Ahead of the game on Saturday, Match of The Day commentator Guy Mowbray has been analysing the Newcastle v Brighton game.

There are all sorts of positive stats (see below) for Newcastle United when it comes to this fixture.

For starters, Brighton have won none of their last 17 Premier League games, a run that goes back to November 2017.

In addition, it is 26 years since Brighton last even scored a goal at St James Park.

Former boss Chris Hughton has failed to win any match at St James Park since being sacked by Mike Ashley back in 2010.

However, as Guy Mowbray points out, this is indeed ‘huge for winless Newcastle’, with only two points from eight games.

That is the worst return of any top flight start to the season in NUFC’s entire 126 year history.

As for top flight clubs losing their home games, only three clubs have previously lost their first five. If Newcastle did lose tomorrow, they would at least be in illustrious company, Man Utd managing it in 1930/31.

Bottom line in this present day though, as the Match of The Day man says, is that a win for Newcastle after tough opening fixtures would let them start looking upwards again.

Lose? It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Match of The Day commentator’s notes:

Guy Mowbray:

“This is huge for winless Newcastle.

“Finally take three points, and they can reflect on tough early fixtures whilst looking ahead with optimism.

“Lose, and a rotten mood could be paired with the smell of a rot setting in.

“They must start with the same verve that took them into a two-goal lead at Manchester United, and then keep the momentum that went against them there.

“Brighton can be cooler with their approach, in accordance with Chris Hughton’s sanguine take on their poor away record.

“Beneath the calm exterior though, there’ll surely be a strong desire to get one over the owner of the club he led back to the Premier League before being sacked far too soon afterwards.”

Killer Facts:

Newcastle have won only two of their past 10 league and cup matches against Brighton (D3, L5).

However, Brighton have only scored once in their last five league away fixtures at Newcastle, which came in a 1-0 second tier win in March 1992.

Newcastle’s tally of two points is their lowest after eight games of a top-flight campaign.

They failed to win any of their opening 10 fixtures in 1898-99 but had three points after eight games.

Only three teams in English top-flight history have lost their first five home league games of a season: Manchester United in 1930-31, Portsmouth in 2009-10 and Bolton in 2011-12.

Newcastle have won only one of their last 14 fixtures in all competitions (D2, L11).

Brighton are winless in their last 17 away league games, scoring just seven goals during that run.

Chris Hughton is yet to win at St. James’ Park as an away manager in four attempts (D1, L3). He was Newcastle boss between October 2009 and December 2010.