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SIX-POINTER: Huge relegation clash as Newcastle United travel to Brighton

 

Steve Bruce's Newcastle United face a massive relegation six-pointer when they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Newcastle claimed a last-minute point in their last clash with Aston Villa at St James' Park.

Both clubs are in serious danger of relegation with Fulham one win away from making the survival race even tighter.

They do both have a game in hand on Scott Parker's side, but a win in this one would be vital to surviving the drop.

Whoever loses, will be in serious danger of being relegated to the Championship next season.

 

The odds are stacked against Newcastle in their game with Brighton

 

Brighton are unbeaten in all seven of their Premier League meetings with Newcastle ahead of this six-pointer.

Newcastle have lost three and drawn four of their ties with their upcoming opponents, scoring just one goal in those games.

With Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron all injured, goals are an issue for the Magpies.

 

 

It finished 3-0 to the Seagulls at St James' Park earlier this season, with Graham Potter's side chasing a league double over Newcastle for the first time since 1979.

The home side have recorded just one victory in their last 18 home league games though, giving Bruce's side a shining light in an otherwise dark outlook on paper.

 

Six-pointer

 

Fulham play on Friday evening when they welcome Leeds United to Craven Cottage. That means Newcastle could start the game against Brighton already in the relegation zone.

A victory for Parker's team would demote Newcastle to 18th. Brighton would remain 16th unless Fulham beat Leeds by eight or more clear goals.

Newcastle's run of games after this one includes games against Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester City. All teams battling for the top four, with City the champions elect.

They also have to face Burnley, Sheffield United and Arsenal - all teams 10th or below - with Sheffield United as good as relegated already.

It might be all eyes on the final day though, as the Magpies travel to Fulham, which could completely re-write the book on what is a six-pointer.

Brighton v Newcastle kicks off at 8pm on Saturday evening.


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