Meanwhile, Brighton have lost their last two games against Bournemouth both in the Premier League and EFL Cup, but Chris Hughton's side can take solace from knowing that they won their last home game against West Brom in the league.
"Newcastle will be a tougher test, there was just a point between the two over the course of 46 games in the toughest league in the world last season and I still think we are pretty closely matched".
They are also 23/20 (2.15) to score last, which translates to a probability of 47%.
A back injury means Steve Sidwell remains unavailable, while Beram Kayal is a long-term absentee having broken his leg.
For Rafa Benitez's side, Paul Dummett remains sidelined whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic is suspended.
The promoted Magpies head into the weekend sitting in fourth place after three successive league victories and targeting another at Brighton on Sunday.
This will be the 15th league meeting between these two clubs, but the first in the English top-flight.
One former Newcastle player who will be hoping to feature against his former club is Tim Krul.
"The players' mindsets have been very good and so has the training and what we need to do is put as much of that into practice on the main arena and the next opportunity is against Newcastle".
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.
He added: "In terms of performance, it is more or less what I expected". It is important to have confidence but approach the game the same way as the last three games. It could have gone so differently, but it didn't through a lot of hard work from everyone involved.