Newcastle United come off the back of a 100% record so far in the 2020/21 season, first beating David Moyes’ West Ham United 2-0 away from home at London Stadium in the Premier League and then beating Championship club Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at St James’ Park in the Carabao Cup second round.
The visitors to the northeast this time are Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion, who themselves come off the back of a rather convincing 4-0 home win at the Amex Stadium against League One club Portsmouth.
Where will Newcastle finish in the Premier League?
7th - 10th
Nonetheless, the Tynesiders will be looking to bag another three points and thus maintain their perfect start to the season so far. However, to do this they will have to play without Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka, Matty Longstaff and Paul Dummett, who all remain on the sidelines through various injury woes (via BBC).
Steve Bruce went with a trusted 4-4-2 system against the Hammers and the Rovers but he may well switch to a 4-3-3 formation for the match against the Seagulls to accommodate a lot of new faces from the team that played Blackburn.
With nine changes in all, only Javier Manquillo and Ryan Fraser may keep their places from that side, with the rest making up the bulk of the team that started against West Ham:
Andy Carroll would be the player to make way from the team that beat West Ham as Bruce may decide to pack the midfield given Brighton’s passing style of play.
If the Toon were to come out of the game with all three points, then Saint-Maximin could well have a major say in the outcome, having provided four goals and six assists during his first season at the club.
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