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30/12/2017 Kick Off:  3:00 pm St James' Park V Predicted Score:2 - 1

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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.

Team News

Newcastle United's Last Six:

Newcastle’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 0 Lost: 5

Dwight Gayle is in line to return to the Newcastle XI after making a positive impression off the bench against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Mikel Merino and Christian Atsu, meanwhile, could also return to the team as head coach Rafael Benitez prepares to shuffle his pack.

Brighton's Last Six:

Brighton’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4

Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert are both pushing for spots in the XI after starting on the bench against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Pascal Gross is also expected to return to the team, with Tomer Hemed among those that could drop to the bench for the Seagulls.

Newcastle United vs Brighton Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle

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.

Predicted Score: Newcastle United 2 - 1 Brighton

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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.