In what captain Jamaal Lascelle’s has called a ‘six-pointer,’ Newcastle will host Brighton on Saturday afternoon. It’s undoubtedly a vital fixture even if it is still only September.
Newcastle fell into the relegation zone on Monday. Due to the tough set of fixtures to start the season, that is not too much of a surprise. However, this is one of the early matches Newcastle are expected to win.
We could see the return of Andy Carroll if all goes well over the next few days of training. Sean Longstaff and Fabian Schar also are reportedly in contention to make the squad.
It is too soon for Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, and DeAndre Yedlin though they are making good progress from their injuries.
This is what Jamaal Lascelles told NUFC TV about the importance of the Brighton game:
“We’ve played some good football, and now against Brighton, we need to be really pushing to get the three points out of that game.
“These games are six-pointers. At home to Brighton, we’ve definitely got to fancy ourselves.
“They could be competition for us, so anyone who’s going to be in and around us, we need to be taking points from Saturday is the right time to do that.”
He also noted that due to their battle in the Championship three years ago how this fixture has now become a contentious affair:
“The majority of the season we were top and quite a few points ahead, and towards the end they overtook us. They probably thought they’d come first, and we got them at the end.
“They’ve got a bit of bitterness towards us, and every time we play them in the Premier League, it’s a bit more than a normal game.”
We’ll expect Brighton to be up for the match as they always are. The lads really need to get three points on the board in this one. Next week it will be away to Leicester, and then it’s home against Manchester United.
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