Newcastle United must keep picking up points to ensure Champions League qualification for next season as Liverool at hot on the heels, should Newcastle slip up. After defeat to Arsenal and a draw away at Leeds United, Newcastle must pick up at least a point to keep them in the top 4 race. The last team they want to come up against is a Brighton side, who tore Arsenal apart on Sunday in a convincing 3-0 win.
Brighton themselves have a lot to play for as they are seeking to finish as high as possible in the Premier League with European football a massive opportunity for The Seagulls, who know they have a tough couple of games left including hosting the soon to be Premier League Champions Manchester City.
Newcastle have had a superb season with a strong defence and top attacking players including Izak, Wilson and Willock. Eddie Howe has done an amazing job this season and they just need to keep their heads to secure a first Champions League qualification in 20 years, which is a massive achievement.
After scoring 9 goals in two homes against Spurs & Southampton, Newcastle were well beaten in the end by Arsenal and then came up against Big Sam’s Leeds, who came back well to draw 2-2. Newcastle just looked off the pace a little, but with the cool Callum Wilson, they managed to convert two penalties. With a return of 35 points from 17 home games, Newcastle have been decent at St James’ Park and will look to start on the front foot to gain an early lead.
If we say Newcastle have had a season to remember, then the same can be said about Brighton. After cruel defeat to Manchester United, they have had some outstanding performances this season including two wins at home over Liverpool in the Premier League and FA Cup and now a superb 3-0 away win over Arsenal.
De Zerbi’s Brighton play some delightful football, with a brand of attacking play only witnessed by Manchester City. They are super confident on the ball and with flair players such as Mitoma and Mac Allister, Brighton are pushing for their highest ever Premier League finish.
Brighton keep unearthing top young talent and Caicedo is another player who has been superb all season. Irish youngster Ferguson is also impressing along with Pascal Gross and Solly March.
Brighton were surprisingly beaten 5-1 at home by Everton a few weeks ago, which most likely spurred them on for a response last week at Arsenal, and it showed by the aggressive nature of their play, albeit they were creative up front to put Arsenal under pressure and forcing them to go long.
Now in pole position to secure Europa League Football, Brighton can once again look to express themselves on the big stage, against a big opponent and it will sure be an entertaining game when these two meet.
|Newcastle||Evens Paddy Power|
|Draw||29/10 Paddy Power|
|Brighton||12/5 William Hill|
Both Newcastle and Brighton have performed well above expectations this season and with both of them heading for European football next season, this is sure to be an attacking game where both sides show off their superb football.
After Brighton’s 3-0 win over Arsenal, they will be absolutely on cloud 9 and hoping to continue this form against Newcastle.
Our punters.pub bet of the day for Newcastle v Brighton is the match to finish as a draw, priced at 29/10 with William Hill. Early on this season, they cancelled each other out, and not that this will end in a 0-0 draw, you are likely to see an entertaining game, but both sides coming away with a point.