It's early in the Premier League season, but both Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion need to find their form.
Two clubs near the bottom of the league table meet up Saturday at St James' Park.
There was reason to believe prior to the season that 2019-20 could pose some significant challenges for both of these sides. Whilst Newcastle (1-1-3) comfortably finished above the drop zone last season, they are holding middling expectations for this campaign.
Five games into this season and heading into this matchday, the Magpies sit atop the relegation zone with only a stunning - albeit impressive - upset at Tottenham Hotspur as their highlight to date.
This weekend, Newcastle will try to rebound from last weekend's 3-1 loss at Liverpool and win at home for the first time in three tries this season.
"We need to make sure we don't let our heads drop," captain Jamaal Lascelles told Newcastle's official website following the defeat to Liverpool. "We have a big game against Brighton coming up, and it's one we need to be getting three points from. So, that's what we'll be looking to do."
Star Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin is training again following a lengthy absence from a groin injury. It's uncertain, though, as to when the U.S. international will be available to feature in a Premier League match.
"I'm getting closer and closer," Yedlin said. "It's just about going out and proving every day what I can do in training, and hopefully getting an opportunity in the games."
Four different players have been responsible for Newcastle's four league goals this season.
Brighton (1-2-2), who enter this matchday two spots above the relegation zone, have scored five goals in 2019-20. However, just one - from Neal Maupay in the 51st minute of last weekend's 1-1 draw with Burnley - whilst going 0-1-2 over the last three contests.
Though the Seagulls managed an always-crucial point against the Clarets, the fact they gave up the equalizer to the visitors in the first minute of second-half stoppage time proved massively disappointing. Now it's time to move on and make up for that by charging for a full three this weekend against a side also in need of a good showing.
"We have to be positive, that's important after a disappointing feeling," midfielder Pascal Gross told Brighton's official website. "There were plenty of positive things to take from that game, the only negative for us is the result. We can improve, of course. And, we'll look to do that."
Brighton have enjoyed the better form between these sides over the last two Premier League seasons, going 2-2-0. The Seagulls used a 29th-minute goal from Beram Kayal to win 1-0 at St James' last season.