Newcastle’s latest attempt to win a Premier League game sees Brighton head to St James’ Park.
It has been a tough start to the season for the Magpies, but the game against Chris Hughton’s side looks like the first chance for Newcastle to actually win a game.
While Brighton won’t be pushovers, a home game against a team of equal standing presents Newcastle with a golden opportunity.
Last time out we threw away a two goal lead at Old Trafford, so should Rafa Benitez mix his team up?
Dummett to return for Brighton clash?
The one change we all want to see at the back is the return of Paul Dummett.
The left-back has missed the last two games due to injury, but has been training with the first team during the international break after withdrawing from the Wales squad.
Having been pictured in training, you’d like to imagine that Dummett will come into the team in place of Javi Manquillo.
No changes across the middle
Newcastle’s midfield performed well at Old Trafford until the collapse, with Kenedy getting on the score-sheet.
The Brazilian came off because of an injury, but has been training so should retain his place in the XI. Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame will play together once again, while Matt Ritchie will be tasked with setting the tempo on the right.
Back-t0-back starts for Muto?
Yoshinori Muto was excellent on his first start for Newcastle. The Japanese forward scored his first Newcastle goal, and deserves to keep his place.
The diminutive duo of Muto and Ayoze Perez caused Manchester United all sorts of problems, and they should get the chance to do the same against Brighton.
Salomon Rondon likely won’t be fit to start, while Joselu doesn’t deserve to get back into the team ahead of Muto.
Predicted XI to face Brighton: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Perez, Muto.