Rafa Benitez brushes off suggestions of top-four Newcastle United finish

24 September, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Chris Hughton or Rafael Benítez?

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Newcastle squeezed past Albion in the title race and at the Amex in February, coming from behind late-on to win 2-1.

Hughton has been boosted by captain Bruno, Glenn Murray, Izzy Brown and Gaetan Bong all returning to contention for the meeting with his former team, whose fine start to the season has not surprised him.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is suspended for Newcastle, while Paul Dummett is still sidelined by a hamstring injury and Massadio Haidara remains unavailable with a knee injury.

In fact, this will become the 1421st different English top-flight fixture to be played between two clubs.

The Magpies occupy fourth place on the Premier League standings heading into their game against Brighton on Sunday after winning their past three successive League fixtures.


However, owner Mike Ashley revealed last month that the club can not compete with the Premier League's big spenders, even with the additional TV revenue, and Benitez had to settle with just six new additions to a Championship-level squad.

'It will be tough for us because it's the Premier League and we know every game will be tough for us, but at the same time, we have confidence we can get three points.

But Benitez admits there could be little to choose between the teams despite the Magpies now sitting in fourth place with Brighton hovering just above the relegation zone.

Rafa also said much the same today; "I think the level of the two teams could be similar".

Their fans will be full of confidence and looking for another win but Brighton make it hard for opponents at the Amex.

A draw would be a good result for the visitors, they should take that all day long.

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