Brighton vs Newcastle United
English League Championship
Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
It is the top of the table clash in Championship as Brighton welcome Newcastle United to the stadium on Tuesday night.
The hosts are leading the table, while the visitors are just a point behind them. Both teams have serious threat from Huddersfield on third spot, who are closing in from a 6 point gap.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Arguably, Brighton are the most consistent side in the Championship this season and are a tough team to beat on any given day. With 4 defeats from 33 matches so far this season, the Seagulls recorded the lowest number of defeats.
The 3-0 win against Birmingham on the weekend extended Brighton’s unbeaten run at home to 14 matches. Also, Brighton are the best home team in the league with 42 points from their 17 games, an average of 2.47 points per game. Moreover, they have the best defensive record in home matches after letting in 9 goals.
Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last 8 league games with 6 wins and 2 draws. They were disappointing in the last weekend’s home tie against a relegation threatened Bristol City. The match ended in 2-2 at the final whistle, not before the visitors gave them a good scare.
While Brighton are the best home side, Newcastle are at the top of the away table with 35 points from their 16 games. They tend to be more defensive on away trips than in home games which also makes them the best defensive side on the road. The Magpies let in just 10 goals from the 16 road games, a long way off any other team in the league.
Brighton vs Newcastle: Head-to-head
The Championship clash at St. James Park on 27th August 2016 is only their third meeting in more than 2 decades. The Magpies were on top of their game on that occasion and won comfortably on a 2-0 margin.
The previous two meetings were in FA Cup on 2013 and 2012, both hosted and won by Brighton by 2-0 and 1-0 margins respectively.
Brighton vs Newcastle: Prediction
This has the very making of a knock-out fixture, just because none of them wants to finish at the losing end. A perfect scenario for them will be a draw, however managers can’t set their tactics to play for a draw.
With the priority being points earned than go for an adventurous win, expect the teams to make a cautious start to the match. This indeed bring us to a slow start to the match and a drab first half. Therefore, first half correct score of 0-0 at the odds of 2.70 seems to be the perfect pick for this match.
Meanwhile, Brighton are in a better shape than Newcastle and could definitely edge a win here. An alternative pick is Brighton to win and under 2.5 goals, which is offered at a 4.75.
Brighton vs Newcastle: Bet Tips
First Half Correct Score: 0-0 at 2.70
Full-Time Result: Brighton to win and Under 2.5 goals at 4.75 (15/4).