A blockbuster matchup in the Championship this bank holiday weekend, as Brighton travel to the tip of the border to face Newcastle. Both teams amongst the favourites for promotion, and both teams will be looking to take away a precious 3 points, in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash in front of the Sky cameras.
Rafa Benitez had a horrid start to the season, losing the first 2 league games, but has recovered well and has got the team looking quite strong. Summer signing Dwight Gayle will miss the game through concussion, as too will Alexsander Mitrovic, while Rolando Aarons misses out due to a fractured metatarsal. Ayoze Perez is expected to be fit after having his head strapped in the win against Cheltenham on Tuesday. Gayle is the leading Magpies scorer, but as mentioned before, he will miss the game.
Form; L, L, W, W, W
FACT; Newcastle only lost 5 times at home last season, and didn’t score in 4 of their home games.
New signing Shane Duffy is in line to make his debut, after signing just before the deadline. Liam Rosenior is defiantly out, while Uwe Hunemeier is in the squad, with Dale Stephens a possibility after missing out the last 2 games due to match fitness. Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert are the leading Seagulls scorers with 3, and will be hoping to add to their tallies.
Form; D, W, W, W, D, W
FACT; Brighton are unbeaten in their last 18 league games, winning 11 of those.
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Brighton were winners last time out in the 3rd round of the F.A Cup, thanks to goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins.
Brighton hold the cards marginally; they have won 8 of the 18 meetings, while Newcastle have won 7. Brighton are unbeaten in the last 6 games against Newcastle.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Kayal, Skalak;
Newcastle 2-1 Brighton