Newcastle vs Brighton preview


Newcastle welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to St James Park as the Geordies look to continue their good run of form and push for the European places.  

Newcastle head into this match having won four out of their last five matches and having picked up 16 points from a possible 21 in the last seven games. Eddie Howe’s men look to continue their great run of form in hopes of another season where they finish in the European places. 

Brighton, however, are in poor form coming into this game having won two league games in their last eight as they look to keep their slim hopes of European football alive as well. 

Eddie Howe will be relieved to be getting some of his injured players back as he recently used Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Elliot Anderson as substitutes against Burnley in a 4-1 win. Howe has had barely any opportunities to use a full squad this season at one specific point in the season only having 12 senior squad members fit.  

Alexander Isak has been in fantastic form since returning from his injury having notched 10 goals and assist in his last 10 games. Howe will be looking for his star man to deliver him another three points as Newcastle look to maintain sixth place and potentially put pressure on Spurs for fifth place.  

Similar to Eddie Howe, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has had a lot of key players missing this season such as Solly March, Evan Ferguson and Adam Lallana.  

De Zerbi will be glad that his side got back to winning ways against Champions League chasing Aston Villa in a game they played very well in he will be looking to end the season strongly after what he would perceive to be a bit of an underwhelming season considering he set the bar so high during the last campaign.   

In the reverse fixture, Brighton won 3-1 and will look to claim six points against the Magpies, something they have not managed since the 2020/21 season.