WFC v BHAFC (26/8/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in their 3rd game of the Premier League, still looking for their first points of the season.

Watford Team News;

Watford will be without Jose Holebas after he was sent off in midweek against Bristol City. They are also without a number of key players; Younes Kaboul, Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate all miss the visit of the Seagulls.

Last Time Out;

Watford were defeated in the Carabao Cup by Bristol City, and the first PL team to be knocked out. After Etienne Capoue opened the scoring, City scored through Freddie Hinds, Bobby Reid, and Niclas Eliasson. Holebas was sent off between the 2nd and 3rd City goals, before Adrian Mariappa scored a consolation goal late on.

Top Scorer; Capoue (2)

Form; D, W, L

FACT; Andre Gray has scored in his previous 4 starts against the Seagulls.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will have Jose Izquierdo available for the first time, after he received his international clearance during the week, although he is expected to be named as a sub. Anthony Knockaert is in line for his first PL start for the Seagulls, while Steve Sidwell is back after missing out last week’s loss at Leicester; Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are both still unavailable.

Last Time Out;

Brighton progressed into the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup after beating Barnet, thanks to a early second half strike from 19 year old James Tilley; it was his first senior goal for the club.

Top Scorer; Tilley (1)

Form; L, L, W

FACT; Brighton have won just once in their last 30 top-flight away matches; the last win was at Swansea back in 1983.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[2] WFC (25/4/15);

Brighton went down 2-0 to the Hornets, as they secured promotion back to the Premier League thanks to goals from Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 43 of the 110 games played between the 2 sides, with Watford winning 35 times. Watford are unbeaten against Brighton in the last 5 games, winning 3 of them, and Brighton’s last win against Saturdays opponents was back in 2012 at Vicarage Road.

Watford Likely Line-Up;

Gomes;

Britos, Kiko, Prodl, Mason;

Cleverly, Chalobah, Doucoure;

Amrabat, Gray, Richardlison;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Murphy;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Watford 1-1 Brighton

 

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BHAFC v BFC (22/8/17) | EFL Cup 2nd Round Match Review

Brighton recorded their first win of the new season, as the progressed to the 3rd round of the EFL Cup, after a slender 1-0 win against a dogged Barnet side.

As anticipated, boss Chris Hughton made 11 changes to the side beaten by Leicester City on Saturday. The most eye-catching name in the starting line-up was 18-year-old midfielder Jayson Molumby, who was neat and tidy in possession throughout and involved in the goal. Albion predictably dominated possession early on, but their only chance in the opening third of the contest came after Richie Towell and Knockeart had combined nicely in midfield. Anthony Knockeart threaded a pass into the path of Tomer Hemed, but Ricardo Santos did enough to prevent it from testing former Whitehawk goalkeeper Craig Ross. Barnet were quick to funnel men behind the ball when the hosts threatened, but Albion should have scored in the 33rd minute. David Tutonda gave the ball away to Knockeart, who raced into the box and side-stepped a defender to make space but Ross blocked his shot with his left leg. Knockeart was booked for dissent as the teams left the field at the break and James Tilley replaced him at half-time in a double change, which saw Ales Mateju come on for Gaetan Bong to make his senior debut for the Seagulls. And it took just eight minutes for Tilley to make an impact. Skipper Liam Rosenior was found by Molumby’s inch-perfect pass, as he burst into the penalty area and when his shot was blocked, Tilley was on hand to volley it past Ross from ten yards. It was a deserved reward for a purposeful start to the second half by the Seagulls, but Barnet should have levelled three minutes later. Jack Taylor’s cross was met by a powerful header from Jamal Campbell-Ryce which Niki Maenpaa brilliantly parried. Ricardo Santos reacted quickest but could only find the side-netting with this close-range header. The visitors had responded impressively to going behind and went even closer in the 70th minute when Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro thudded a close-range effort against the post, with Uwe Huenemeier getting an important deflection on his effort. There was a special moment in the 75th minute when 17-year-old striker Aaron Connolly became the first player born in this century to represent the senior side when he replaced Hemed. Connolly had little chance to impress in the closing stages with Albion forced to protect their lead doggedly, as Barnet pushed more men forward, but thanks to Tilley’s composed finish they will be in the 3rd Round of the cup, and will face Bournemouth away; just 4 days after playing them in the Premier League.

