Mick Quinn has been taking a look at Brighton v Newcastle and thinks a ‘statement’ of intent is needed.

He thinks his old club have to ‘say to the likes of Huddersfield, that they (Newcastle) are going to win this league’.

Mick Quinn thinks Brighton would settle for a draw before a ball is kicked at the Amex but believes ‘Newcastle have to win’, in order to send out that message/statement.

With by far the best away form in the Championship, Quinny believes this game at Brighton is ‘tailor-made’ for Newcastle.

Whilst he acknowledges Dwight Gayle is a big miss, the player turned presenter still thinks Newcastle are ‘the best team in that division and good enough to go up as champions.

Though he does admit these three away matches are going to be ‘big testers’.

Mick Quinn speaking on Talksport:

“Newcastle United should be going up as champions but their form is just wavering in recent weeks

“They haven’t looked the force they were after the opening two defeats, when they went on a fantastic run, scoring goals left, right and centre – blew most of the teams away.

“No Dwight Gayle, he’s a huge loss,

“Mitrovic is not really banging in the goals…I still think they are the best team in that division and good enough to go up as champions but they are going to be tested in these next three away games. Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading – these three are going be real testers for them.

“They have got to see this last third of the season through, they’ve worked incredibly hard to be in that top two most of the season – to be in a position now to go up as champions, or just go up into the Premier League, they can’t blow it now.

“I think Rafa Benitez is a cool calm head and he will tell them they have to see it through now.”

Would both sides take a point tonight?

“I think Brighton certainly would but I think Newcastle have to win, I really do, send out a statement.

“Go back to the top of the league and say to the likes of Huddersfield, that they are going to win this league.

“I fancy them (to beat Brighton), quietly, quietly, I’m not shouting the odds the way they are playing at the moment – but their away form is unbelievable in this division and it is tailor-made for them tonight."