After both teams experienced defeats in their previous matches, Brighton and Newcastle are searching for a much-needed morale booster. Brighton was slammed at home to West Ham, while Newcastle suffered a bitter upset at the hands of Liverpool. With their eyes firmly fixed on victory, both Brighton and Newcastle aren’t thinking about anything else. Though, the pressure is a bit higher for Eddie Howe and his boys, with their ambitions being higher than the Seagulls.
Brighton (+180) was outplayed against West Ham, and that’s something we haven’t seen that often in the past. Their victories against Luton and Wolverhampton showcased their true potential, but unfortunately, they failed to maintain that level of performance against West Ham.
Whether that happened because of Caicedo’s departure from the midfield or something else, the Hammers controlled the pace of the event throughout the majority of 90 minutes at Amex, slicing the hosts’ defense on several occasions. Therefore, a 1-3 defeat didn’t surprise anyone.
Brighton’s trend for high-scoring matches continued with this game, marking the third time they have been involved in a match with four or more goals this season. Also, all of those events have seen both teams netting. Let us remind you that De Zerbi’s crew beat Luton at home and Wolves on the road with the same result, 4-1.
Newcastle (+165) shocked its fans in the closing minutes of the game against Liverpool, allowing two goals and squandering a perfect opportunity for rebounding following a defeat in Manchester to City. The Magpies had a player extra on the field, as Virgil Van Dijk received a red card midway through the first half, with the hosts leading at the time.
Despite being only three games into the campaign, the loss against Liverpool has undoubtedly piled pressure on Newcastle’s manager, and the situation could deteriorate even more if the team posts another poor result. The defense was terrible in the closing part of the meeting against the Reds, allowing two pretty much the same goals, with Nunez breaking down his right flank and using an open space to beat Pope.
Julio Encisco and Jakub Moder are both out for this event due to their respective injuries.
Lewis Hall, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and Joseph Willock are all unavailable for Howe.
Head to Head Games
A few weeks ago, the two units met on the US tour, with Newcastle coming out as the winner from that event. The Magpies won 2-1. Last two EPL events, which took place in the previous year, saw a draw at Amex, 0-0, and later that year, a very confident victory of the Magpies at their St. James’ Park, 4-1.
Brighton’s attacking force is undoubtedly one of the most powerful in the Premiership. They’ve demonstrated that so many times over the past year and more. There’s no difference regarding Newcastle’s offense, which showed its ability against Aston Villa. When we add that both teams show a tendency to leave their defenses exposed, both teams scoring is the best possible pick for this event.
Pick: Both teams to score -200
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- Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich
- Arsenal vs. Manchester United
- AS Roma vs. AC Milan
- Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
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