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The two teams, which are creating the best twists in the Premier League this season, face off ahead of their advance to European club competitions. It is Newcastle, which is aiming to advance to the Champions League finals after 21 years, and Brighton, which is aiming to advance to the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.
Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion will face off in the 25th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season at 3:30 am (Korean time) on the 19th at St. James Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Currently, Newcastle are 3rd with 66 points and Brighton are 6th with 58 points. Newcastle are looking to advance to the Champions League and Brighton to the Europa League, so it will be an important match for both teams.
Newcastle winless in the last 2 matches, desperate for victory to reverse the mood
Newcastle, which is ranked third in the league with 66 points, aims to advance to the Champions League finals for the first time in 21 years since the 2002-2003 season. But the competition is fierce. This is because they have the same points as 4th place Manchester United and only 1 point behind 5th place Liverpool. In particular, in the case of Liverpool, they are showing their back for the Champions League ticket by running 7 consecutive wins in the recent 7 league matches. If they win 6 points in the remaining 3 matches, they can beat Liverpool and win the Champions League ticket on their own, so a victory against Brighton this time is a must for Newcastle.
However, the current trend is not good. This is because they suffered a 2-0 loss to Arsenal last time out and a 2-2 draw against Leeds, who are struggling in the relegation zone. In particular, in the case of the Leeds game, it shows the appearance of being pushed in terms of performance, and is having a slightly uneasy end of the season.
Despite the recent slowdown, director Eddie Howe showed confidence. “I think it’s going to be a really good game between two great teams,” manager Eddie Howe said at a press conference ahead of the match against Brighton. I have a lot of respect for Brighton and I have been very impressed with what they have done this season, how they play and what they did against Arsenal last time.’ He then showed confidence, saying, ‘I think it will be a really tough task for us, but we have nothing to be afraid of at home, and we will take steps toward the next step.’
It is this game that needs to be watched to see if Newcastle can get one step closer to the UCL ticket with a reversal of the atmosphere with this victory.
Brighton has a tight schedule, the variable is stamina
Brighton, who are 6th in the league with 58 points, will challenge the record of entering the European club competition for the first time in the club’s history. The situation is pretty positive. This is because they have played two less games and are one point ahead of Tottenham, who are currently 7th in the league, and Aston Villa, who are 8th. Brighton, like Newcastle, is also in a situation where they can acquire the Europa League berth on their own if they collect 6 points in the remaining games. However, there is one variable. It is a tight schedule that has been going on since the end of April.
Brighton have 7 matches in the past month, including both the League and FA Cup. If you calculate it arithmetically, you are playing about 2 games a week continuously. Compared to teams that are currently competing for rankings, the depth of the squad is not thick, and Brighton’s tactical nature, which requires a lot of stamina, seems to be a big variable for the physical problems of key resources.
Brighton has an increasing number of injuries amid a tight schedule. Coach De Jerbi said at a press conference held on the afternoon of the 17th, “Weltman, Webster, March, and Sanchez are all unable to play against Newcastle. We have to think very well about the best 11 and the condition of the players. No more players can be lost. We have to think carefully about the remaining four games.” 안전놀이터
It is this game that needs to be seen to see if Brighton, ahead of a tight schedule, can capture the Premier League’emerging powerhouse’ Newcastle and take a step closer to history.
Article = Lee Jong-gwan, the 1st class of ‘IF Reporters’