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High-flying Brighton aim to return to winning ways against dismal Leicester
Brighton to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Brighton and Hove, Amex StadiumBet Now
Brighton’s Premier League ambitions were brought down to earth in their last fixture, losing 2-1 to an impressive Fulham side.
Nevertheless, Graham Potter’s Brighton continue to play excellent football. While they are highly unlikely to finish in their current top-four position, they are making a strong claim to finish higher than last season’s 9th.
The Seagulls completed a tidy bit of transfer business on deadline day, signing Billy Gilmour from Chelsea to play in midfield. He could make his debut here.
Leicester continued their abysmal start to the season by losing against Manchester United.
Their opponents were wasteful in front of goal, but it didn’t matter. Leicester offered very little going forward and never looked like getting anything from the game.
Will the wait for their first win end here?
Reasons to be cheerful:
May have too much intensity and quality for Leicester
Took four points from a possible six against the Foxes last season
Reasons to be fearful:
Leicester’s need for points will make them desperate
Can they recover from defeat against Fulham?
Brighton will relish the opportunity of a home game against Leicester. The Seagulls’ home form has been excellent in recent times and Leicester are in real trouble.
The home side have the tightest defence so far this season, conceding only three goals and keeping three clean sheets. With Leicester looking unable to score, that’s a big plus for Potter’s side.
Their record against Leicester has been good of late too. They won one and drew the other of their two meetings last season. In their five home games against the Foxes, they’ve never conceded a goal.
All of this points in Brighton’s favour, although they know they’ll need to bounce back from defeat against Fulham to avoid a slipup here.
Star Man – Pascal Gross
Even when he’s not scoring, the Brighton forward always puts in a shift. The positions he takes up can cause the opposition so many problems, and you’d expect him to do the same here.
Reasons to be cheerful
New defensive signing Wout Faes could come straight in
Have scored in all but two of their last 28 league games
Reasons to be fearful
Defeat would mean five consecutive losses
Poor performances have clearly left the side stripped of confidence
Leicester’s lack of confidence was there for all to see in their defeat to Manchester United in midweek.
They looked completely clueless at times and, although Manchester United weren’t at their best, their opponents never looked troubled in the game. It was a concerning sign of the times for Leicester right now.
In order for them to turn things around, Brendan Rodgers will have to work his magic. Their first route to a positive result will be by tightening up their defence.
Wout Faes has been signed from France to fill the hole left by Wes Fofana at the back and could well come straight in. Whether that will be enough to kickstart a revival, we’ll see.
Leicester could do with a big performance here.
Star Man – James Maddison
The attacking midfielder was the one Leicester player who looked like he might create something against Manchester United. He needs more from his teammates, but a piece of magic could work wonders.
Should be an even game
Jamie Vardy has a habit of scoring on Sunday fixtures
Brighton’s home record is excellent
Leicester will eventually secure their first win of the season, it’s just a matter of when.
Sunday matches have been kind to Leicester in the past, especially their striker Jamie Vardy. He scores a goal every 120 minutes on this particular matchday, which is his best ratio.
Brighton play brilliantly at home, however. Inspired by their fans, they have made the Amex Stadium a fortress in recent seasons.
It’ll be a tight game, especially as Leicester are unlikely to be as bad as they were against Manchester United.
A Brighton win is the smart option, but it could go either way.
Brighton to win 1-0
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