Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been giving his Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, and he believes that Newcastle United’s three-match winning streak will come to an end when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.
The Magpies bounced back from losses to Tottenham Hotspur and fellow newly-promoted side Huddersfield Town in their opening two top flight games to beat West Ham United, Swansea City and Stoke City in a sequence that saw them score six goals and concede just once.
The likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie are hitting top form right now and if Joselu hadn’t have been so wasteful in front of goal against the Potters, their 2-1 success would have been even more comfortable.
Even though Rafa Benitez’s men are in fourth position going into the weekend and Brighton are 16th after taking just four points from their opening five fixtures – although they did beat West Bromwich Albion in their previous home game – Merson believes that Chris Hughton’s side will prove to be tough opposition for the in-form Magpies and that they should be happy with a point.
Merson said: “I know it’s only five games but Newcastle have done superbly to get into the top four – not many people saw that coming!
“Their fans will be full of confidence and looking for another win but Brighton make it difficult for opponents at the Amex. Man City were made to work hard and West Brom were dispatched 3-1.
“A draw would be a good result for the visitors, they should take that all day long.”
Newcastle will be looking to win four successive Premier League fixtures for the first time since November 2014, when they won five in a row.