Kick-off: 1730, 27/04/2019
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Brighton vs Newcastle
Brighton have looked understandably edgy during their current relegation battle and Newcastle could capitalise on those nerves at Amex Stadium.
The Magpies will travel to Sussex in great spirits following back-to-back wins over Leicester away and Newcastle at home, with Ayoze Perez in sparkling form up front.
Punters can get 5/2 for United to complete a trio of victories and that is hard to resist for our opening Brighton vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
To be fair, Brighton did battle hard for a goalless draw at Wolves and came within a couple of minutes of clinging on for another 0-0 stalemate at Tottenham on Tuesday.
However, Christian Eriksen’s fine late strike left Chris Hughton feeling heartbroken.
“The longer it went on, I thought we were going to hold out,” said the manager. “If we managed the game a little bit better at the end, we would have got the result we wanted.
“We’re in a pressurised position but it is only us that have put us there. We need to take whatever we can from these last two performances and they have been ‘better feel’ performances for us.”
Albion have answered questions about their heart, which arose after losing 5-0 to Bournemouth and 2-0 to Cardiff at this venue.
Even so, the Seagulls have now gone seven games without scoring a single goal and that has to make them vulnerable again here.
Looking at the Brighton vs Newcastle odds, we like 13/2 for a draw at half-time and then the Magpies to prevail.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Bernardo, Stephens, Bissouma, Gross, Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh.
Brighton have Anthony Knockaert available after the winger completed his three-match ban. Holland midfielder Davy Propper remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle crashed through the magical 40-point marker thanks to a 1-0 triumph at Leicester and a 3-1 home win over Southampton.
Perez scored all four goals against those in-form teams, to make it seven victories in 13 games since mid-January, with Manchester City the most notable scalp.
The 25-year-old Spaniard insists United will not rest on their laurels, despite climbing up to 13th place.
He told NUFC TV: “We need to have the ambition to go into the next game and fight for the three points; knowing that getting them, we’re going to be in an even better position.
“That’s the way we have to think. There are three to go, not long now. The main job is done, but we have to have the ambition to keep climbing.”
Losing record signing Miguel Almiron to a hamstring injury is a blow, but we still feel 27/20 for the Magpies in the ‘draw no bet’ market is worth adding to our Brighton vs Newcastle betting tips.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ki, Ritchie, Hayden, Almiron, Rondon, Perez.
Newcastle will be without skipper Jamaal Lascelles after he was laid low by illness. The central defender joins Almiron, Florian Lejeune (knee) and Sean Longstaff (knee) on the sidelines.
Tottenham 1-0 BRIGHTON
NEWCASTLE 3-1 Southampton – Ayoze Perez (3)
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-1 Brighton, Newcastle 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 Newcastle, Brighton 1-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-0 Brighton
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