Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United Prediction - 7/20/20
Still needing a point to mathematically secure a spot in England’s top-flight for the next season, 16th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion will take on 13th-placed Newcastle United, who have lost three Premier League contests in a row. Kick-off - at 13:00 PM ET on Monday, July 20.
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Brighton Draws With Saints
Brighton & Hove Albion came within one point of guaranteeing themselves safety in the Premier League for the next season after earning a 1-1 draw against in-form Southampton away at St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday. After striker Neal Maupay opened the scoring in the 17th minute, the Seagulls put on a solid defensive display in the second half, allowing just a single snipe from 15 attempts by the Saints. The draw ended a two-game losing run for Brighton, who sit 16th in the Premier League with a W8 D13 L15 record, six points above the relegation zone.
French forward Maupay leads the Seagulls with 10 Premier League markers but has scored just once in his past six appearances. Goalie Mat Ryan, meanwhile, resides 5th in the EPL with 115 saves. He has raked in eight clean sheets in 36 games this year and concedes a snipe every 61 minutes on average. Brighton has scored the joint-4th lowest amount of goals this season (37) while delivering the 9th highest quantity of shots per game (12.1). The team is 8th in both ball possession (51.6%) and passing accuracy (80.9%).
Newcastle Loses Third In Row
The losing skid of Newcastle United extended to three consecutive games after the team was beaten with a count of 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park on Wednesday. The Magpies controlled the ball 53% of the time and outshot the visitors 22-8, recording the highest amount of attempts they have had in the league throughout the whole season, but found the back of the net just once, with Matt Ritchie tying the game at 1-1 at the start of the second half. Newcastle sits 13th in the EPL with a W11 D10 L15 record, safe from relegation, but no longer competing for a place in the top-six.
English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey tops the Magpies' scoring table with six league goals but has netted just once in his last 13 outings. Goalie Martin Dubravka, meanwhile, sits at the top of the EPL with 134 saves. He has picked up 10 clean sheets in 36 contests during the ongoing campaign and allows a goal every 59 minutes of play. Newcastle has scored the joint-4th lowest quantity of markers this year (37), while taking the 5th lowest number of shots per game (10.7). The team is bottom of the league in ball possession (42.1%) and 16th in passing accuracy (75.5%).
Only Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers have posted more draws in the Premier League this season than Brighton & Hove Albion, who have seen 13 of their 36 outings finish on level terms with their opponents. Another stalemate is definitely not out of the question in this one, as three of the last four league encounters between the Seagulls and Newcastle United have already ended as ties. Prior to their current three-game losing skid, the Magpies drew half of their 12 EPL outings prior, while Brighton only needs one point in their remaining two games to guarantee safety from relegation.