Only Eden Hazard has scored more Premier League goals than Glenn Murray this season.

Even at 35 he (Murray) is showing the essential need for a PL club to have a natural goalscorer, capable of getting goals at this level.

Last season he scored 12 of Brighton’s 36 PL goals and this time has five of their nine.

Newcastle United in contrast, are once again waiting to see if anybody can fill this role, Joselu currently top scorer with two of NUFC’s paltry six goals.

Saturday though is when it has surely all got to change, certainly in terms of results.

Even Glenn Murray himself is honest enough to admit that Brighton are very much relying on their home form to keep them in the Premier League.

Newcastle played out a disappointing 0-0 draw with Brighton at St James Park on 30 December 2017.

In the 10 months since, Brighton have only picked up four points from away PL games, three draws in the second half of last season and one so far this time.

In fact the difference between Brighton home and away in the Premier League is staggering since promotion:

Home: P23 W9 D9 L5 – 36 points from a possible 69

Away: P23 W2 D6 L15 – 12 points from a possible 69

This season Brighton have one point from 12 away from home, a last minute (Glenn Murray) draw getting them a draw at Southampton, whilst at home they have beaten Man Utd & West Ham, as well as a draw with Fulham to make it seven points from 12 at the Amex.

We all knew that this was a massive winnable game for Newcastle but these stats simply amplify that further.

Glenn Murray:

“It’s way too early to say it (Newcastle v Brighton) is a key fixture but it’s a fixture we’ll be approaching believing we can get some points out of.

“First and foremost we’ve got to keep our home form going and then build on the back of that.

“If we could rectify the away form then we could climb up the table but our objective is to stay in the Premier League.

“We’ve got to take into consideration the places we’ve been and the fixtures we’ve had.

“We don’t go into a fixture expecting to lose, we always expect to win every fixture but we understand that some are more realistic than others.

“We go into a run of fixtures now where we play teams in and around us so to speak and we’ll be trying to gain some points.”

  • Themoscow72

    Good news Brighton returns have now gone on sale so get to the match and make that area next to the Brighton fans as noisy as possible an extension of Charvers corner and sing your hearts out.

    • Ram Kishore


      • Ron

        Or his twin!

      • Wor Lass

        Have you just noticed, Ram? Keep up, m8!

        • Ram Kishore

          I thought it was Blobbi but Blobbi doesn’t engage in posting how many seats are vacant if I am right.
          Monk is one of those all time optimistic person

          • MrShack66

            Bobbi is Pezza.

          • Wor Lass

            Blobbi is Pezza.

    • grantham mag

      Who do you work for, Lord haw haw

    • Squintytoonarmy

      I might be up this weekend from Glos – bringing my boy to his first game. You still drinking in the Bulls or Chinatown

  • toonterrier

    Its been a disaster for more than ten years. One game wont change it but a change of ownership will.

  • Leazes.

    Boycott Wolves Game!

  • BanJones

    Boycott the Wolves game – where’s the money gone?

  • Mike

    the biggest applause on Sat will be for Chris Houghton