Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has his concerns about Newcastle United tonight.
Despite declaring that Newcastle should have won on Saturday with an ‘absolute onslaught’ on the Bristol City goal in the second-half, Prutton thinks Dwight Gayle’s absence is a major worry.
Enough of a worry for it to make the difference and Brighton to go four points clear on Tuesday night.
David Prutton has predicted a 2-1 home win and was impressed by Brighton’s ‘clinical’ finishing against Reading on Saturday.
However, the 3-0 scoreline was very flattering with Brighton getting their three goals from only five shots on target.
It was actually Reading who dominated possession with 63% of the ball, whilst they only had one corner less (5 v 6) than the south coast team.
With 12 shots to Brighton’s 15, it suggests a pretty even game which was settled by quality in front of goal.
On that front, the likes of Mitrovic and Perez will need to step up on Saturday’s display, if selected.
In contrast to those Brighton v Reading stats, Newcastle failed to win despite dominating the ball (64% possession) and having 20 shots in total, as well as 13 corners.
Key moments will decide tonight’s match and let’s hope it is Newcastle who are fully focused this time and David Prutton is proved wrong.
David Prutton talking to Sky Sports:
“From what I saw of Brighton against a promotion rival on Saturday, they were very, very good.
“Reading had a lot of the ball but Brighton were so clinical. They were decisive and really put them to the sword.
“Chris Hughton’s side go into Tuesday’s match in ridiculously good form and will be full of confidence.
“Newcastle piled the pressure on Bristol City in the second half and it was an absolute onslaught. They should have won that game.
“It’s all set to be a really close match at the Amex but I think Brighton have the edge.
“Their attacking players have been in the goals recently while Newcastle will be missing Dwight Gayle.
“You worry about Newcastle when he’s not in the team.”