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Newcastle vs Brighton in the Premier League on Mar 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Newcastle vs Brighton in the Premier League on Mar 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After earning a hugely important win over Brentford, Newcastle have made further progress up the Premier League table and with no loss from their last seven outings, they are now one of the form teams in the division.

While this weekend, they face a team that is currently out of form and with Brighton losing each of their last three Premier League encounters, they will look to end their unwanted run of results on Saturday.

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Match Odds and Over/UnderNewcastle/Under 2.5
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Newcastle To Win And Under 2.5 Total Goals

When looking at all the best betting sites before the weekend, there are a number of key stats that stand out and the most important are the pair that highlight the goals that have been scored by both Newcastle and Brighton.

With their being under 2.5 goals in six of Newcastle’s last seven league outings, this leads us in a certain direction and especially when you add that 14 of Brighton’s last 16 matches have ended in the same outcome.

Which means with Newcastle’s form improving and Brighton’s form going the other way, backing the hosts to win and their being under 2.5 total goals on Saturday comes recommended. Especially at odds of 4/1 with bet365.

Newcastle Form, squad news, opinion

There is no doubt that Newcastle are a team transformed and with them now becoming a team that is not only drawing league outings but winning them as well, things are certainly looking up for the Magpies.

Especially as Newcastle start this weekend’s Premier League action lying 14th in the table and when you consider the struggles that they faced in the first half of this season, the difference is the equivalent change from night to day.

Which means Newcastle are now looking up the table rather than over their shoulders and although the fixture computer has been largely kind to them since the turn of the year, they are going about things in exactly the right way.

Because with the teams in and around the relegation zone all firmly in Newcastle’s sights, they have been largely picked off over the past month or so and this has helped the Magpies’ plight a considerable amount.

Of course, the job is not complete for the season and with many other clubs now dragged into the relegation mix, now is not the time for Eddie Howe and his men to rest on their laurels.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Brighton, it is still the quartet of issues that Eddie Howe was dealing with before and this means the foursome of Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Issac Hayden are still out injured.

Brighton Form, squad news, opinion

After suffering defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, it is now three straight league losses for Brighton and as a consequence of their poor run, the Seagulls now find themselves lying 10th in the Premier League table.

A position that if was offered to manager Graham Potter at the end of the season, is one that would still be gratefully received and if that was to be their standing come May, then it would be a relatively successful campaign.

However, this Brighton side have had their head turned by the prospect of European qualification even just a few weeks ago and after having a small presence at the Premier League’s top tables, they will be disappointed not to get a bigger taste of such desserts.

Then again, there is no doubt that this Brighton side have certainly improved since last season and if there is one thing that cannot be ignored, it is the upward trajectory that the club finds itself thrust upon.

With that said, they have hit something of a rut when it comes to league form and they have also been dumped out of the F.A. Cup in the month of February, which means a win on Tyneside would be largely welcomed on Saturday.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Newcastle, defender Adam Webster has now joined the list of absent players, and this means both he and the pair of Enock Mwepu and Tudor Balata are unavailable for the weekend visit to Tyneside.

History

When it comes to these two teams, their rivalry peaked during the 2016/17 season when both clubs were aiming for promotion out of the EFL Championship and during this campaign, Newcastle won both encounters.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Newcastle have won on 9 occasions, Brighton 12 and there have been 8 draws

About the Venue

When it comes to stadiums in the Premier League, St James’ Park is not necessarily the biggest, but it arguably has the most passionate fans of all and with plans to expand the stadium being rumoured, the roar of the Newcastle crowd could soon become even louder.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

It now seems as if Newcastle are in full flight and if their current form continues, then even a top-half finish at the end of the season is not out of the question. While a look at the Premier League relegation odds would suggest that they are no longer in the trouble they once were.

While when it comes to Brighton, the best they can now hope for, is that same 10th place finish at the end of this season and a win over Newcastle, is something that would help secure such an objective.

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