Opta Stats: Newcastle v Brighton

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
Will Rafa Benitez point Newcastle to victory over Brighton?

Two struggling teams meet when Newcastle take on Brighton. Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to.

"With just two points from eight games, Newcastle have made their worst ever start to a top-flight season (adjusted to 3 points for a win)."

The draw is 3.211/5.

This is just the third Premier League meeting between Newcastle and Brighton - Brighton won 1-0 at the Amex, while the sides shared a 0-0 draw at St. James' Park in December 2017. Under 1.5 goals is 2.747/4.

Newcastle have won two of their last 10 matches against Brighton in all competitions (D3 L5), with both victories coming during the 2016-17 Championship season. The Magpies are 2.285/4 to claim a much needed victory.

Last season, Newcastle had 28 shots against Brighton in the Premier League without scoring - only Huddersfield against Swansea (37) had more without scoring against an opponent during 2017-18. Under 2.5 goals is 1.594/7.

With just two points from eight games, Newcastle have made their worst ever start to a top-flight season (adjusted to 3 points for a win). They've only failed to win any of their first nine top-flight games once before, back in 1898-99 when they were winless in their opening 10. The draw is 3.211/5.

Brighton are winless in their last 17 Premier League away games (D5 L12), scoring just seven goals in that run. It's their longest run without a win on the road in league competition since September 1997 (18 games). Newcastle are 1.584/7 in the Draw No Bet market.

Newcastle have lost all four of their Premier League home games this season - only three teams in English top-flight history have ever lost their first five (Man Utd 1930-31, Portsmouth in 2009-10 and Bolton in 2011-12). Brighton are 3.8514/5 to win.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is yet to win at St. James' Park as an away manager against his former club in four attempts (P4 W0 D1 L3), with all matches coming in league competition. The draw half-time/Newcastle full-time double result is 5.79/2.

Only Eden Hazard (7) has scored more Premier League goals this season than Brighton's Glenn Murray (5). Murray is 3.55/2 to score.

Joselu has scored two of Newcastle's three Premier League goals at St James' Park this season. He's 3.412/5 to find the net.

Rafael Benitez has lost 11 of his 28 home Premier League games as Newcastle manager - one more than he'd lost in 127 home games at Liverpool and Chelsea combined (W86 D31 L10). Brighton are 2.68/5 Draw No Bet.

Dan Fitch 2018/19 Season P/L

Staked: 185.00 pts
Returned: 203.90 pts
P/L: +18.90 pts

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