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Brighton vs Newcastle: Predictions
Brighton managed to stop the bleeding with a 2-1 win over Southampton in their last match, ending a five-game winless run in the Premier League, including defeats in their previous three matches. Even so, Graham Potter’s men remain 16th in the table, just three points ahead of Fulham in the relegation zone. Regardless of how well they’ve played or how unlucky they’ve been in front of goal, the Seagulls must build on their win against Southampton or risk being dragged back down into the Championship.
Sitting one place and one point below Brighton, things are even worse right now for Newcastle, who have won just two games across all competitions since mid-December. Like Brighton, one of those victories came against Southampton. Steve Bruce’s men have played some of the most lacklustre football in the Premier League this season and having taken just three points from their last five games, scoring only three goals in the process, fans must be looking nervously over their shoulders at Fulham, who could be out of the bottom three by the time this fixture takes place.
Brighton vs Newcastle: Match Stats
Neal Maupay’s 2020/21 Premier League shot map
Brighton are unbeaten in all seven of their Premier League meetings with Newcastle (W3 D4) – only against West Ham have they played as many in the competition without ever suffering defeat. The Magpies have faced Brighton more often without victory than they have any other side in the Premier League.
Newcastle have scored just one goal against Brighton in the Premier League.
Brighton are looking to secure their first league double over Newcastle since the 1978-79 campaign in the second tier.
Potter’s side have underperformed their xG by 13.63, more than any other Premier League side this season.
Neal Maupay has taken more shots (58) than any other Brighton player in the Premier League this season, and is also their top scorer with seven goals.
Only Sheffield United (6) have scored fewer first-half goals in the Premier League than Newcastle this season (9), while the Magpies have the lowest ratio of goals scored in the opening 45 minutes this term (32% – 9/28).
20 September 2020 – Newcastle 0-3 Brighton (Premier League)
20 July 2020 – Brighton 0-0 Newcastle (Premier League)
21 September 2019 – Newcastle 0-0 Brighton (Premier League)
27 April 2019 – Brighton 1-1 Newcastle (Premier League)
20 October 2018 – Newcastle 0-1 Brighton (Premier League)
Though they did the double over them as both sides were promoted from the Championship in 2016/17, Newcastle have never beaten Brighton in the Premier League, losing three and drawing four of their seven meetings so far, scoring just one goal. The Seagulls ran out 3-0 victors in their previous meeting back in September.