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Newcastle United predicted lineup vs Brighton - Premier League

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Eddie Howe has won more games against Brighton than any other club in his managerial career (nine)
Eddie Howe has won more games against Brighton than any other club in his managerial career (nine) / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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Newcastle United have the chance to continue their red hot form with the visit of Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

A 2-0 win away to ten-man Brentford last weekend extended Newcastle's unbeaten run to seven consecutive Premier League matches. The last time the Magpies could better that sequence came under the decidedly mixed stewardship of Alan Pardew, who avoided defeat in the opening 11 games of the 2011/12 campaign.

Here's the lineup Eddie Howe may deploy to close in on that run.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Martin Dubravka (GK) - Three of the four clean sheets Dubravka has presided over this season have come in Newcastle's last five matches.

Emil Krafth (RB) - Kieran Trippier's understudy made ten progressive carries - moved the ball five yards closer to goal - against Brentford last weekend. He had never previously completed more than five in his Premier League career (per FBref).

Fabian Schar (CB) - The only two chances Schar has created all season have both been converted, ensuring that only Allan Saint-Maximin has more assists for Newcastle this term.

Dan Burn (CB) - Newcastle's winter arrival from Brighton has lost all three of his career meetings against his former side.

Matt Targett (LB) - Since the Aston Villa-loanee's debut, no Newcastle player has created more chances (nine) - although he is still waiting for his first assist in black and white.

2. Midfielders

Joe Willock (CM) - After 19 games without a goal, Willock has scored in consecutive appearances for the first time since he nabbed seven on the spin at the end of last season.

Jonjo Shelvey (CM) - The trigger-happy midfielder has captained Newcastle in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles in the past two games.

Joelinton (CM) - If only Joelinton could play Brentford every week - a quarter of his Premier League goals have come against the Bees. Although, his prolificacy is less important given his midfield rebirth.

3. Forwards

Chris Wood
Chris Wood is yet to score for Newcastle since joining the club in January / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Jacob Murphy (RW) - With Allan Saint-Maximin still a doubt to feature from the start, Howe may well stick with the same XI that earned three points and a clean sheet last weekend.

Chris Wood (ST) - Newcastle's misfiring frontman has played and lost more games against Brighton than any other club in his career (eight defeats from 18 appearances).

Ryan Fraser (LW) - 'Wee Man' created seven chances on his own against Brentford (one of them converted by Joelinton). Newcastle have finished eight games this season when the entire team haven't combined for seven key passes.


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