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Eddie Howe hopes his Newcastle United players can take inspiration from Kevin Keegan's 'Entertainers' as they bid to continue their strong start at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Keegan's team, who narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester United, were affectionately dubbed the 'Entertainers' due to their front-foot approach.

Newcastle have been far more pragmatic in recent years, but they played with style in their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest last week.

And head coach Howe, who said he would be keen for Keegan to meet his squad, was encouraged by that display.

"We have a big responsibility not just to win games but to try to play in a way that excites the supporters, especially at a club where there is a history and tradition of doing that," he said.

"I think there is an expectation of us to entertain."

"History" and "entertain" were both buzzwords for Howe ahead of the trip to Brighton, as he revealed he had given a presentation to his players on Newcastle teams of the past – including Keegan's 1990s outfit.

"(Newcastle) finished second not so long ago," Howe said. "So the history is there that the club can be successful in this league.

"It's important that the players see that, feel that, and believe that we can follow in their footsteps."

Brighton have themselves entertained under Graham Potter, but their home form was a concern last season, making this game a big one for their fans a week on from a first ever win at Manchester United.

"It's best to win in front of your supporters," Potter said. "I won't complain if we get points elsewhere, but it's nice to win at home, and that's what we'll try to do."

Brighton and Hove Albion – Moises Caicedo

Yves Bissouma's departure might have left a hole in the Brighton midfield had Caicedo not stepped in so impressively. Having dominated the Man United midfield, he might find life a little tougher up against Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes.

Newcastle United – Dan Burn

Burn was not widely expected to start the season, but he was preferred to Sven Botman last week and impressed, meaning he will undoubtedly be in the XI again for a trip to former club Brighton on what Howe expects to be a "big day" for the giant centre-back.

– Brighton have never lost a home Premier League game against Newcastle in five previous meetings (W2 D3), only facing West Ham as often without losing at the Amex Stadium in the competition.

– Following a 2-1 victory in March, Newcastle are looking to secure consecutive league wins over Brighton for the first time since beating them twice in the 2016-17 Championship campaign.

– Brighton ended the 2021-22 campaign with two home league wins, beating Manchester United and West Ham. The Seagulls last won three in a row at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League in October and November 2019.

– Newcastle have won five Premier League away games so far in 2022, already more than they won on the road in the whole of 2021 (four). The Magpies last won more Premier League away games in a single calendar year in 2013 (seven).

– Brighton are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the second time, previously doing so in October 2018. The Seagulls have won six of their past nine league games (D2 L1), picking up victories at Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United in that run.

Updated August 12, 2022