Newcastle United vs Brighton preview

Newcastle United will look to end the 2023/24 season in style and cement their position in Europe as they face off against Brighton this weekend in the Premier League at St James’ Park.

The hosts have 4 wins in the last 5 scoring 14 goals across them whereas the visitors have 1 win in 5, leaking 11 goals.

Last time the sides met at St James’ the hosts ran out 4-1 winners putting them just 1 point away from Champions League qualification.

Newcastle have been boosted by 3 players returning from injury, Nick Pope, Joelinton and Miguel Almiron who will all be aiming to have some participation in this weekends encounter.

Newcastle performed well on the road last weekend at Turf Moor winning 1-4 putting a nail in Burnley’s coffin as they look set to return to the Championship.

Brighton also returned to winning ways defeating Aston Villa 1-0 at home knocking their confidence of hopes for Champions League qualifying.

Eddie Howe’s side sit 6th place in the Premier League, 2 points ahead of both European chasing rivals Chelsea and Man United. A win would see Newcastle jump 5 points clear of their rivals and potentially just 1 point behind Tottenham Hotspur.

On the other hand De Zerbi’s side sit 11th place on 47 points 15 points away from last season’s finish on 62 points.

The man on form Aleksander Isak will look to boost his golden boot hopes sitting 5 goals behind Erling Haaland with just 3 games to play.