Premier League football returns after another international break. Last week’s break from club football saw Gareth Southgate’s England defeat Spain 3-2, ending Spain’s 15-year unbeaten run at home.
Some good footballing news over the last week, as well as a break from domestic football, might be exactly what Newcastle fans would have wanted after a rough start to the season. Magpies’ fans can only begin to hope that this break will have been productive for the Newcastle camp and that they can find a way to turn their form around.
I think it’s fair to say the less said about Newcastle’s last game the better, so I’ll keep my assessment brief. Newcastle started their game against Manchester United on the front foot; creating chances and finding themselves 2-0 up after just 10 minutes. However, in the second half the game turned on its head.
Mourinho’s side began to take the front foot and ended eventual winners after Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all bagged within the last 20 minutes. A game that might’ve finally ended Newcastle’s winless run finished in disappointment for the Magpies.
This weekend Newcastle return to St. James’ Park to take on Brighton.
Brighton have made a fairly positive start to the year, sitting in 13th in the league after 8 games. Last time out Brighton welcomed West Ham to the Amex Stadium and came out with a 1-0 win. Beram Kayal’s cross found Glenn Murray who gave Brighton the lead in the 25th minute with a close-range finish. Pedro Obiang, Fabio Balbuena and Marko Arnautovic all missed chances for the visitors meaning Brighton held on to a hard fought 1-0 win.
If Newcastle fail to win this weekend, they will have gone almost about a quarter of a season without a win… just let that sink in for a second. Having still not managed a win this season, this weekend’s game against Brighton will be seen as a real ‘6-pointer’ for Newcastle as they need to begin to turn things around. With all respect to Brighton and Chris Hughton for their start to the season, many football fans and pundits will have predicted Brighton to get relegated this season. With this in mind, Newcastle fans will be desperate to see their side win this weekend or else panic may begin to set in.
Newcastle United predicted line-up: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy; Muto, Joselu.
Brighton predicted line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal, March, Jahanbakhsh; Murray, Locadia.
Predicted final score: Newcastle 2-1 Brighton