Subs;                                                                          Subs;

Tilley —> Knockaert (46)                                     Akinola —> Campbell-Ryce (65)

Mateju —> Bong (46)                                            Amaluzor —> Coulthirst (71)

Connolly —> Hemed (76)                                     Bover —> Akpa-Akpro (76)

BHAFC [1]-[0] BFC; Tilley (53);

Att; 11,414 (678 Barnet)

Albion MOTM; Molumby

BHAFC v BFC (22/8/17) | EFL Cup 2nd Round Match Preview

Brighton will try and claim their first win of the new season, when they host Barnet in the 2nd round of the EFL Cup.

Barnet Team News;

John Akinde and Richard Brindley are still recovering from knocks received during pre-season and are unlikely to feature, while Elliot Johnson is out for most of the season with a serious knee injury.

Last Time Out;

Barnet were defeated 1-0 away to Crewe; a goal from Chris Porter in the 75th minute was enough to claim the 3 points.

Top Scorer; Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (2)

Form; D, W, W, L

Brighton Team News;

Brighton’s new club record signing Jose Izquierdo will not feature on Tuesday due to lack of match fitness, but Anthony Knockaert will start his first game of the season. new under 21 signings Soufyan Ahannach and Ales Mateju are likely to make their senior debuts. Chris Hughton is expected to make wholesome changes to give fringe players some game time; this includes Richie Towell, Niki Maenpaa and Rohan Ince.

Last Time Out;

Brighton fell to a 2nd successive 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester; goals from Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire were enough to seal the 3 points for the 2016 Premier League champions.

Top Scorer; N/A

Form; L, L

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [4]-[0] BFC (12/8/08);

Brighton coasted to a 4-0 win in the League Cup 1st round over a decade ago. A brace from Adam Virgo and goals from Nicky Forster and Matt Richards saw them safely through to the next round; where they played and beat Manchester City.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 10 of the 17 meetings played between the sides, while Barnet have claimed victory 4 times. Brighton have won the last 5 games and have scored 12 in that time; the last 2 home games have seen Brighton put 4 past Barnet in each.

Barnet Likely Line-Up;

Stephens;

Taylor, Santos, Nelson, Clough, Tutonda;

Vilhelm, Campbell-Ryce, Weston;

Coulthirst, Akpa Akpro

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Maenpaa;

Mateju, Goldson, Hunemeier, Bong;

Knockaert, Ince, Propper, Ahannach;

Towell;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 3-0 Barnet

LCFC v BHAFC (19/8/17) | Match Review

Brighton fell to a second defeat in as many games, after a 2-0 lose away at 2016 Premier League champions Leciester.

A big positive from the performance last Saturday was the tight rearguard action that kept the visitors at bay for 70 minutes, but it was an altogether different scenario against Leicester City, where the hosts were ahead inside the opening minute. Caught out by a trademark Foxes counter-attack, winger Riyad Mahrez cut in from the right flank and his low shot was parried by Albion keeper Maty Ryan. On hand inside the six-yard box was Shinji Okazaki, who reacted first to sweep home his second goal in two games. Lifted by their dream start, Jamie Vardy missed a good opportunity to extend the lead as the hosts continued to search for a second; but Albion managed to weather the storm and gradually got a foothold in the game with some tidy patterns of play. Indeed, Glenn Murray had the ball in the back of the net on 24 minutes when he let the ball drop over his shoulder before drilling past Kasper Schmeichel, but replays showed him a good yard offside when he met Solly March’s cross. Albion also had strong claims for a penalty soon after when Jamie Murphy’s drilled effort hit a combination of Wes Morgan’s arm and chest, but referee Lee Probert waved play on. Leicester, happy to play on the break, thought they had doubled their lead shortly before the interval when Vardy cut the ball back from the right-hand side of the box, but the onrushing Okazaki flashed his effort narrowly wide of the target. The Seagulls started the second half in the ascendancy, dominating possession while looking assured on the ball, but it was the Foxes who delivered a sucker-punch when Harry Maguire rose to head home a Mahrez corner with 54 minutes on the clock. Albion’s first opportunity of the half came eight minutes later when Murray failed to connect with a March cross, so to provide fresh attacking impetus, Chris Hughton sent on Anthony Knockaert, who received a rapturous reception from both sets of fans. The introduction of the Frenchman certainly triggered the Seagulls into a sustained spell of forward pressure, with fellow sub Tomer Hemed forcing a good save out of Schmeichel with a 20-yard effort. March also brought a save out of the Leicester keeper but, unfortunately, it was a bridge too far for the side to get anything out of the game. Albion will, however, take heart from the way they played in the second half as they continue their Premier League journey with a trip to Watford next on the agenda.

