Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Newcastle United to the AMEX Stadium as Graham Potter’s Seagulls look to continue their top five challenge.
Should Manchester United and Wolves both slip up earlier on Saturday, Brighton can climb to fifth with a win.
Newcastle meanwhile could move to within three points of safety with victory but would stay second-bottom.
Dan Burn is a doubt for Brighton as he continues to struggle with a knee injury but will face a late fitness test.
Taylor Richards (back) and Aaron Connolly (heel) are also set to be in contention but Steven Alzate (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (hamstring) remain ruled out.
Newcastle could welcome Freddie Woodman back from a muscle injury if he is deemed fully match fit.
Paul Dummett remains absent with a calf injury.
- Brighton are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Newcastle (W4, D4).
- Newcastle have claimed just two points from their last four visits to Brighton (D2, L2).
- Neal Maupay netted three goals across Brighton’s two wins over Newcastle last season, in which Graham Potter’s Seagulls won 3-0 in both matches.
- Eight different Brighton players have provided assists in the Premier League this season, with only Pascal Gross producing two assists.
- Newcastle are yet to make any last-man tackles this season.
Having endured three tricky fixtures in the last fortnight across all competitions, Brighton can come into this game confident despite losing two of those games because they have demonstrated their improved ability with goals in all three matches.
Graham Potter though will be more pleased with how his Seagulls fought back to snatch a draw at Liverpool last weekend, despite shaky defending which saw them go two goals down but they showed spirit to stay in the match and eventually finish on top which is a huge morale boost for the team.
Newcastle meanwhile did a fantastic job of holding Chelsea for the opening hour but were just simply outplayed throughout with wasted chances, whilst a lost focus in man marking proved costly so I expect an improved performance here but Brighton are the Magpies’ hoodoo opposition.
Much of this match therefore feels like it could boil down to whether Brighton are clinical enough because I can see Newcastle going defensive on the counter-attack, although both teams can be leaky in defence so expect goals but I am going for a home win.
Prediction: Brighton 2-1 Newcastle
Result: Brighton 1-1 Newcastle