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Match of The Day commentator notes ahead of Newcastle v Brighton plus killer facts

1 year ago
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Ahead of the game tomorrow, Match of The Day commentator Guy Mowbray has been analysing the Newcastle v Brighton match.

With only five games gone, some are already talking of this as a relegation six pointer, eighteenth up against sixteenth.

Some pretty depressing stats for both teams.

Brighton have won only one of their last 14 league matches (D5, L8), failing to score in eight of them, plus they have only managed more than one goal in a game once in these 14 matches. Although only five of those games were under Graham Potter, with a 3-0 win over Watford on the opening day of this season amongst them.

Whilst for the home side, Newcastle have never won a top-flight match against Brighton, drawing two and losing two of four games and scoring just once. The only positive being that it is only these last two seasons when Newcastle have faced Brighton in the top tier of English football. Possession might not be everything but it has to be a concern that far from Steve Bruce’s promise of attacking front foot football, instead Newcastle have averaged 33% possession so far, the lowest figure in this season’s Premier League.

Guy Mowbray states that this is ‘A match to remind us how quickly things change. Just 11 months ago this fixture pitched Rafa Benitez against Chris Hughton, with much local goodwill given to both – until Brighton went home with the points.’

Summing it all up from a Newcastle perspective, the Match of The Day man declares: ‘Different clubs, different league, different pressures now – particularly for Bruce to get his first home win. Quickly.’

Anything but a win will have the alarm bells ringing even louder, with Newcastle already in the relegation zone.

Match of The Day commentator’s notes:

Guy Mowbray:

“A match to remind us how quickly things change.

“Just 11 months ago this fixture pitched Rafa Benitez against Chris Hughton, with much local goodwill given to both – until Brighton went home with the points.

“Judgement on their replacements might be reserved, but it’s maybe worth noting that Newcastle have one more point now than after TEN games last year – despite having already faced three of the ‘big six’.

“Brighton? Same again after five games – won one, drawn two, lost two.

“The only previous meeting of Steve Bruce and Graham Potter came even more recently – Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea in February.

“Different clubs, different league, different pressures now – particularly for Bruce to get his first home win. Quickly.”

Killer Facts:

Newcastle have never won a top-flight match against Brighton, drawing two and losing two of four games and scoring just once.

Those four meetings – all of which have come in the Premier League – have produced a total of four goals, with neither side scoring more than once in a single game.

Newcastle have averaged 33% possession so far, the lowest figure in this season’s Premier League.

Christian Atsu has set up two goals in three Premier League appearances this season – as many assists as in his previous 56 top-flight games.

Brighton have won one of their last 14 league matches (D5, L8), failing to score in eight of them.

During this run they have scored two goals or more on just one occasion – in the 3-0 win at Watford on the opening weekend.

The Seagulls have attempted 1,259 passes in their own half this season, the fifth highest total in the Premier League; they ranked 15th for such passes in 2018-19.

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