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4-4-1-1: If Benitez picks this Newcastle XI, Brighton won’t know what hit them

Newcastle United fans have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks following their side’s upturn in form.

The Magpies lost their opening two Premier League games upon return to the top-flight to suggest that they had a testing season ahead of them, but they have responded with crucial victories over West Ham, Swansea City, and more recently Stoke City.

Goals from Christian Atsu and Jamaal Lascelles secured the three points for Rafa Benitez’s men last weekend to propel them up to fourth in the division, and they will thus take great confidence into their trip to Brighton on Sunday.

The Seagulls have struggled since their promotion to the Premier League by winning just one of their opening five matches, and went down 2-1 at South Coast rivals Bournemouth on Friday to leave them 16th in the division, and already looking over their shoulder.

Nonetheless, Chris Hughton’s men won their last match at the AMEX Stadium 3-1 against West Brom, and themselves with go into Sunday’s encounter confident that they can secure a second league win of the campaign.

However, Newcastle will go in as favourites following their fine run of form, and if Benitez selects this starting XI, Brighton won’t know what hit them…


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