Subs;                                                                             Subs;

Slimani —> Okazaki (76)                                           Knockaert —> Gross (62)

Gray —> Vardy (90)                                                    Hemed —> Murray (66)

 

LCFC [2]-[0]BHAFC ; Okazaki (1), Maguire (54);

Att; 31,902 (3,300 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March

LCFC v BHAFC (19/8/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City for their first away Premier League match, and hoping to collect their first points.

Leicester Team News;

Leicester will be without Danny Drinkwater, Vicente Iborra, Robert Huth and Nampalys Mendy, while new signing Kelechi Iheanacho has visited a specialist for his toe injury, but could still feature.

Last Time Out; AFC 4-3 LCFC

Leicester fell to an opening day 4-3 defeat to Arsenal. After going behind from Alex Lacazette’s early opener, Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead. Danny Welbeck scored on the stroke of half-time to level the scores; but after the break Vardy restored the lead. 2 goals in 2 minutes at the end of the game from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud saw the Gunners to victory.

Top Scorer; Jamie Vardy (2)

Form; L

FACT; Jamie Vardy has provided 19 assists since the start of the 2014/15 season, second to only James Milner among English players.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be without Izzy Brown, after the winger picked up a hamstring injury during last weekend’s defeat against Man City. Jose Izquierdo wont feature after signing for a club record fee, with Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal still sidelined.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 0-2 MCFC

Brighton were defeated in their opening game in the Premier League by Manchester City. After holding out the title favourites for 70 minutes, Sergio Aguero pounced on a defensive error to break the deadlock, before Lewis Dunk turned into his own net 5 minutes later

Top Scorer; N/A

Form; L

FACT; Midfielder Pascal Gross covered the most ground by any player during opening weekend (12.8km).

Last Time We Met: LCFC [1]-[4] BHAFC (8/4/14);

Brighton won comfortably last time the two sides met; goals from Stephen Ward, Jesse Lingard and a brace from current Foxes player Leo Ulloa put the Seagulls 4-0 up, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher netting a consolation goal.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 13 of the 29 games played between the 2 sides, with the Foxes winning 11. Brighton have lost just once in the last 5 games and both have scored in the previous 3 meetings. Brighton’s record at Leicester isn’t too impressive though, winning just 5 of 15 games

Likely Line-Up;

Schmeichel;

Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs;

Albrighton, Ndidi, Amartey, Mahrez;

Vardy, Slimani;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan,

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Murphy;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Leicester 1-1 Brighton

 

BHAFC v MCFC (12/8/17) | Match Review

It was spirited, it was gallant and it was all to play for until the closing stages of the game, but Brighton's Premier League debut ended in defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Pitted against the title favourites, who boast an array of world-class talent, it says much for the Seagulls’ endeavour that it took 70 minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock through Sergio Aguero, with a Lewis Dunk own goal putting the game out of reach soon after.

