• Newcastle Visit Presents Winnable Opportunity for Albion

    Newcastle United come to the Amex this weekend, with the clash featuring on Sky’s popular Sunday afternoon slot.

    The Magpies arrive with three straight Premier League wins behind them, and will be confident of making it four in a row, not least because they completed the double over Chris Hughton’s men in the Championship last season.

    The come from behind win at the Amex in February may well have proved decisive in the race for the title. Albion led through Glenn Murray’s first half penalty and were looking set for another victory at fortress Amex, where fifteen games over five months had passed since the last league defeat.

    Newcastle had other ideas however, and cranked up the pressure on the Albion defence as the game entered its closing stages, first equalising through Mohamed Diame and then snatching an 89th minute winner via Ayoze Perez to inflict heartbreak on the Seagulls. Further salt was rubbed into the Albion’s wound as Newcastle’s victory saw them leapfrog Albion to take the Championship lead.

    Newcastle may arrive in Sussex sitting pretty in a Champions’ League spot, but this is exactly the kind of game that Albion simply must win in order to keep on track for this season’s goal: Premier League survival.

    The Seagulls need to put last weekend’s defeat at Bournemouth behind them and return to the form shown in the convincing defeat of West Bromwich Albion.

    In that game, Albion were on the front foot throughout and took the game to their more established Premier League visitors, a contrast to how fans view Albion on the road, where criticism has been made of Chris Hughton’s more defensive approach.

    Finally, it would be good to put one over on portly Geordie cheerleader Micky Quinn who said this week: “Newcastle head to Brighton as favourites - and I see no reason why they won't make it four in a row" before going on to say "the way Rafa Benitez has Newcastle playing at the moment, I can’t see anything but a fourth win on the bounce."

    Unfortunately for Mick, a quick check of a major betting site shows that Newcastle do not travel as favourites. Although the odds of all three outcomes are close, Albion are considered favourites and Albion fans will be hoping they come out and play like it.

    Three points on Sunday would be a real fillip for everyone at the club ahead of a very difficult fixture against Arsenal at The Emirates before the Premier League breaks for the next international break.

    Up The Albion!