BHAFC v CFC (20/1/18) | Match Preview

Brighton host reigning PL champions Chelsea in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday afternoon, in what should be a thrilling contest between the 2 sides, with both teams needing the win for different reasons.

Chelsea Team News;

Chelsea will be without 5 key players for the game on Saturday; Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after midweek red cards, while Gary Cahill, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are out injured.

Last Time Out; CFC 1-1 NCFC

Chelsea were forced to go into extra time in their F.A Cup replay with Norwich. Michy Batshuayi put the hosts in front, before Jamal Lewis equalised in the 94th minute. Pedro and Morata received their marching orders in the additional 30 minutes of play, before Chelsea won 5-3 on penalties.

Top Scorer; Morata (12)

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

FACT; Chelsea can go winless for the first 3 PL games in a calendar year for the first time in 23 years.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell is the only absentee.

Last Time Out; WBAFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton slumped to another away defeat against West Brom; Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson getting the goals

Top Scorer; Murray (7)

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

FACT; Brighton have conceded the most set-pieced goals in the PL this season (16); however they have the 2nd best record when conceding from open play (8), Manchester United lead the way (7).

Earlier In The Season: CFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (26/12/17);

Brighton lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge; goals from Morata and Marcos Alonso sealed the points for the 2016/17 PL champions.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won just once in 9 meetings with the Blues, while Chelsea have won the last 7 meetings; Brighton’s only win against them was at home in the first ever meeting. The Seagulls have scored in 3 of the 5 home games played, although Chelsea have scored in all 5.

Chelsea Likely Line-Up;

Caballero;

Rudiger, Christiansen, Azpilacueta;

Moses, Kante, Barkley, Alonso;

Hazard, Willian;

Batshuayi;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea

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WBAFC v BHAFC (13/1/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns and slip to 16th in the Premier League table. Headed goals in either half from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson were enough to give the hosts their first win for 20 league matches on a disappointing afternoon for the Seagulls. Chris Hughton made eight changes to the side that defeated Crystal Palace in The Emirates FA Cup on Monday evening. Gaetan Bong, Dale Stephens and Jose Izquierdo all retained their places in the starting eleven, but the boss rang the changes across the rest of the side as the Seagulls returned to Premier League action.

The first chance of the contest went to the visitors as Izquierdo was found by Pascal Gross on the left-hand side of the penalty area – but he curled a shot wide of Ben Foster’s left-hand post. West Brom took the lead just four minutes into the contest. Matt Phillips delivered a corner from the right-hand side, and as the set-piece was flicked on by Jay Rodriguez at the near post, Evans headed home unmarked. Phillips delivered another set-piece soon after that Dawson headed wide as the home side continued in the ascendency. Anthony Knockaert’s first involvement of the afternoon was to cross to the back post looking for Glenn Murray, but the striker was beaten to the ball by Foster who claimed well. A neat exchange between Stephens and Murray ended in Davy Propper’s shot deflecting up into the air, while Izquierdo was then crowded out and penalised after working himself some space in the penalty area. Murray volleyed over from an Albion break as Hughton’s men looked to have established a foothold in the contest, while Lewis Dunk’s effort was also blocked by Dawson following a Knockaert free-kick. Propper then whipped in an inviting ball which just missed the outstretched leg of Murray as he made a diagonal run across the box, while Maty Ryan was off his line sharply to deny Dawson at the other end, as the game opened up. A neat combination between Murray and Gross then saw the latter fire over before referee Martin Atkinson brought the half to a close. Solly March replaced Izquierdo at the interval, and the first opportunity of the second period came seven minutes in when Bruno let fly from distance to force Foster into a save. But it was the hosts who doubled their advantage from another set-piece as Dawson met a corner from the left and headed down into the ground before the ball looped up into the roof of the net. March and Gross then saw crosses cleared in quick succession, before Sam Baldock came on in place of the latter with 25 minutes remaining as the Seagulls made their second switch. Baldock was involved immediately as he got in behind the home defence and found Murray; the forward then squared for Knockaert but the midfielder blazed over the bar from inside the area. March weaved his way inside and saw another ball into the area hacked clear before Shane Duffy’s header back across goal couldn’t find a visiting player. Propper made way for Beram Kayal in Albion’s final change but the hosts saw out the closing stages of the contest to claim victory.

 West Brom Subs; Brighton Subs;
Livermore —> Rodriguez (79) March —> Izquierdo (46)
Nyom —> Dawson (81) Baldock —> Gross (65)
McAuley —> Evans (83) Kayal —> Propper (76)

WBAFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Evans (4), Dawson (55);

Att; 25,240 (2,300 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March

WBAFC v BHAFC (13/1/18) | Match Preview

Brighton travel away to the Midlands to face a West Brom side, who haven’t won a league game since the 2nd game of the season, and yet to win a league game under new manager Alan Pardew

West Brom Team News;

West Brom trio Jonny Evans, Kieran Gibbs and Matt Phillips are all back in contention, but James Morrison and Nader Chadli are both out.

Last Time Out; ECFC 0-2 WBAFC

West Brom won their first game under Alan Pardew with a F.A Cup win at Exeter; Saloman Rondon and Jay Rodriguez with the goals.

Top Scorer;Rondon, Rodriguez (5)

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

FACT; West Brom are enduring a club record winless run of 20 league games, losing 10 of them.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton are without Izzy Brown and Steve Sidwell, with the former returning to Chelsea after a season-ending knee injury.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 2-1 CPFC

Brighton beat rivals Crystal Palace in the F.A Cup; Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray scored either side of Bakary Sako’s goal.

