Brighton v Newcastle

Premier League: Sat, 27/04  Stadium: Amex Stadium

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A draw at 9/4 with Bet365 looks a strong possibility, and with the hosts struggling for goals and form they will be more than happy with this outcome. Ayoze Perez is one of the form players in the Premier League at present, and is a generous 8/1 to open the scoring, or 3/1 to score anytime, both odds available with Betfair.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Chris Hughton’s beleaguered Brighton side take on a Newcastle United side already mathematically safe from relegation, in what is likely to a fraught evening at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton’s last chance for points?

After a miserable run of form that has seen Brighton’s players accused of ‘downing tools’, the under pressure Seagulls at least put in a resilient performance in midweek against Spurs, going down to a last gasp Christian Eriksen strike. That defeat leaves them just three points from safety, but with the possibly crucial advantage of a superior goal difference on their fellow relegation candidates Cardiff City.

However all is not rosy for the Seagulls – after this tough fixture they face even sterner tests with an away trip to Champions League chasing Arsenal, then a daunting finale at home to Manchester City, who could be going blood and thunder for the win required to retain their title. A defeat in this fixture could leave Brighton at the mercy of Cardiff’s results, with points against Arsenal and Manchester City looking extremely unlikely based on current form.

Newcastle safe for another season

Brighton’s opponents arrive at the Amex Stadium safe in the knowledge they will be playing Premier League football next season, with Rafa Benitez once again brilliantly getting the best out of the resources available to him. Back to back wins against Leicester City away and fellow strugglers Southampton at home, all courtesy of goals from the in-form Ayoze Perez have lifted the Toon Army into thirteen placed in the table, ten points clear of the relegation places with only nine points left to play for.

The challenge for the club will be now what to do in the summer – back Benitez in the transfer market in an attempt to push on for a top ten finish next season, or risk losing the brilliant tactician in the summer but not backing him with serious transfer funds. As ever it will be an interesting summer on Tyneside, with the club not adverse to shooting itself in the foot just as it looks like they are making some progress.

Team News

Winger Anthony Knockaert is available for Brighton after completing a three-match suspension and is likely to come straight back into the side. The Frenchman is the last player to score in the league for the Seagulls, five games ago. Davy Propper is still ruled out with a hamstring problem.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is suffering from illness and will not be involved, while Miguel Almiron will miss the remainder of the season and potentially the Copa America with Paraguay because of a hamstring injury. Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden, who were substituted with minor injuries last weekend, should both be available.

Under pressure Brighton may nick a point

With the goals having completely dried up and clean sheets few and far between all season, Brighton will do well to get something from this game against a confident and relaxed Newcastle side. The Seagulls performance in midweek against Spurs at least showed they have the heart for a battle, and a similar battling performance should be enough to squeeze out a point against the visitors at what is likely to be a nervy Amex Stadium.

A draw at 9/4 with Bet365 looks a strong possibility, and with the hosts struggling for goals and form they will be more than happy with this outcome. Ayoze Perez is one of the form players in the Premier League at present, and is a generous 8/1 to open the scoring, or 3/1 to score anytime, both odds available with Betfair.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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