The pre-game statistics certainly made for interesting reading; the City starting line-up boasting 1,199 Premier League games between them, the Albion just seven. It really was a case of Chris Hughton’s men entering the unknown against a side who lived up to their pre-match billing, dominating possession and dictating the pace of the game. Inevitably, they created the first chance when Kyle Walker got to the byline, but his low cross was, uncharacteristically, miscued by Aguero. Gabriel Jesus also had joy down the right flank moments later, but Shane Duffy made a vital interception. Maty Ryan would have gained confidence having held on to a dipping Kevin de Bruyne free-kick, but with 77 per cent of the possession in the opening quarter of an hour, the tone was set: defence versus attack, and a test of how the Albion rearguard could handle whatever came their way. Chris Hughton was forced into a change in the 24th minute when Izzy Brown suffered a hamstring injury – to be replaced by Jamie Murphy – and although it was frustrating to see the Chelsea loanee leave the pitch after his promising start, it gave everyone in blue and white a chance to catch their breath. The pattern of play was restored soon after, however, and the ball was in the back of the Albion net on 27 minutes when Gabriel Jesus got in behind Lewis Dunk, only to use his hand to guide the ball past the Ryan. A collision with the Albion keeper left the Brazilian needing attention and to rub further salt into the wounds, he was cautioned by referee Michael Oliver for his actions. Jesus then had a guilt-edged chance to break the deadlock on 33 minutes when he connected with Aguero’s dinked cross, but Ryan pulled off a superb reflex save and the City striker then hit his rebound against the post. Yet Albion stood strong, stayed organised, and with Solly March willing to carry the ball from deep and Dale Stephens’ searching balls looking to hit the pace of runners Pascal Gross and Murphy, the game was scoreless at the break. Duffy, alongside Dunk, had a heroic opening half but an under-hit backpass by the Irishman shortly after the break let in Aguero, only for the City striker to screw his effort wide with just Ryan to beat. Albion immediately broke forward and a superb, pin-point cross from Markus Suttner was met by Davy Propper, but Danilo sent the ball out for a corner. The resulting centre ended with Duffy’s shot on the turn deflecting away for a corner, while Dunk’s low effort skimmed narrowly wide after Ederson had flapped at another ball into his six-yard box. City had appeals for a penalty waved away when De Bruyne’s shot struck the arm of Dunk; but the visitors were all smiles in the 70th minute when a sweeping move involving the Belgian and David Silva saw the ball fall into the path of Aguero, who swept home from close range. It was two soon after when Fernandinho crossed from the right for Jesus, only for Dunk to unfortunately steer his header past Ryan. It effectively ended the game as a contest but Albion would have taken plenty from the 90 minutes; they were in the game for long periods and will head to Leicester next weekend with plenty of heart.

Subs;                                                                          Subs;

Murphy —> Brown (24)                                         Sane —> Danilo (68)

Murray —> Hemed (60)                                          Sterling —> Jesus (78)

Knockaert —> March (77)                                      Bernardo Silva —> Aguero (83)

BHAFC [0]-[2] MCFC; Aguero (70), Dunk (75 O.G);

Att; 30,415 (3,025 Man City)

Albion MOTM; March

BHAFC v MCFC (12/8/17) | Match Preview

Brighton begin life in the Premier League with a home game against hot title favourites Manchester City.

Man City Team News;

Man City will be without new signing Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan, but will have new signings Kyle Walker, Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Danilo all poised to make their competitive debuts. Pep Guardiola has spent over £133 million on full-backs alone this transfer window; more than Brighton paid for their stadium and training ground put together, stating the financial power of playing in the Premier League.

Last Time Out;

Man City 3-0 West Ham; Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling were all on the score sheet as City closed their pre-season with a comfortable win against the Hammers

Form; L, W, W, W

FACT; City have bought 5 of the 10 most expensive defenders (Walker, Mendy, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi & Eliaquim Mangala)

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be without Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock, but received a big boost with Solly March declaring himself fit for the match; Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray both played 45 minutes mid-week to boost their pre-season minutes. New signings Davy Propper, Maty Ryan, Izzy Brown, Markus Suttner and Pascal Gross are all expected to make their competitive Albion debuts, but new record signing Jose Izquierdo is unavailable due to work permit issues.

Last Time Out;

Brighton 2-3 Atletico Madrid; Brighton were narrowly beaten by Madrid after pegging the Spanish side back twice. Gross and Steve Sidwell were on the scoresheet for the Seagulls, while Nicolas Gaetan, Fernando Torres and Lucas Hernandez scored for Atleti.

Form; W, W, W, D, D, L

FACT; Brighton have broken their club record transfer amount 3 times this summer thus far.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[2] MCFC (24/9/08) – BHAFC won 5-3 on penalties;

Brighton pulled off the shock of the competition back in 2008, after they beat Man City in the 2nd round of the League Cup; a team which consisted of Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Sturridge and Kasper Schmeichel. Murray and Joe Anyinsah scored for Albion, while Gelson Fernandes and Stephen Ireland were on target in the 120 minutes for City. Brighton won 5-3 on penalties.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 5 of the 17 meetings between the 2 sides, while City have secured victory 8 times. Brighton have won the last 2 games between the sides, including the last league game back in 1989. The home side has scored in each of the matches bar 2 games, while 10 of the 13 wins have been via the home team.

