Brighton boss Chris Hughton upbeat ahead of meeting with former club Newcastle

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Now on loan with La Liga side Girona, he stated that Pep Guardiola's remarks about him when they met in England persuaded him to join the 2014 English Premier League champions.

And Ritchie - who set up both United's goals at St James's Park - isn't getting carried away with the club's three-game winning run.

The hosts welcome back Glenn Murray, Gaetan Bong and Izzy Brown from injury, while Sam Baldock, Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal will all miss out.

This will be the 15th league meeting between these two clubs, but the first in the English top flight.

However, owner Mike Ashley revealed last month that the club can not compete with the Premier League's big spenders, even with the additional TV revenue, and Benitez had to settle with just six new additions to a Championship-level squad.

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Rafa Benitez says Newcastle's past encounters with Brighton in the Championship will have no bearing on this weekend's clash.

BOSS Chris Hughton wants a win against Newcastle, not revenge, to give Albion a "decent start" in the Premier League.

Newcastle won more points in their last Premier League away game (1-0 v Swansea - three points) than they had in their previous 12 Premier League away trips combined (W0 D2 L10).

Jamaal Lascelles has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances for Newcastle United - the only defender to score in three in a row in the competition for the Magpies is Steven Taylor in May 2011. The German, who has been involved in all four league goals, bagging two himself, is valued only as the 12th most likely player to score - 7/2 (4.5) to hit the net anytime. The new deal voids the previous terms of his loan agreement, barring him from performing against Newcastle.

"We are in a good position and we think we can win, but it is not that we will go there and be favourites, we will try to compete, to win and be confident we can do it, but at the same time I think they will have the same feeling".