Brighton take on title rivals Newcastle in a mouth-watering fixture, which should live up to the billing. Both teams desperate for the 3 points with other main rivals Huddersfield breathing down their necks, so defeat for either side could risk their chances of automatic promotion.
Newcastle will be missing top scorer Dwight Gayle, Issac Hayden and Rolando Aarons, otherwise it’s a fully fit squad for Rafa Benitez to select from. The Magpies drew last time out at home to Bristol City; goals from Aaron Wilbraham and David Cotterill gave City a shock 2-0 half-time lead, but a Korey Smith own goal and Ciaran Clark header help share the points. Gayle is the top scorer for the Magpies and the Championship with 20 goals thus far.
Form; D, W, W, D, W, D
FACT; Newcastle haven’t lost an away Tuesday night game since losing to Tottenham back in December 2010.
Brighton will have Seb Pocognoli available, after he was subbed off as a precautionary measure on Saturday. Liam Rosenior closes in on a return as does Gaetan Bong, but both are still a couple of weeks away from returning to the first team. Brighton won last time out against Reading, thanks to goals from Sam Baldock, Jamie Murphy and Anthony Knockaert. Glenn Murray remains the top scorer for the Seagulls with 16.
Form; L, D, W, D, W, W
FACT; Brighton have won 18 out of 18 games in which they have scored first.
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Brighton tasted their first defeat of the season at St James Park back in August, thanks to goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.
Brighton and Newcastle both have 8 victories, while the other 3 games played have ended in stalemate. Before their defeat in August, Brighton were undefeated against the Magpies in 6 games, including back-to-back F.A Cup wins in consecutive seasons, both wins at The AMEX.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, Murphy;
Brighton 1-0 Newcastle