Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead to Sunday at the Amex Stadium.
The BBC pundit pointing to Brighton (4 points from first 15) ‘have not done anything spectacular’, compared to Newcastle’s ‘three straight wins’, as well as the fact that Rafa’s team beat the south coast team in February as well.
The logical conclusion…’I am actually backing Brighton here’.
Mark Lawrenson has gone for a 2-1 win for Chris Hughton and whilst it is a very difficult match to call, a win for Brighton isn’t suggested by the form.
The feeling amongst the ‘experts’ appears clearly to be that Newcastle’s bubble is going to burst in the very near future, nice if Rafa’s players disappoint them once again.
Certainly, after the results and performances especially the display against Stoke, you would be disappointed with anything less than a draw on Sunday.
I don’t see this Brighton match as any easier or harder than these past three matches/wins and it is all about rising to the challenge once again.
Newcastle clearly aren’t good enough to cruise to a win but with the same workrate/spirit anything is possible.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Newcastle won at the Amex Stadium in February, when both of these clubs were in the Championship.
“The Magpies’ run of form, with three straight wins, would suggest they are going to do same when they return to the south coast on Sunday, but I am actually backing Brighton here.
“The Seagulls have not done anything spectacular so far but that is not a problem, and their manager Chris Hughton is not the type of manager to panic.
“What Hughton will be doing is planning his side’s route through the entire campaign, with the aim of finishing at least one point above the bottom three.
“I hate the phrase ‘must-win’, especially at this stage, but Hughton will know this is a game that his side really need to get something out of if they are going to stay in the top flight.