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St James' Park

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

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St James' Park

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Two teams in need of Premier League points will lock horns this weekend when Newcastle United host Brighton & Hove Albion.

Last time: Brighton recorded a 1-0 win over Newcastle when the pair met in the reverse match earlier this season. Tomer Hemed’s 51st-minute goal proved the difference between the two sides at the Amex Stadium.

This time: Newcastle are 6/5 to collect all three points with Brighton at 61/20 and the draw available at 23/10.

You might remember: Newcastle recorded a 2-1 win at Brighton during last season’s Championship campaign. It was a vital result for the Magpies as they overcame one of their rivals for promotion.

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Just three points separate 15th-placed Newcastle from 12th-placed Brighton in the Premier League table. The pair were promoted from the Championship last season, and will seemingly face battles to stay in the top flight this term. There is no question that both will be desperate for the three points when they lock horns this weekend.

Newcastle are 6/5 to win as the Magpies look to bounce back from Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. Rafael Benitez’s side put in a decent performance against the league leaders, but six defeats from their last seven Premier League matches has left them down in 15th position in the table.

Brighton are 61/20 to triumph as they look to bounce back from Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at the champions Chelsea. Chris Hughton’s side have actually lost four of their last six in the Premier League, and have only won two of their 10 away league fixtures this term. They are 12th in the table as things stand, but sit just four points above the relegation zone during a busy stage of the season.

The draw is 23/10, and recent meetings between the two teams suggest that it will be a tight affair on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, just one goal has separated the pair in their last two fixtures. That said, Newcastle and Brighton have not shared the points since they met in the Second Division back in December 1991.

Dwight Gayle is 67/10 in the first goalscorer market, while the striker can be backed at 14/1 to score two or more times against Brighton. The 27-year-old has three league goals from just nine starts in the Premier League this season, and came close to netting against Man City on Wednesday night.

Glenn Murray is 13/2 to open the scoring this weekend. The Brighton forward started on the bench against Chelsea on Boxing Day, and is expected to return to the XI for this match. He can also be backed at 16/1 to score two or more goals.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The match result and both teams to score market has excellent value. Newcastle are available at 17/4 to win under those circumstances, while Brighton can be backed as high as 15/2.

 

2

We fancy:

Correct score of 2-1 Newcastle can be backed at 9/1. The last two meetings between these two teams have been very tight, and a narrow home win could be on the cards at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Newcastle to win 4-0 is available at 66/1. The Magpies are due a big performance on home soil, while Brighton do not exactly not travel well. It is the type of match that could run away from Brighton if they concede an early goal.

Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.