This is why Mark Lawrenson is impressed with Newcastle United as he predicts Brighton & Hove Albion result

Mark Lawrenson is impressed with Newcastle United’s transfer business - and expects Steve Bruce’s men to make it two wins from two Premier League games against Brighton and Hove Albion.
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(Photo by Glyn Kirk/Pool via Getty Images

Writing his weekly - and controversial - predictions column for BBC Sport, the pundit praised the Magpies’ summer recruits, particularly Callum Wilson – comparing his (or lack of) impact to club-record signing Joelinton.

The former Liverpool defender said: “I thought Newcastle have had a great transfer window and they proved it last weekend with their win at West Ham.

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“Two of their new signings, Jeff Hendrick and Callum Wilson, scored which is always nice, particularly Wilson's goal.

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“It is always a nice feeling when your new striker scores straight away - compare Wilson's instant impact to Joelinton last season, who did not break his Premier League duck until June.”

Lawro, who spent four years as Brighton player between 1977 and 1981 added: “Brighton had chances against Chelsea, but they didn't take them. I think they will be fine this season in terms of avoiding the drop, but who will score their goals is still a concern.”

The 63-year-old went on to back Newcastle for a 2-1 victory, while his rival for the weekend, singer and Manchester United fan Raye, predicted a 1-0 scoreline in favour of Bruce's side

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Since the two sides were promoted to the Premier League back in 2017, Brighton are yet to taste defeat against the Magpies

In the pair’s last three meetings at St James's Park, the Magpies failed to score with Albion recording two draws and one win.