Teams for the top four Newcastle United and Brighton meet at St. James’ Park in a rescheduled Premier League match that could be crucial to both sides’ European ambitions.
Eddie Howe’s side failed to win their most recent home game against Leeds United after falling to a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal. They did, however, earn a valuable point in a tense Premier League match at Elland Road over the weekend. Liverpool and Manchester United pounced on Newcastle’s slip to significantly close the gap.
Meanwhile, Brighton responded to their 5-1 loss to Everton by crushing Arsenal’s title hopes with a 3-0 thrashing last time out, and they now have the chance to dent Newcastle’s Champions League push when the two sides meet at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle United and Brighton will face off in the Premier League 2023 on 19th May 2023 at the St. James’ Park.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Newcastle United vs Brighton, Premier League 2023
Date: Friday, 19th May 2023
Kickoff: 12:00 AM (IST)
Venue: St. James’ Park
Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, and Matt Ritchie will all be out for the rest of the season. Sean Longstaff, who is still out with a foot injury, may find this game too soon. Ryan Fraser is still training with the Under-21s. And Jacob Murphy, who has a tight groin, is another question mark.
The Magpies’ star at Elland Road was Nick Pope, who saved a penalty in a sliding door moment. Leeds would have been 2-0 up if Patrick Bamford had converted the spot-kick from 12 yards, and Newcastle United’s Champions League hopes could have been jeopardized.
But England’s goalkeeper stood tall and went on to make some crucial saves in the 2-2 draw. Brighton are good at creating chances, and when combined with Newcastle’s disjointed backline, he could have his hands full in goal for the Toon.
While the Magpies were a well-oiled machine in the first half of the season, their defensive standards have fallen since the turn of the year, with Howe’s team keeping just one clean sheet in their last 15 league games.
Nonetheless, as the best defensive unit in the Premier League, the back-four selects itself, with Fabian Schar and Sven Botman partnering at the heart of the backline, flanked by Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier. The fullbacks will have to deal with tricky Brighton wide players Kauro Mitoma, Pervis Estupinan, and Julio Enciso.
While the combination of Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak should result in plenty of goals, it leaves the Magpies lacking in midfield. In addition, when Longstaff is absent, Newcastle loses a certain level of tenacity in their midfield. Howe will be hoping that winger Miguel Almiron is back to full fitness after being reintroduced into the starting lineup against Leeds, as the Paraguayan runs and makes recovery runs like a maniac when fully fit.
Bruno Guimaraes will play as the sitting midfielder. He adds guile to Newcastle’s midfield that no other player can, even if he is only playing with one foot and appears to be in a bad mood right now. Joelinton provides muscle, while Joe Willock provides energy. To avoid turnovers in possession, both teams will need to be more defensively disciplined than in recent games.
Allan Saint-Maximin impressed as a substitute against Arsenal and Leeds. He’ll be a useful bench option alongside Elliot Anderson and Anthony Gordon, and what a time for him to score for the Frenchman after an injury-plagued season so far.
Newcastle United Possible Starting Lineup:
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Willock, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Isak
Brighton will be without key winger Solly March (hamstring) for the second time this season, though Julio Enciso’s breakthrough has softened the blow. The latter was forced off against the Gunners due to an injury but should be fit for this crucial match.
Injuries have kept Adam Lallana (thigh), Jakub Moder (knee), Jeremy Sarmiento (ankle), and Tariq Lamptey (knee) out. Joel Veltman (thigh) is still out with an injury after missing the weekend game against Arsenal.
Jason Steele will start in goal. As a result of Adam Webster’s injury, Levi Colwill may once again partner with the towering Lewis Dunk in the center of defence. Boss Roberto De Zerbi has no reason to change his 4-2-3-1 formation, which features Ecuadorian full-backs Moises Caicedo and Pervis Estupinan.
The former can play in midfield, but the latter’s devastating pace and athleticism mean he’s excellent at providing width to influential winger Kauro Mitoma, resulting in strong overlaps and underlaps.
Because of their ball-playing and ball-carrying ability, Pascal Gross and Billy Gilmour’s double pivot gives Brighton control in the middle of the park. Alexis Mac Allister will be the creative fulcrum for De Zerbi’s side once again, with Enciso and Mitoma providing attacking impetus and penetration to their respective flanks.
De Zerbi’s major selection quandary could come out on top. Denis Undav has been in excellent form, scoring a goal and creating another in a ten-minute cameo against Arsenal. However, Evan Ferguson and Danny Welbeck have not put a foot wrong recently and are viable candidates to start from the start.
Brighton Possible Starting Lineup:
Steele; Gross, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Caicedo, Gilmour; Mitoma, Mac Allister, Enciso; Ferguson
Newcastle United vs Brighton Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Last season, Newcastle United won this match 2-1. That was their only victory over Brighton in their previous 11 Premier League games.
- Brighton have kept eight Premier League clean sheets against Newcastle United. That is their most against any opponent in the competition.
- Newcastle United has allowed two goals in their last two Premier League games.
- In their last 15 league games, the Magpies have only kept one clean sheet.
- This season, Brighton has won eight Premier League away games. Only Manchester City (11 wins) and Arsenal (12 wins) have more.
Statistics for Newcastle United and Brighton
When making a prediction for Newcastle United, keep in mind that the team unexpectedly lost two points in the previous round, which significantly complicates its position in the standings. The Magpies have 66 points after 35 rounds, putting them in third place in the championship, with only one point separating them from the leader, Liverpool. So, there is no point in losing the upcoming matches because the team is set to play in the Champions League next season. It should be noted that Callum Wilson has had a fantastic soccer season, with three double-doubles in the last four rounds.
When making a prediction on Brighton, we will consider that the team has a mathematical chance of reaching the league championship zone, but from an objective standpoint, the team is fighting for a place in the Europa League. The Seagulls have 58 points after 34 rounds, but the gap to Tottenham and Aston Villa is only one point. De Dzerby’s team has recently been playing some classy soccer against the majors. For example, they recently defeated Manchester United 1-0, and in the previous round, they eliminated Arsenal’s chances of winning the championship by defeating their opponent 3-0.
- Newcastle won 2-1 at St James’ Park last season, their only victory in the 11 Premier League meetings between the teams.
- Brighton have kept eight clean sheets against Newcastle in the Premier League, more than any other team.
Newcastle United vs Brighton Prediction
The vast majority of Newcastle’s players have never competed in a top-four race. However, they would be well aware of being in high-pressure situations with demands that are very similar to those that come with being relegated. Eddie Howe’s team must approach this crucial match in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park on Friday with a positive attitude.
Brighton’s attacking ferocity serves as their best form of defense. However, the Seagulls’ forward-thinking style creates opportunities and gaps for their opponents to exploit. It will be interesting to see how much energy the visitors have left after their remarkable but physically demanding performance against the Gunners.
Prior to their win in North London, Roberto De Zerbi’s men had lost 3-1 and 5-1 to Nottingham Forest and Everton, respectively. And they may struggle to get back on track given the short turnaround for this midweek match. As a result, The Hard Tackle predicts a close win for the hosts, who will be energized throughout the game by their raucous home crowd. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Newcastle United to win at the odds of 2.05.
Newcastle United vs Brighton Key Player:
Callum Wilson – Callum Wilson has ice in his veins after scoring twice from the penalty spot for the Magpies over the weekend. However, it was not enough to win the game. The England international has now scored 17 Premier League goals this season, the most by a Newcastle player in a single season since Alan Shearer (22) in 2003/04. And, with ten goals in his last ten appearances, we expect the 31-year-old in-form striker to score against Brighton on Friday.