Brighton Captain Bruno is looking forward to coming to St James Park on Saturday.
He declares ‘The atmosphere at St James Park feels different, it feels special.’
However, he believes that if Brighton start the game well, the home fans could turn on their team.
No real signs of that so far with support solid for Rafa Benitez and his team, the ire aimed exclusively at Mike Ashley.
Not so sure about Bruno claiming that beating Brighton has special meaning for Newcastle’s players and/or fans: ‘We’ve been big rivals with Newcastle since the Championship, so they’ll especially want to take them against us.’
Although to be honest, beating any Premier League club is something we are all desperate to see as soon as possible.
A few days after celebrating his 38th birthday, Bruno led his team to a 1-0 victory at home to West Ham, just before the international break.
That helped to take them to eight points, six ahead of Newcastle, their other stand out result a home victory over Man Utd.
However, only one point from twelve on the road, that coming from a last minute goal at local rivals Southampton.
A massive game for Newcastle as it is the first of 10 games against teams who finished outside the top six last season, a win very much needed as Rafa and his players need a starting point.
Bruno speaking to the official Brighton site:
“Newcastle are going to start the game very fast and we have to try to control the pace.
“Their fans will be behind them, but if they don’t play well, they’re going to be on them.
“Their intensity could be really high, but if we start well, the fans could turn and it’s always tough to play without that confidence. We can take advantage of that.
“It always helps to have your fans closer to you, but the setup at their stadium is quite different. It’s quite similar to the stadia in Spain, such as Villarreal, where the away fans are very high.
“The atmosphere at St James Park feels different, it feels special.
“As a player it’s nice to play there and I’m looking forward to Saturday.
“They’ll expect to take three points as they’re playing at home.
“We’ve been big rivals with Newcastle since the Championship, so they’ll especially want to take them against us.
“It’s always a tough place to visit because of the team’s quality and the atmosphere, but that atmosphere can also go against them if we manage to start the game well.
“I’ve been there a couple of times and it’s always been about the small details – it’s been close in both of the matches I’ve played there.”