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Benitez anticipates Brighton battle

21 Sep 2017
Rafael Benitez, Newcastle United

Newcastle manager expecting difficult PL challenge, despite beating the Seagulls twice last season

Rafael Benitez insists that Newcastle United's match with Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday will be a complete contrast from their two Championship encounters last season.

The Magpies were the only side to emerge victorious both home and away against Brighton during the 2016/17 campaign, before beating them to the league title by a single point.

But Benitez is under no illusions as Newcastle search for a third consecutive Premier League win. 

“I think it will be totally different. Last year was last year – it was another competition and everything will be different,” Benitez told

"We know each other really well and it will be difficult for both."

See: Benitez: There is still more to come from this side

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