Newcastle takes on Brighton at the St. James Park on September 21, 2019.

“Soccer" Newcastle United

Newcastle United is one of England’s most consistent football clubs and they have the 9th most trophies won among English Football clubs. The Magpies have spent 86 years of their history playing in the Top Flight and they have won a total of four League titles, six FA Cups, one Charity Shield, one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and a UEFA Intertoto Cup.

After winning the Championship in 2017, Newcastle United finished 10th in the Premier League in their first year back in the top flight. In 2018, they placed 13th and barely avoided relegation. The club hired Steve Bruce in July 2019 and they finished third in this preseason’s  2019 Premier League Asia Trophy.

Newcastle ranks 13th in the Premier League in Goal Difference at -2 goals. They have scored only three goals for far this season and that puts them at 18th in the league. Newcastle has allowed five goals in four matches played, putting them at 7th in the Premier League. All of their three goals scored were assisted.

Joelinton, Fabian Schar, and Jonjo Shelvey have scored Newcastle’s three goals this season. Meanwhile, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu, and Sean Longstaff have provided the assists for the club’s three goals. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has a total of 11 saves and 5 goals conceded in four appearances.

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Brighton & Hove Albion


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“Soccer" Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

The Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club was founded in 1901 and the Seagulls played their early years in the Southern League before their entry to the Football League in 1920. From 1979 to 1983, they enjoyed considerable success while playing in the First Division and even made it to the 1983 FA Cup Final.

However, this club sank to the 4th division during the 1990s. They regrouped and earned successive promotions in the early 2000s and then after a second-place finish in the EFL Championship in 2017, they earned their way back to the Premier League after a 34-year absence.  They finished 15th in their first season back but were nearly relegated the last time out after a 17th place finish. Chris Hughton was sacked and he was replaced by Graham Potter who is tasked of keeping Brighton in the top flight.

Florin Andone, Neal Murray, and Leandro Trossard have found the back of the net and are in goal-scoring form early in the season. Meanwhile, Lewis Dunk and Davy Propper have assisted for Brighton. Goalkeeper Matthew Ryan has conceded three goals with seven saves this season.

Brighton is tied for 5th in Goal Difference this season. They also have scored a total of four goals which puts them in 7th spot and their total of 2 assists this season ranks 11th. On the defensive side, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club has conceded just three goals for a tie of 5th place.

“Soccer" Who Wins?

Newcastle United is currently ranked 14th in the EPL standings with a 1-1-2 record. They opened the season with back to back losses to Arsenal and Norwich City. In their third match, New Castle defeated Tottenham and then in their last outing, they were held to a 1-1 draw against Watford. They enter this match as the soccer betting favorites to beat Brighton.

Brighton has a record of 1-1-2 SU and they are in 16th place right now. They opened the year with a 3-0 win over Watford but have since not won a match. The drew with West Ham United, lost to Southampton and got drubbed by Manchester City. Brighton has not scored a goal in its last two matches and they have lost both games by an aggregate score of 0-6.

Head to head, these teams have played each other in a total of 8 matches. Brighton has won four of those with Newcastle winning twice and the two of them figuring in a draw in two other occasions. These teams played to a 1-1 draw during their last encounter on April 27, 2019. Both these teams are off to a slow start but Brighton is on the ropes right now with back to back scoreless matches. Newcastle isn’t a prolific scoring team as well and they too aren’t playing too well right now. I like Newcastle here but I will not say no to a draw as well. Prediction: Draw

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