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.
“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.”