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It’s A Massive Club With Massive Fans – It Will Not Be Easy

9:02 am, Saturday, August 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

28 year-old Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal seems to be looking forward to the game tonight at Newcastle and he certainly thinks it’s going to be a massive game for Brighton.

The 30 times capped Israeli International joined the south coast club 18 months ago from Celtic, after playing at the Scottish giants for five years.

Beram Kayal

Beram Kayal – it’s going to be a massive game tonight

This is what the skillful central midfielder has said in the West Sussex County Times in anticipation of the tough game on Tyneside tonight:

“I think it’s going to be one of our biggest games. We need to be ready, focused and know our strengths.”

“We go into it with a lot of confidence, we respect Newcastle and know they have big players and a big manager with a lot of experience, but we are going to do a job.”

“It’s going to be massive. I have heard a lot about this stadium. It’s a massive club, massive fans, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere, great experience for all of us and hopefully we will go to them and get the result we want.”

“It’s not going to be easy, but professional players love the challenge against these teams.”  “We have done everything this week in preparation to be ready.”

It’s an important game for Newcastle and if we can win it we will have won four games in a row before the two week International break – after surprisingly losing the first two games in the Championship.

But if we lose it that will be the third defeat in the first five league games and that wouldn’t be good.

So the result is important tonight.

If we win it will take us above Brighton in the league and at the moment they are second top.

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35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    What are peoples thoughts for tonight? Have we got our act together enough to win?

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Genia saved a try with that intercept

  • 3 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Brighton are the biggest problem for us in the league for me but we should still be able to beat them if we are to the level we should be at

    Whether we do is another matter, I’d say draw or loss at this stage but it’s fine margins

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:12 AM


    I’d take the draw, even at home. As long as we keep gaining points until we settle down I think we will be fine

  • 5 reilly // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:14 AM


  • 6 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Paradoxically Brighton are one of the more adroit sides in the Cship which should suit us better.

    A bit less of the normal 100 mph bish bosh that was in evidence in the Burton v Derby game last night

  • 7 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Aye I’d agree, though I think if we get 5/6 points from our next 3 games we will walk this league and be comfortably ahead

    But if we don’t not the end of the world we need to settle and that takes time

  • 8 toon kk // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Imo Brighton will show us how to play football tonight, hope I’m proven wrong but without Gayle we’ll struggle to score.we have a lot of new players which haven’t gelled enough yet. They’re a proven quality championship side that know how to play well under Chris.
    Fingers crossed though.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:19 AM


    Be happy with a draw this evening mate.

  • 10 expatmag // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:23 AM


    I dont think anyone is hoing to walk this league. Too many teams more than capable of causing upsets and taking points off each other.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    If Gayle, Mitrovic and Aarons were playing, I would have gone for a slight win but I think it’s going to be one of those games, hope I’m proved wrong and that we can cope without those three players, we have got the squad but tonight they need to prove they are up for the fight.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Am hoping to walk the league, we are very capable of doing so

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    What’s the latest score, is New Zealand 30 points ahead yet.

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Try saving interception and a massive goal kick has kept aus in this. Still think it will go south after half time

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    15-9 Welsh

  • 16 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM


    Not sure we will walk it, but i do think we will get automatic promotion.

  • 17 Slank // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Brighton are probably the best side in the Championship and were unlucky not to get promoted.

    As Jib has said they are not your normal ‘blood and thunder’ Championship side. In some respects this may suit us as many of our players are probably more used to their Premiership style of play than the physical bruising encounters of lesser Championship sides.

    I’m going for a draw but it could easily go either way.

    I hope Darlow keeps his place but Rafa may revert to type and play ‘his’ players. Sels does not inspire me (and possibly his team mates) with confidence.

    It will be interesting to see whether Rafa selects Rivière being the nearest thing to Mitrovich. If he doesn’t then it’s curtains for him.

  • 18 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:34 AM

  • 19 stuart no9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Our lack of goal scoring options worry me very much. That’s why a prediction of 1-2 comes from me

  • 20 Slank // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:37 AM


    I don’t see us walking it.

    I think we have a 50/50 chance of promotion as it will take quite a few games for Rafa to decide on his team and for that team to really gell.

    At the moment we have small nucleus of players who have played together which isn’t near enough to win games on a regular basis.

  • 21 Ian Toon // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Sorry it’s a yes but!They lost 2-0 at Sheff Wed in first leg of semi Final play off. Pressure got to them having led league for much of season.

    Suggests 52,000 crowd will help cause.

  • 22 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Oh no I don’t think we will walk the league just yet but our next 3 are against the big hitters in the league and if we get a run going through them I don’t see many being able to stop us

    Surely if Rafa was going to select Rivi it’d of been while Mitro was suspended?

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Argentinas “home” game v Aus is being played at Twickenham. Guess they can’t make enough money in Argentina.

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    I can see in the next month if RAFA gets his signings in before the transfer window closes – the TOON fielding a team playing with ‘HIS’ players

  • 25 Ian Toon // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Not sure you should be deciding the outcome of the Championship already. You’ll be saying its a 6 pointer next.!

  • 26 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    We have more than a 50/50 chance of going up make, the odds alone tell u that

    If we don’t go up it’ll our fault I don’t see a stronger team than us in the league

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:46 AM


    No one is “deciding” anything. What are you on about?

  • 28 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Theres so much negativity about the Brighton result which I just don’t understand. They are playing away from home and Perez is in scoring form. They will be more nervous than us.
    anita mbemba lascelles dummet
    Ritchie shelvey colback diame
    riviere perez
    That should be good enough to comfortably win

  • 29 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    What a great try. 😮 out of nowhere

  • 30 Slank // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM


    Yes I agree with you that logic dictates that Rafa should have selected Rivière whilst Mitrovich served his banishment but unless Rivière was injured or not match fit then Rafa has seen something in training that we are not privy to or he judged that the strike force he did select in previous games were preferable to having Rivière in the side.

    We will soon see.

  • 31 John Tudor // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    in our case every game is a six pointer

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    Id rather put diame central and put Gouf out wide and drop Colback. Or,if you want to keep Diame out wide, then bring Hayden in for colback.

  • 33 Sav // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    We’ve won 3 on the trot without playing well. Its a cliche that this is the hallmark of a good side. It won’t be enough this afternoon. We are going to have to play well to get anything. Looking forward to it.

  • 34 Budge123 // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Hopefully only a maximum of 100 hours of Sissoko bullsh#t left at the club.
    Will be asleep for 30 of them.
    Only have to put up with his nonsense for 70 more hours.
    Might just make it through without Losing the plot with the annoying idiot that he is.

    Tick tick tick

  • 35 Malta Mag // Aug 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Who the hell is interested in the bloody rugby? Is this about our beloved team or a forum for one or two of you to have a childish spat and talk rugby? HWTL!!!

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