Newcastle host Brighton in Saturday’s late kick-off with both sides in need of a win to kick-start their seasons.
Newcastle go into this weekend’s Premier League fixtures in 18th with Brighton just a point above them.
The Toon lost 3-1 at Liverpool last Saturday while the Seagulls drew at home to Burnley.
Both will be eager to claim just their second wins of the campaign when they face off at St James’ Park.
talkSPORT will be in attendance to bring you all the top-flight action.
Newcastle vs Brighton: How to listen
The Premier League clash will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 21.
Full commentary from St James’ Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 5:15pm.
Laura Woods will bring you all the build-up from the northeast before handing over to Nigel Adderley and Trevor Sinclair for live and exclusive commentary.
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Newcastle vs Brighton: What has been said?
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce: “They’re totally different under their new manager to what they were, certainly the playing style.
“They’re probably going through that transition. They had a wonderful start when they won 3-0 away from home and they’re a bit different under the new manager – they’re possession-based.
“We’re up against a very decent side but it’s a big opportunity for ourselves too.”
Brighton manager Graham Potter: “The boys are open-minded to being flexible and adaptable and they all want to take that challenge on.
“We will continue to work on the balance, because football is about that – there is no point in solely defending and not attacking, or the other way around.
“We just want to carry on, to improve and get better, but also understanding the quality which you face in the Premier League.”
Newcastle vs Brighton: Match stats
- Brighton have only lost two of their last 10 league games against Newcastle, with both defeats coming in the 2016-17 Championship season, when the two sides were both promoted to the Premier League.
- Brighton have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches, scoring just eight goals and drawing a blank on eight occasions in the process.
- After winning five consecutive home league games between January and March, Newcastle have only mustered one win in their last five at St. James’ Park.
- Newcastle have the lowest Expected Goals value in the Premier League this season, while only Crystal Palace have recorded fewer ‘big chances’ than the Magpies.
- Brighton striker Neal Maupay has netted seven goals in his last 11 league games after failing to score in the five before that.
- Pascal Gross has created 148 goalscoring chances in the league, 80 more than any other Brighton player in the competition’s history. Indeed, only Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Kevin De Bruyne have created more chances since Gross’ debut in August 2017.
- Steve Bruce is looking to avoid becoming only the second Newcastle manager to fail to win his opening three Premier League games at St. James’ Park after Steve McClaren.
Newcastle vs Brighton: Team news
Andy Carroll could make his second debut for Newcastle as he’s named on the bench for the first time since his summer return to St James’ Park. He is joined among the substitutes by Allan Saint-Maximin, who is not risked from the start after missing Newcastle’s past two matches with a thigh injury.
Brighton have made three changes for the match, with Steven Alzate coming in to make his first ever Premier League appearance. Graham Potter has also handed starts to Martin Montoya and Aaron Mooy.
Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems, Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Joelinton
Subs: Ki, Carroll, Saint-Maximin, Muto, Krafth, Fernandez, Darlow
Brighton XI: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Webster, Burn, Propper, Stephens, Mooy, Gross, Maupay, Alzate
Subs: Bong, Duffy, Bissouma, Murray, Button, Baluta, Connolly
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