These teams both had a successful time last season, with Newcastle United surpassing expectations by landing fourth place and also reaching the EFL Cup final. Eddie Howe’s side recorded 71 points although the Magpies have hit a few early bumps in the road and last weekend’s setback against Liverpool will have hurt considering the circumstances.

Newcastle enjoyed a thrilling 5-1 win over Aston Villa at the beginning of the season and they clearly have enough quality to secure a victory at the AMEX, with Sandro Tonali and Anthony Gordon having both made excellent contributions so far, although this is the latest of a difficult opening run of fixtures for a side who will be making their Champions League bow soon.

Brighton were able to land sixth place last season and began the current campaign like a house on fire. The Seagulls claimed a 4-1 win over Luton before achieving the same scoreline at Molineux, although West Ham were able to execute the perfect game plan against them last weekend, leaving Roberto De Zerbi with food for thought.

Namely as to whether to continue with James Milner in the right-back position considering that the Hammers were successfully able to target this side of the pitch, although Brighton averaged two goals per home game last term and will surely create chances of their own. We are anticipating a fairly high-scoring encounter although Newcastle might just have the edge.


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