Newcastle fans are having plenty to say about the game tonight but what about Brighton fans.
The home supporters tonight see one big advantage, the events of Saturday gone.
Newcastle looked guaranteed to go in tonight still at the top of the table but the draw with Bristol City changed that.
The Brighton fans see that change in fortunes as a game changer in terms of relaxing their players (and fans) and potentially helping them in tonight’s game.
They certainly seem to see Jonjo Shelvey as the biggest threat, particularly in the absence of Dwight Gayle, the Ameobi brothers also getting an honourable mention..
Maybe the most positive thing though is that generally, Brighton fans appear just as edgy as their Newcastle counterparts!
Brighton fans comments via their top North Stand message board:
‘Interesting stat from CH’s press conference – we’ve got 100 points from our last 46 games.’
‘Just a LARDY Spanish CLOWN.’
‘I think his (Rafa’s) post match comments will be more interesting as they fall to 4 points behind us.’
‘Newcastle’s away record is very impressive to be fair – won 11, drawn 2, lost 3.’
‘It really is very, very impressive, though it is worth noting that they have only played ONE of the top six (away) so far.’
‘And our home record is very impressive
13 W 3D 1L
Should be fascinating and nervous.’
‘Good point. Should be a great game, which means it will be dull and dreadful obviously.’
‘Stats say a draw is now due as both teams strong but if we score first then we can hold them.
Just hope that A – We play without any fear and B – we don’t show them too much respect.’
‘I have been talking to quite a few Newcastle supporters about this one. Most are quite nervous and would happily take draw.’
‘Brighton have won 18 out of 18 games in which they’ve scored first.’
‘Anyone else hear that fat drunken scouse oaf Micky Quinn on Talksport this morning?
Apparently we are tailor made for Newcastle tonight and he is confident of a win for them. Apart from to announce who Newcastle’s opponents are tonight they didn’t even mention BHA.
They even read it out as ‘Newcastle v Brighton.’ Normally doesn’t bother me but…’
‘Pleased this game is midweek sandwiched as part of a run of four games in 11 days. It helps avoid building it up too much and reduces the significance of what is after all just one of 46 games.
We could lose tonight, and still be ahead of Toon on Saturday if Huddersfield beat them and we do business at Forest. For that reason, I am looking forward to it without nervousness. The win on Saturday took pressure off tonight.’
‘So true. I was really nervous about the two games, but after the win on Saturday I’m just looking forward to tonight as much as a kid on Christmas Eve – I got so little sleep last night!
And with Huddersfield playing Newcastle on Saturday, it’s not even a disaster if we end up losing tonight.’
‘I do get the feeling some posters are a little over confident about this one after Saturday.
I see it being very tight and probably ending in a draw myself but there is a fair chance we COULD lose to the side with the best away record of course.
Saturday was huge. I’ll be glad when this one is out the way. If Derby continue their slump by the time we play them the last 5 home games look kind.’
‘Interesting that Rafa had earmarked April as the most crucial month. I’d say for the Albion that the next couple of weeks are the most crucial. If and it’s a reasonably sized IF, we win tonight, we then have three games that we would hope to secure maximum points. Within 10 days we could be sititng on 83 points with 9 games to go.
The odds will be heavily against us achieving that, but given the speed with the next few fixtures are coming we have it within our grasp to really put the pressure on Newcastle and Huddersfield. Whilst I would not say no to a draw this evening I’d be quite happy if the team really went for it and really put out a statement.
This is a very exciting opportunity indeed. The keys for us today will be Sidwell and Stephens disrupting Shelvey who seems to do most his devasting work from deep. Got the feeling Dunk and Duffy will be kept very busy too.
Absolutely buzzing for this one, I think it will be a doozy with both teams trading punches for the knockout, anyone putting money on 0-0 good luck.’
‘Best away record against best home record etc etc……yes its going to be tight hopefully up until the final whistle..midfield will be where this battle will be won and lost.’
‘Genuinely excited about tonight and if anyone is any doubt how big this game actually is – I’m reliably informed by an Austrian friend that this game got mentioned on Austrian TV news last night.’
‘I reckon Baldock will be instructed to buzz around Shelvey like a wasp near a bin.’
‘I am concerned about the ref.
Not because he’s a Huddersfield supporter but because he is from the Premier League and will therefore know the Newcastle players but not ours.
We have all seen how Premier League refs seem to favour PL teams in cup matches, giving them the benefit of the doubt in 50/50s etc, and I fear the same will happen tonight.’
‘Should be a really good, exciting, close game. 4-0.’
‘Albion to win 3-2.
Geordie Shore! Bank bank bank…
Geordie Shore! Bank bank bank.
(Family Stand version)’
‘I’ve noticed that there’s comparatively little coverage of us on the radio networks.
They’re forever banging on about Newcastle, Leeds and even Huddersfield. To be honest, I quite like it. Slip under the radar (as much as a Championship leading club can, obviously)…’
‘Decent ref I think but a stupid choice. Why do they open themselves up to criticism with appointments like this?
If he contentiously sends off a Newcastle player who’ll then be suspended against Huddersfield, their fans will be up in arms – and understandably so.’
‘The FA have already agreed that any red cards against Newcastle will be overturned. The ref will have to go for 2 yellows to get away with it.’
‘You say that, but actually yellow cards CAN be appealed – though only for a case of mistaken identity.
Thus Shelvey’s second yellow will be rescinded and correctly attributed to Karl Darlow or Christian Atsu.’
‘We are boiling up nicely and they will at least come to play unlike most so with our home form being rock solid.
I’m going 3-1, without Gayle they are a bit paceless upfront d and d will much prefer the mitro battle I’m sure.’
‘3-0 let’s show them who the real daddies of this league are by turning over the goal difference as well!’
‘Stop Voldemort running the game and we’ll win 2 – 1.’
‘I’ve gone for a 3-2 win, but not convinced. a draw would be fine. Shelvey worries me – a good game by him and he could run the game.’
‘Someone needs to nail one on Shelvey the first time he touches the ball.’
‘It’s a pity they haven’t got the Ameobi brothers on the bench or playing any more.’
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