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Brighton v Newcastle: Expect a cagey contest between promoted duo

| 23.09.2017

Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United meet in the Premier League’s only Sunday clash.

The two newly-promoted sides duked it out for the Championship title last term.

And having made it into the top-flight, the duo must be satisfied with their starts so far.

Brighton, with four points, go into this game as slight favourites at 33/20.

But Newcastle, with three wins on the spin, will appeal to many as the 9/5 shots.

The Geordie outfit won both fixtures last season, but Brighton, having signed a whole host of players over the summer, should improve week-by-week.

The draw is 2/1, and that could be the smart way to go. At this stage of the season both clubs are likely to be happy with a point.

This isn’t likely to be a goalfest, however. Three of Brighton’s games this season have seen under 2.5 goals, and that’s the same case for Newcastle.

And it’s a pattern that acutely applies when the shrewd and tactically astute Rafael Benitez takes the Magpies on their travels.

All three of those low-scoring games came away from home

Benitez knows what he’s doing. And his aim is for Newcastle to win at St James’ Park, while planning for a point on the road.

So a Draw and Under 2.5 goals makes sense at 5/2.

A 0-0 can be backed at 13/2, while 1-1 is 5/1.

Indeed Newcastle have yet to concede in the first-half this season, and with Brighton netting only once and conceding once in the opening 45 minutes, a rapid start looks unlikely.

It’s odds-on at 10/11 that the first half is a draw. The Draw/Draw on the Half-Time/Full-Time is 13/4, while 13/10 says the half-time whistle blows with the scoreline at 0-0.

Click here for all our Brighton v Newcastle odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.