Live on Sky: Newcastle vs Brighton preview
Watch live on Saturday Night Football from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm. Also watch in-game clips and highlights on skysports.com and Sky Sports app
Last Updated: 20/09/19 4:20pm
Team news, key stats and predictions ahead of Newcastle vs Brighton in the Premier League.
Andy Carroll should be fit enough to make his first appearance for Newcastle since his summer return to the North East, and will likely be joined by Allan Saint-Maximin who has also shaken off a knock. Sean Longstaff is still a week away from recovery, according to Steve Bruce.
Marvin Montoya has recovered from an illness and will be ready to return to the Brighton line-up, with left-back Bernardo having an "outside chance" of joining him in the squad according to Graham Potter. Leon Balogun and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who both returned from international duty nursing minor injuries, should be fit. Leandro Trossard remains injured.
How to watch
Newcastle vs Brighton is live on Saturday Night Football from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
- After winning home and away against Brighton when both sides were promoted from the Championship in 2016-17, Newcastle haven't won any of their Premier League meetings with the Seagulls (D2 L2).
- Only against West Ham (5) do Brighton have a better unbeaten record in the Premier League than they do against Newcastle.
- There have been just four goals scored in the four previous Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Brighton, with neither side scoring more than once in any match.
- Brighton have only lost two of their last 10 league games against Newcastle (W4 D4 L2), with both defeats coming in the 2016-17 Championship season, when the two sides were promoted to the Premier League.
- Brighton have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches (W1 D5 L8), scoring just eight goals and drawing a blank on eight occasions in the process.
- After winning five consecutive home Premier League games between January and March, Newcastle have only mustered one win in their last five at St. James' Park (W1 D1 L3).
- Newcastle have the lowest Expected Goals value in the Premier League this season (3.52), while only Crystal Palace (4) have recorded fewer 'big chances' than the Magpies (5).
- 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.
Charlie Nicholas' prediction
It does not have a glamour tag on it, but I am really interested to see how they will both go about it. Steve Bruce has done a decent job so far and he is trying to ease the tension between him and the fans, who will expect their side to win this match.
It is a golden opportunity for these players to help Bruce slide into a decent position. Joelinton will find his feet, while Miguel Almiron is playing on the edge of games and has been tame at times - it is time for him to fire.
Brighton started the season superbly, but then what has Graham Potter's style been thereafter? Their back three is always consistent in what they give you, but Newcastle will find ways to exploit it.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (22/1 with Sky Bet)