Brighton (H): Pre-match thoughts, team news, possible line-up and prediction

Brighton’s long trek to St James’ Park provided us with a memorable 90 minutes as we thundered towards Champions League football last May.

The circumstances are similar as we welcome the Seagulls back to the Magpies’ nest. Eddie Howe’s Mags are again pushing for Europe and know that seven points from the final three games will seal European football once more.

Roberto De Zerbi has had a mixed season at the helm of the south coast side and has been linked with a move away constantly over the last few months.

At the demolition of Burnley in our last game, Howe was able to call upon Joelinton for the first time in what seemed like forever and it was great to see the Brazilian powerhouse back on the pitch. Howe may have some selection headaches, something he hasn’t had to contend with this season.

“Roberto has done a great job, along with Graeme before him,” Howe said of the weekend’s opponents.

“Their style is difficult to control. They stick to their method and have become very strong at it. If you don’t get the tactical framework right, you’re in for a very tough afternoon.

“We were off it tactically in the game at Brighton. We know we are going to need to perform well. They are a very strong team.”

It will also be the last game at St James’ Park this season and, given the reports around the possibility of relocating to a larger stadium in the city, perhaps one of the last end-of-season ties to be played at SJP.

“We have loved playing at home this season. I have been really pleased with how we have performed at home,” Howe said.

“We have a good feel, good energy and been very aggressive in our play. We are thankful for the support we have received from the fans. The crowd have embraced our style.”

Team news

Kieran Trippier has trained this week but his involvement this weekend is subject to Howe’s decision. However, the game may come too soon for Fabian Schar despite Howe saying he is improving.

Joelinton and Miggy Almiron have both trained well and should be involved in the squad again, while it is likely Nick Pope remains on the bench after returning from injury.

The visitors could be without top scorer Joao Pedro who has an ankle knock. Wingers Mitoma and March also remain out.

Predicted line-up: Dubravka; Livramento, Krafth, Burn, Hall; Murphy, Bruno, Longstaff, Gordon; Wilson, Isak.

I think the XI will be unchanged from the team that started against Burnley. But with Trippier, Pope, Joelinton, Anderson, Barnes and Miggy potentially on the bench, could we see the best bench Newcastle United have put out all season? It would certainly make a nice change!

Prediction: Newcastle 3 – 0 Brighton

I feel confident that we will score a few and win this one convincingly. That being said, my confidence has been misplaced before.

Brighton have been in poor form coming into this with only two wins in their last eight league games, while Newcastle are one of the form teams heading into the final three games. We need to win to bolster our chances of Europa League next season. Let’s get it done.




About Joshua Nichol

Joshua is a freelance journalist currently training at Sunderland Uni, but is a lifelong Newcastle fan and enjoyer of retro football kits.

16 thoughts on “Brighton (H): Pre-match thoughts, team news, possible line-up and prediction

  1. So Wilson missing coz he’s feeling a bit of tiredness according to Howe, not injured.

    I wonder if I text my boss on Monday morning saying I’m tired?! – I know exactly the answer id get – and I don’t earn a year what Wilson will a week!!.


  2. Prem – I agree about Barnes. Think he’s excellent offensively, but switches off for his defensive duties sometimes.

    I’ve been so impressed with Murphy under Howe.


  3. I’m pleased we managed to get a goal back at the end there. I thought we were going to blow it. We cannot afford to lose this game if we want Europe footy. Hoping for a better second half.


  4. Very, very disappointed with that. Poor result and now we must beat Manchester United and Brentford away. 😡😡


  5. At least we didn’t lose I suppose, but a draw is no good. Hope Arsenal smash manure tomorrow


  6. Bit disappointed with that, very poor first half Brighton could of been out of sight. Luckily we got one back. Second half better but wasteful in front of goal.


  7. Well that was poor. Very little intensity in our play.

    Everything we already knew really – Dubravka not good enough, Krafth not good enough, Longstaff not good enough.

    Miggy poor off the bench – disgraceful dive & what was actually a chance of a late goal – he can go.

    Barnes – disappointing again & needs a good pre season to get up to speed with things.

    Wilson – disappointing he was missing yet again. According to Howe he was just feeling tired – he can go too for me.


  8. A disappointing final home game – make up for it by smashing Man Utd instead now please 👍🏼


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