Newcastle United will be aiming to make it three wins from three in all competitions as they entertain Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies kicked off their Premier League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend, before beating Championship side Blackburn in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Steve Bruce used that match as a chance to give some fringe players some game time, as well as handing a first start to summer signing Ryan Fraser, who will be involved in some capacity when the sides kick-off.
Fellow new arrivals Jeff Hendrick and Callum Wilson are set to continue for the Geordies, with Andy Carroll also likely to retain a starting place, the first time he will have started consecutive games since beginning his second spell at St James’ Park last year.
Matty Longstaff, Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar will all miss out for Newcastle, but Miguel Almiron is pushing for a start after two assists in the last two games.
As for Brighton, an opening day defeat to Chelsea was followed up with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Portsmouth in the League Cup, and they’ll be hoping to keep up their excellent recent away record when the league campaign returns.
The Seagulls have not lost away from home since February and with six away wins coming on the first round of fixtures in the new season, Brighton will fancy their chances of getting off the mark at the second time of asking.
Adam Lallana’s availability is rated as 50/50, with the former Liverpool man going off early against Chelsea, but returning to training on Friday afternoon. Manager Graham Potter says a decision on his fitness will be made on Saturday to give him maximum recovery time.
Newcastle United vs Brighton and Hove Albion at St James’ Park is a 2.30pm kick-off on Sunday, September 20th.