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Preview: Montoya returns for St James' Park visit

After a series of matches that certainly could have seen Albion with more points on the board, Graham Potter’s side head to St James’ Park on Saturday evening, as they look to extend their unbeaten run against Newcastle United, kick-off 5.30pm.

By Kieran Cleeves • 19 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya is back in contention ahead of Saturday's journey north

The Seagulls have taken eight points from four Premier League matches against the Magpies, including a 1-0 victory in the north east last season, when Beram Kayal’s touch on a Jose Izquierdo shot found the back of the net and made all the difference.

Albion came agonisingly close to claiming a second Premier League win of the season last Saturday, following Neal Maupay’s volleyed opener, but Burnley equalised with their first shot on target in stoppage time.

Steve Bruce’s team rocked Anfield last week when Jetro Willems netted a surprise opener, but Liverpool came back with three goals in reply to condemn the Magpies to a third defeat of the season.

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter prepares his squad for Saturday's visit to Newcastle United.

Team news…

Potter confirmed Martin Montoya is available for selection after missing last weekend’s game through illness, but Leandro Trossard, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Leon Balogun will miss out due to injuries.

Bernardo has an outside chance of featuring at St James’ Park, and although Ezequiel Schelotto is making good progress, Saturday comes too soon for the full-back.

For Newcastle, Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin are both doubts for Saturday’s match, while Sean Longstaff, Fabian Schar, Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin could feature after short-term injuries.

Dwight Gayle and Florian Lejeune both remained sidelined with long-term injuries.

By Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo and Beram Kayal combined for Albion's winning goal

Last time at St James’ Park…

It turned out to be a great afternoon for Albion in the north east, but things got off to a terrible start when Glenn Murray left the field on a stretcher following an aerial collision with Federico Fernandez in the ninth minute.

Murray recovered in time to score his 100th Albion goal against Wolves the following weekend, while his team-mates finished the job at St James’ Park to record one of three victories in the month of October.

Izquierdo fired towards goal from the edge of the penalty area, and Kayal’s touch took the ball past Martin Dubravka to secure a 1-0 win against Newcastle, then managed by Rafael Benitez.

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Extended highlights: Albion 1 Burnley 1

Our last fixture…

Albion 1
Maupay 51

Burnley 1
Hendrick 90+1

Albion line-up: Ryan; Duffy, Dunk, Webster; March (Bong 90), Stephens, Propper, Burn; Gross, Murray (Mooy 80), Maupay (Connolly 84).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Baluta, Bissouma, Alzate.

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Newcastle in action against Liverpool at Anfield

Their last fixture…

Liverpool 3
Mane 28, 40
Salah 72

Newcastle 1
Willems 7

Newcastle line-up: Dubravka; Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett; Krafth (Manquillo 67), Hayden, Shelvey, Willems; Almiron (Muto 67), Joelinton, Atsu.

Subs not used: Darlow (GK), Clark, Longstaff, Ki.

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Joelinton celebrates his winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle’s one to watch…

The Magpies broke their transfer record over the summer to bring in Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim, and the 23-year-old scored his first goal for the club in memorable fashion.

Joelinton showed composure in front of goal to fire the winner against Tottenham Hotspur in north London before the international break, and will be keen to get back on the goal trail this weekend.

The forward attracted Newcastle’s interest following spells in Germany and Austria’s top divisions, and he’ll now look to make his mark on the Premier League for Bruce’s side.

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