Pre-match report for our next game: Newcastle, Sunday, 24th September 2017

PREMIER LEAGUE; Brighton v Newcastle

Newcastle Manager; RAFA BENITEZ (2016)
RB record to Aug 2017; P63 W36 D13 L14, Wins = 51.7%
The Spaniard got on board as United drifted out of the elite division, he then held the north-east giants together to win the Championship title and is positive to establish once more at higher level.

17/18 Newcastle FANS expectations; onward, upward and really being big in a much larger fish pond.
PROSPECTS; large passionate crowds, a respected coach and previously successful squad. What could possibly go wrong?
17/18 FORECAST at start; Title 500/1, Top Six 20/1, Top Promoted 8-13, Top Half 11-4. Bottom Half 2-9, Stay Up 1-6, Bottom 14/1, Relegation 4/1. Sack RB 40/1


INS; Joselu (Stoke 5m), Jacob Murphy (Norwich 12m), Florian Lejeune (Bibar 8m), Javi Manquillo (A Madrid 4m), Chris Atsu (Chelsea), Stefan OConnor (Arsenal), Josef Yarney (Everton), Mikel Merino (B Dortmund loan).
Rafa Benitez said, +I was fighting to improve my team. Now it is time to help my team. My commitment is still 100% but in this kind of situation is 101%+

Newcastle PREM RECORD from 11/12; 5, 16, 10, 15, 18, (1 at Championship). Best = 5, Worst = 18, Ave = 13
C21 Average = 11th (16 years). Top Four twice, Top Ten 5 times, Relegated twice.
STATUS; regaining a Premiership place continues their stats as a recent run of the mill side.

Recent Managers; Steve McClaren (2015-16), John Carver (2014-15), Alan Pardew (2010-14).


Newcastle AWAY;
17/18 - P2 W1 D0 L1 F1 A1 GD0 Po4 = 1.50pt/gm or 33.3% of total points. Away wins = 50%

SWANSEA 0-1, despite having a hernia operation prior to the fixture, Rafa Benitez infused the squad with pre-match tactical haemoglobin.
HUDDERSFIELD 1-0, Jacob Murphy said, +they are an aggressive team with a high press and in your face. A team you have to face with a physical approach+

YOUNG GUNS; Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles said, +we have got such a young team. Our inexperience is a strength. We have big characters and a good mentality, no big-time players. Everybody has to work 110%. We are definitely on the up+


KNOCKOUTS;
16/17; FA Cup - 4th round, EFL Cup - quarter finals.
17/18; League Cup - 2nd rnd, lost to Forest 2-3 aet (H) at St James Park.
(h-t 2-2), goals 3,45-29,31,97. Gate 27,709


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Brightonfans REFERENCES;
REPORTS - has a database of EFL and Cup competitions from 2002-3.

STATS & FEATURES;
HISTORY & TRAVEL - contains the alphabetical listing of Premier League opponents.
SQUAD - list by current shirt number and includes seasonal synopses.
STATS PLUS - records numerically all fixtures completed, on a quarterly, half yearly and full term basis.
ARCHIVE - gives ongoing and past BHA ins & outs, squads, managers and more.
CLUBS - lists A-Z, all Premier League and EFL outfits with records from 2000.