Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United: Championship – Match Preview

The Championship’s top two go head to head on Tuesday evening as Brighton welcome Newcastle United to the Amex.

Brighton thrashed Reading 3-0 on the weekend to return to the top of the division.

Sam Baldock opened the scoring, before second half strikes from Jamie Murphy and Anthony Knockaert completed an easy win.

Newcastle United recovered from two goals down to earn a point at home to a struggling Bristol City.

Ciaran Clark’s late goal rescued a draw, but Newcastle still lost top spot to Tuesday’s opponents.

Championship form: Brighton W3 D2 L0; Newcastle W3 D2 L0
Championship top scorers
Brighton – Glenn Murray 16 goals
Newcastle – Dwight Gayle 20 goals

Team news
Sebastian Pocognoli went off late on in the win over Reading, however should start here.

Gaetan Bong has missed the last 11 matches with a knee injury, while right-back Liam Rosenior is closing in on a return to action after an ankle fracture.

Dwight Gayle could be involved here, but is most likely to be used off the bench.

Mohammed Diame is set to feature further forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the visitors.

Expected starting XI’s
Brighton (4-4-2): Stockdale; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli; Knockaert, Sidwell, Stephens, Murphy; Baldock, Murray
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Colback, Shelvey; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Mitrovic

Predictions

Result: Draw (23/10 with Bet Victor)

Correct Score: 1-1 (23/4 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Glenn Murray (37/19 with 888 Sport)

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