Man City Likely Line-Up;

Ederson;

Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Stones, Danilo;

Fernandinho, Yaya Toure;

Sterling, de Bruyne, D.Silva;

Aguero

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Brown;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-2 Man City

 

Build-Up To The New Season – West Ham

Team: West Ham

Nickname: The Hammers

Founded: 1895

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Stadium Name: London Stadium

Stadium Capacity:

Major Honours:

Main Rivals: Millwall, Chelsea, Tottenham

Biggest Win v Brighton: 6-0 (April 2012)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 3-0 (December 1909, September 1989)

Last Meeting: West Ham 6-0 Brighton (14/4/12)

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 21st October (London Stadium), Saturday 3rd February (AMEX Stadium)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

Defender: Pablo Zabaleta

Midfielder: Marko Arnautovic

Striker: Javier Hernandez

 

After a superb season prior to last, West Ham's fortunes turned sour after a disappointing season. 5 defeats in their first 6 games, and just 3 wins in their first 15 saw them a couple point above the relegation places with fans booing players and manager throughout home games. A 3 game win streak saw them move up the table, but the second half of the season was much the same with bruising defeats to rivals Chelsea, Bournmouth, Arsenal and Man City in the F.A Cup. They did have a good end to the season, losing just once in the final 6, and finished a respectable 11th considering they were around the bottom 3 for much of the season. With some shrewd signing this summer, West Ham will be looking to head back to Europe, and become a driving force once again, and with signings like Hernandez, Zabaleta and Arnautovic WEst Ham will be a tough nut to crack.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 11th

Predicted Finish 11th

Build-Up To The New Season – West Brom

Team: West Bromwich Albion

Nickname: The Baggies

Founded: 1878

Manager: Tony Pulis

Stadium Name: The Hawthorns

Stadium Capacity: 26,852

Major Honours: (1) First Division, (3) Second Division, (5) F.A Cup, (1) League Cup, (2) Community Shield

Main Rivals: Wolves, Aston Villa, Birmingham

Biggest Win v Brighton: 5-0 (September 1982)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 3-1 (March 1993)

Last Meeting: West Brom 3-1 Brighton (3/4/93)

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 9th September (AMEX Stadium), Saturday 13th January (The Hawthorns)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Ben Foster

Defender: Gareth McAuley

Midfielder: Claudio Yacob

Striker: Jay Rodriguez

 

West Brom are one of those teams in the Premier League who wont battle for Europe and wont be in a relegation scrap, they are happy to sit in mid-table. It was much of the same last season too, finishing 10th after a long period of being inside the top 8 (18 games). Much like most team sin the Premier, they pick most of their points up at home, but fair pretty badly on the road, and that was no exception last year; 9 home wins compared to 3 away. Had they not gone on their 8 game winless run in their final 8 games of the season, they could have finished much higher. You would expect them this season to be in the same position as previous campaigns and another top 10 finish is the most likely outcome.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 10th

Predicted Finish 9th

Build-Up To The New Season – Watford

Team: Watford

Nickname: Hornets

Founded: 1881

Manager: Marco Silva

Stadium Name: Vicarage Road

Stadium Capacity: 21,438

Major Honours: (2) Third Division, (1) Fourth Division

Main Rivals: Luton

Biggest Win v Brighton: 5-0 (March 1931)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 6-0 (April 1958)

Last Meeting:

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 26th August (Vicarage Road), Saturday 23rd December (AMEX Stadium)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Costal Pantilimon

Defender: Sebastian Prodl

Midfielder: Will Hughes

Striker: Troy Deeney

 

Watford will be hoping to do much better than last year when this season kicks-off. They had one of the toughest starts to the season; playing Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United all inside their first 5 games, although they did beat United. Throughout the season they were winning games and losing games back to back near enough, and got to the 'magical 40 point mark' with 6 games to spare, however they fell from a promising 10th place to 17th after losing all of their last 6 including a last day 5-0 hammering against Man City. Marco Silva couldn't keep up Hull last season much to his best efforts, but this could arguably be a tougher task. When Watford are good they can beat anyone, but they have been off more than on in recent seasons, and dicing too close with danger could ultimately cost them their Premier League status.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 17th

Predicted Finish 18th