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Charlie Nicholas predicts Steve Bruce will ‘Slide into a decent position’

1 year ago
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Charlie Nicholas has been looking ahead to Saturday’s match at St James Park.

Two clubs expected to be amongst those fighting it out at the bottom.

Can either of them prove they are better than that and will Saturday be the start of doing so?

Charlie Nicholas says Newcastle v Brighton doesn’t have the ‘glamour tag’ attached to it but he’s ‘really interested to see how they will both go about it.’

Brighton currently are two places and one point better off than Newcastle who are now back in the relegation zone.

The two managers have had very different approaches this season.

Graham Potter has Brighton playing much more adventurous pressing football than they did under Chris Hughton. In their six games (all competitions) they have had an average of 56% possession and indeed only the Manchester City away game saw Brighton not having more of the ball and even then they had a very respectable 46% (all stats via BBC Sport).

In contrast, whilst Steve Bruce promised exciting attacking ‘front foot’ football, instead the reality has been very negative football with Newcastle tending to defend very deep. Not a single game have Newcastle had the majority of possession and in their six games, have averaged only 33%.

However, Charlie Nicholas thinks ‘Steve Bruce has done a decent job so far’ and that Mike Ashley’s Head Coach will now deliver on Saturday.

The Sky Sports pundit stating: ‘It is a golden opportunity for these players to help Bruce slide into a decent position.’

Charlie Nicholas believes this game will see ‘Joelinton find his feet’, whilst he thinks it is time for Almiron to step it up.

On the hand he questions Brighton’s style under the new manager and thinks Newcastle will find ways to ‘exploit’ the visiting defence.

Here’s hoping that Charlie Nicholas is right on this occasion as Newcastle fans haven’t seen much ‘exploiting’ so far, apart from Mike Ashley that is…

Charlie Nicholas predicts a game with plenty of goals and goes for a 3-1 home win.

I’m confident of goals as well because Brighton’s attacking pressing style will give both sides a chance of goals, as Newcastle will have space on the break and have a chance of chances and goals despite Bruce’s negative tactics.

As for which side can get more of the goals, Newcastle really need the whole team to step up and show that they have goals in them.

Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:

“It does not have a glamour tag on it, but I am really interested to see how they will both go about it.

Steve Bruce has done a decent job so far and he is trying to ease the tension between him and the fans, who will expect their side to win this match.

“It is a golden opportunity for these players to help Bruce slide into a decent position.

Joelinton will find his feet, while Miguel Almiron is playing on the edge of games and has been tame at times – it is time for him to fire.

“Brighton started the season superbly, but then what has Graham Potter’s style been thereafter?

“Their back three is always consistent in what they give you, but Newcastle will find ways to exploit it.

“Prediction is Newcastle 3 Brighton 1.”

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