Newcastle v Brighton on Saturday, a match that I’m very looking forward to – despite the crunching below on Thursday when finding out both Gayle and Mitrovic will miss.

Chris Hughton and many of his players have also expressed similar sentiments, looking forward to stepping out in what could prove to be a big promotion six pointer, in front of fifty thousand in the stands.

Funnily enough though, the Brighton fans don’t feel quite the same, with still a significant number of their 2,250 ticket allocation remaining unsold.

Yes it is a long way but with a Saturday kick-off and it being 24 years since they visited for a league fixture, you would have thought they would have travelled in numbers.

Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal is the latest to express how much he is looking forward to the game.

Talking of ‘a massive’ match, visiting a ‘massive club’ and ‘massive fans’ – hopefully talking about the numbers of fans rather than average shirt size…

I looked at this game as the season really starting, Rafa having his team getting into the kind of shape he wants it, up against one of the very likely challengers for promotion.

Like the other oppositions so far this season, no doubt Brighton will be well up for it but with three wins in a row, Newcastle need to keep driving that momentum – I am looking forward to it as much as Beram Kayal.

Beram Kayal talking to the West Sussex County Times:

“I think it’s going to be one of our biggest games. We need to be ready, focused and know our strengths.

“We go into it with a lot of confidence, we respect Newcastle and know they have big players and a big manager with a lot of experience but we are going to do a job.

“It’s going to be massive. I have heard a lot about this stadium. It’s a massive club, massive fans, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere, great experience for all of us and hopefully we will go to them and get the result we want.

“It’s not going to be easy but professional players love the challenge against these teams. We have done everything this week in preparation to be ready.”

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