Newcastle vs Brighton LIVE: Minute-by-minute updates from St James’ Park

Rafa Benitez will take a different approach to his tactics against Manchrster City when Brighton arrive at St James’ Park today.

The two sides which battled out last season’s Sky Bet Championship title race and he will hope they edge this game as they did that duel.

He said: “We want to win and we think we can win, but Brighton will be thinking exactly the same. We’ll try to score goals and play at the level we did at West Ham.”

The fixture is the first of three against sides also battling for top-flight survival, with Stoke and Swansea to come either side of the FA Cup third-round clash with Luton.

He said: “These are the games where people expect us to compete and to win, so my concern is to approach the games with the belief that we can win.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: “They are at home, and they will see us as one of the games they have more chance of winning.

“We are a team also just up from the Championship, we don’t have the experience they do and they will see it as a game they can win.

“Newcastle are a team we know very well, we know they have a lot of quality.

“They haven’t had the best of times of late but we know on a good day for them they can be a fairly formidable team, they have enough quality to make them very dangerous opponents.”

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