Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 4.
Player analysis - Anthony Gordon
Learning from that, Newcastle United are likely to make the long trip south to the Amex Stadium with counter-attacking football on their minds.
While the Magpies may want a slightly larger share of the ball than the 22 per cent enjoyed by the Hammers in that 3-1 success, they will often sit behind the ball and wait for their opportunities to pounce.
As he is quick, tall, and mobile, Alexander Isak is an ideal centre-forward to have when devising that game plan.
Energetic Gordon a threat
With new signing Barnes breathing down his neck for a starting spot on the left of Newcastle's attack, Gordon has performed with great heart and desire early on this season.
The 22-year-old crossed brilliantly for Sandro Tonali to score on the opening weekend and in the same match, his through-ball released Isak to also net.
Premier League's quickest players 2023/24
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Knowing that he may not last 90 minutes (he has been replaced in the 68th, 56th and 72nd minute), Gordon has played with tremendous energy.
Brighton will be fearful of Gordon running at their right-back, with and without the ball.
Leading ball carries/most fouled 23/24
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Always looking to compete in 50-50 duels or take on his man, Gordon is also the joint most-fouled player (10 times) after three matches.
Brighton have only lost five Premier League matches under De Zerbi, and in all of those, there has been a running theme.
They have dominated possession in each match, averaging a remarkable 70.8 per cent. Yet on each occasion, their opponents soaked up pressure before striking hard and fast on the break.
Howe’s men are built to counter, so this approach will suit them.
Brighton home defeats under De Zerbi
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If Newcastle's counter-attacking strategy is performed well, Gordon definitely has the attributes and form to cause problems, much like he did to Liverpool.