Brighton Away Preview 17/18

Long Trip South For Rafa and His Team

Savour it whilst you can because it isnt very often that you see Newcastle in the Premier League chasing a 4th win on the spin but that is exactly where we find ourselves this weekend ahead of a long Sunday televised away day in Brighton.

After a sticky first couple of games absolutely top marks to the manager and his player for tunring things around and getting those last 3 results that have just eased the tension and given everyone renewed hope after a frustrating summer of rumour and speculation.

The main thing for me from those last 3 games is that they were all deserved victories, there were no fluke results in any of those games culminating in last weekends dominant display against a Stoke side coming off the back of holding Manchester United and beating Arsenal in previous weeks.

As we all know with supporting Newcastle though whenever things are going smoothly is usually the time you have to watch out for a heavy fall so what none of us can do is get complacent or get ahead of ourselves.

Yes this is a great opportunity to get another win - if you were looking for the next team to play then a Brighton team that have had a mixed start to their first season in the top flight would be a decent choice. That said we know Chris Hughton is a good manager who is good at organising a team and there are no gimmees in the Premier League. If we dont match the performance or workrate of the previous games then Brighton have more than enough to get a result against us.

We may be one of the form teams but I dont think anyone with any sense is getting carried away - the fixture list has been fairly kind to us so far so it is just a case of taking each game as it comes.

I cant see many changes for Sunday but we all know that Rafa does like to tinker with things.

Defensively I cant see any changes from what started the Stoke game. To be honest actually I dont think I would personally change anything. There is obviously the temptation to maybe recall Shelvey but that would be very harsh on either Hayden or Merino.

Up top there could be a temptation to swap Gayle for Joselu. That isnt a reflection of his performance against Stoke but more that I think Gayle is maybe better suited away from home for catching people on the break etc. That said though I expect the manager to give Joselu a vote of confidence after what I think was just a bad day at the office last Saturday.

It is nice to have these options at the moment and long may it continue - could we even see the rare event of a unchanged lineup?!

Tough one to call this one. Obviously on current form people will be seeing this as a banker 3 points but I think it will be tough and head says a score draw and a decent point.

I would take that to be honest - I think any kind of positive result would be fantastic to keep the unbeaten run going and to set us up nicely for Liverpool at home next week.

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