Last season’s top two in the Championship meet for the first time in the Premier League, and high-flying Newcastle will be hoping for a repeat of their 2016/17 results against Brighton. So which team do the stats suggest with fare best? Unibet have paired with Opta to do the hard work for you.

This will be the first ever meeting between the sides in the English top-flight
Despite never meeting in the top division, Brighton and Newcastle have played against each other 20 times in all competitions. They have almost identical records: Newcastle edge it with nine wins to Brighton’s eight and three draws. There have been 14 league meetings between the sides, all in the second division. Newcastle have won eight of those, losing four and drawing two. Albion have lost only two of their last eight encounters with Newcastle, winning four and drawing two, but those defeats were both fairly recent…

Brighton to win is 7/4

Newcastle won both meetings in the Championship last season
The Magpies topped the Championship by finishing one point above Brighton last season. A big part of that was down to Newcastle’s two wins over their closest challengers. In fact, Newcastle were the only team to beat Brighton both home and away in the league last term. Benitez’s side won this exact fixture 2-1, coming from 1-0 down in the final ten minutes thanks to goals from Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez. Prior to last season, Brighton had won three in a row against Newcastle in all competitions without conceding a goal.

Newcastle to win is 19/10

Newcastle have won only one of their last 13 Premier League away games
That’s right: Newcastle won more points in their last away game, the 1-0 win at Swansea, than they had in their 12 previous Premier League trips combined. Prior to victory in Wales, the Magpies had drawn two and lost 10 of their last 12 top-flight matches on the road. There have been just two goals scored, by either side, in Newcastle’s last three Premier League away games, so a tight contest might be on the cards on the south coast. The visitors will be aiming to win successive top-flight away matches for the first time since November 2014.

The draw Is 43/20

Brighton have failed to score in three of their five league games this season
Chris Hughton’s side failed to register a single goal in their first three Premier League matches, losing 2-0 to Manchester City and Leicester City before the goalless draw at Watford at the end of August. Promisingly, September has been a different story: Brighton put three past West Brom to secure their only league victory thus far before opening the scoring at Brighton only to lose 2-1. Four goals in two games will boost the confidence of a team that simply didn’t look like scoring last month. However, drawing a blank in the EFL Cup defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday may be further cause for concern.

Newcastle are 7/2 to win without conceding

Pascal Gross has been directly involved in all four of Brighton’s Premier League goals
Summer signing Pascal Gross has been an instant hit at the Amex Stadium, scoring two goals and providing two assists in the Premier League since joining from German side Ingolstadt. The 26-year-old needs only three more goals to match his total haul in the Bundesliga last season (5). Meanwhile, Newcastle have been relying on an unlikely source for goals lately; skipper Jamaal Lascelles could become the first Magpies defender to score in three successive Premier League games since Steven Taylor in May 2011. 

Gross Is 17/2 to open the scoring; Lascelles is 19/1