Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Newcastle United expected starting XI versus Brighton - with big Allan Saint-Maximin call made

Newcastle United host Brighton and Hove Albion looking to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight matches.

Newcastle United host Brighton and Hove Albion looking to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight matches.

Eddie Howe’s side have been in tremendous form since the turn of the year with four wins and two draws significantly boosting their survival hopes.

The Magpies now sit four points above the relegation zone, with the visit of Brighton spelling the start of four games in 12 days for United.

Interestingly, Newcastle have never beaten the Seagulls in the Premier League - but they’ll be hoping that changes now.

The big team news is Allan Saint-Maximin’s fitness, with Howe revealing another late call will be made on the winger.

The Frenchman has missed the last two games with a calf injury, where he returned to France for specialised treatment.

Will he return against Brighton? Will Howe make any changes to his starting XI?

Here’s the line-up we expected the 44-year-old to name:

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