Are Brighton Edging Out Newcastle As Championship Favorites?

It wasn’t long ago that Brighton were 2 points ahead of us with a game in hand, so we could have gone 5 points behind Brighton who had a good habit of winning their games.

At the same time Newcastle were struggling without Jonjo Shelvey and we lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.

We then we somehow managed to lose at Blackburn after missing so many chances in the first half and allowed a team in the bottom three to do the double over us – both defeats by a 1-0 scoreline.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

And then our 20 goal striker Dwight Gayle was injured so it was starting to look a little bit of a struggle.

When we allowed a last minute goal to only draw with QPR 2-2 at home after going down 3-0 in the FA Cup at Oxford things got tough.

But then would you believe it the next day Huddersfield easily beat Brighton 3-1 at home last Thursday and then we got  a hard-fought 1-0 win against an in-form Derby on Saturday.

That was even though we again missed too many easy chances to kill off the game and nearly paid for it with seconds to go in stoppage time, but Yedlin brilliantly headed off the line to get us the win.

Last Sunday Brighton we lucky to escape a second successive defeat at Brentford who should have won that game after being 2-0 up at half time and 3-2 up after four minutes of stoppage time only to draw the game 2-2,

So we have gained 3 points on Brighton in the last two games and we are back at the top of the Championship 2 points clear of Chris Hughton’s Seagulls with a better goal difference.

And Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie  thinks the 1-0 win at Derby on Saturday was crucial for the Magpies and still thinks we will win the Championship:

“I think recent results show how intense the Championship is because both Newcastle and Brighton have been beaten several times this season.”

“But after Brighton’s last two results, Newcastle have the edge in the title race.”

“Beating Derby was a massive result, especially after dropping points at home to QPR, and Benitez’s side are the favorites for me.”

At this point seven years ago Newcastle won 13 of their final 17 games and drew the rest – so we are hoping Newcastle can go on a similar good run to nail promotion – and the sooner the better.


It’s also good that we seem to be getting some of our players back from injury – like Dwight Gayle and Jack Colback.

Finally on SkyBet, Newcastle are 1/16 odds-on favorites to be promoted with Brighton next in line at 1/7 odds on.

And as for winning the Championship Newcastle are 4/7 odds-on with Brighton second favorites at 13/8.

We have to hope those betting odds turn out to be accurate.

But starting Saturday we have three games in ten days at Wolves (Saturday), at Norwich (Tuesday) and then at home to Aston Villa (Monday) and we know things could change quickly.

We cannot become complacent – Newcastle have to keep winning games.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Well the answer to the headline is surely written in the article and it would be no, they are not!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Well that’s that one cleared up…..


  • martoon

    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Has anybody spotted Ed’s deliberate mistakes in the article – I think I can see at least 3?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    “But after Brighton’s last two results, Newcastle have the edge in the title race.”


    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Dont disagree that gayle is a willing worker and if he continues to score he deserves the chance to keep the strikers position…i just think there will be a change


    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Id be surprised if we dont bring in a new striker in the summer and see Gayle in the rotation system but I think he will see plenty game time

  • Bambams

    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    We have some hard games in March….April on paper should get us some points.

    I can see the top two only having a few points between them come the end of the season. Not bothered if we finish top, just as long as we are promoted

  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8


    Don’t be picky. Ed always inserts deliberate ‘errors’ to keep us on our toes. 🙂


    1.3m through the turnstiles in a Chamionship season’s is as you said, absolutely amazing and great credit to the fans who mean so much to Rafa – a point for Ashley to note if ever any more daft ideas enter his sometimes ill-advised skull.

  • Mag52

    Feb 8, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Arma as a squad player next season imo, to challenge Gayle as a starter as the season progresses.


    Feb 8, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I think he will be with us through pre season then be out on loan again unless we fail to sign another striker

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 8, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11


    It must be of gigantic proportions mate lol. I reckon he uses a king sized mattress.


    I agree. Can’t see us not signing a striker so loan to a top end champo team would probably be best.

    If derby don’t come up then they’d be perfect imo.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 8, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Re your headline question! No! we are favourites with the best squad, best manager, more fans, best ground, more points and a better goal difference. What’s your point?


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