Here again is the team I suspect Eddie Howe will name for today’s match against Brighton. It is an unchanged side from the one that defeated Brentford 2-0 last weekend.
Howe is unlikely to change things during such a positive run. He admitted as much in his press conference yesterday. The Magpies not in the team currently will most likely have to wait at least another week.
That could include Allan Saint-Maximin, who faces a late fitness test. The winger will probably at least make the bench but with the recent performances of Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy, there is no rush to include Allan in the starting eleven just yet.
Newcastle still have three long-term injuries with Matt Ritchie set to return to training next week. Brighton will be without top center-back Adam Webster.
Callum Wilson (calf), Kieran Trippier (foot), Matt Ritchie (knee), Allan Saint-Maximin (calf – late fitness test)
Adam Webster (groin), Enock Mwepu (hamstring), Adam Lallano (hamstring – late fitness test), Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring – late fitness test)
The fans are very confident of a victory with 75% expecting the lads to collect all three points today. Only 6% see Newcastle’s unbeaten stretch coming to an end.
The Seagulls are on a three match losing streak which they will be desperate to halt. With Newcastle just four points above the drop zone, this is another monumental match for Howe and the lads.
A win could pad the cushion to the bottom three significantly heading into our three away matches next week. The crowd at St. James’ Park will be fully behind the boys in what will be another electric atmosphere.