Top Scorer; Murray (7)

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

FACT; The Seagulls have failed to score in a league high 8 away games.

Earlier In The Season: BHAFC [3]-[1] WBAFC (9/9/17);

Brighton won their first PL game in the reverse fixture in September; Pascal Gross scored a brace along with a Tomer Hemed goal, before James Morrison scored a consolation goal.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 5 of the 21 games played against the Baggies, while the home side has won 9 times. Brighton have won 3 of the last 4 meetings, but haven’t won at The Hawthorns since the first ever meeting back in 1976.

West Brom Likely Line-Up;

Foster;

Brunt, Evans, Hegazi, Gibbs;

Yacob, Krychowiak;

Rodriguez, Livermore, McClean;

Rondon;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

West Brom 0-0 Brighton

BHAFC v CPFC (8/1/18) | F.A Cup 3rd Round Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion progressed to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round after a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Amex. Dale Stephens gave Albion a 25th-minute lead before Bakary Sako equalised in the second half, but Glenn Murray came off the bench to grab the headlines against his former club when he scored a late winner. Chris Hughton rang the changes for the third round tie, as eight players came into the line-up following the 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

Albion were dealt an early blow when Izzy Brown was forced off injured and replaced by Sam Baldock in the fifth minute with Baldock making his first appearance of the season. Hughton’s men worked their first opening when Beram Kayal found Gaetan Bong out on the left and the Cameroon defender whipped in an enticing delivery towards Solly March, whose downward header was tipped over by Wayne Hennessey. Palace also had to make an early enforced change when Jeffrey Schlupp came off injured and was replaced by Pape Souare. The visitors created their first meaningful opportunities of the game when Tim Krul was forced into a low save at his near post to deny Sako before Andros Townsend’s curling strike was superbly blocked by Kayal. Kayal’s Israeli compatriot Tomer Hemed had the next chance for the Seagulls when he met Solly March’s corner with a bullet header that was straight at Hennessey. The deadlock was broken with 25 minutes on the clock thanks to Stephens, who latched onto Ezequiel Schelotto’s pass and saw his close-range strike squirm past Hennessy. The visitors nearly restored parity in an innocuous fashion when Sako broke through down the right, and Uwe Huenemeier diverted the former’s cross-shot just past the post. March came close to doubling Albion’s lead with the deftest of touches from Ezequiel Schelotto’s pass, but Hennessey was on hand to make a save at his near post. The winger was involved in the thick of the action again shortly after the re-start when he was picked out by Bong from the left, but the former couldn’t keep his shot on target. Hemed was next to come close from inside the box when his shot was deflected wide, before Huenemeier headed the subsequent corner over the bar. Hughton’s men were left to rue their missed chances when Palace drew level on 69 minutes through Sako, whose fierce right-footed strike from distance clipped in off the post and beat Tim Krul. The Malian international almost found the net again moments later after getting the better of Connor Goldson, but his shot hit the side netting. Albion broke forward straight down the other end and Baldock saw his shot come back off the post after a sweeping move, before March picked out Kayal inside the box and the latter sent his effort over the bar. Hemed had another chance to restore Albion’s advantage when substitute Davy Propper’s shot deflected into his path, but his effort on the turn was easily saved by Hennessey. It proved to be Hemed’s last act before being replaced by Glenn Murray, but it was Baldock who had Albion’s next chance. Albion’s number nine was brilliantly played through on goal by Kayal, but the Seagulls frontman agonisingly blazed his strike over the bar. Just as the game looked to be heading towards a replay, Murray got the second decisive goal when the ball took a clip off his knee from Huenemeier’s header across the box to seal Albion’s place in round four. The Seagulls will now face a trip to the Riverside in round four of the competition in three weeks’ time.

Brighton Subs; Crystal Palace Subs;
Baldock —> Brown (6) Souare —> Schlupp (13)
Propper —> Stephens (61) Kaikai —> Townsend (46)
Murray —> Hemed (81)

BHAFC [2]-[1] CPFC; Stephens (25), Murray (87); Sako (69);

Att; 14,507 (1,981 Crystal Palace)

Albion MOTM; Kayal

BHAFC v CPFC (8/1/18) | F.A Cup 3rd Round Match Preview

Brighton take a break from league action, to face arch rivals Crystal Palace in the 3rd round of the F.A Cup

Crystal Palace Team News;

Palace have Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Mamadou Sakho and Joel Ward all missing for the cup tie.

Last Time Out; SFC 1-2 CPFC

Crystal Palace came from behind to win against Southampton. Shane Long put the Saints in front, before James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic sealed the win for the Eagles.

Top Scorer; McArthur (5)

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

FACT; Palace have kept 4 clean sheets out of the last 5 games across all competitions; in contrast they have only scored in 1 of the previous 4 games.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell the only absentee.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 2-2 AFCB

Brighton were held to a home draw by Bournemouth; Anthony Knockaert put the Seagulls in front, before Steve Cook equalised; top scorer Glenn Murray put Brighton back in the lead, before Callum Wilson struck to earn a point.

Top Scorer; Murray (6)

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

FACT; Brighton have progressed to the 4th round in 7 of the last 8 seasons.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[0] CPFC (28/11/17);

Brighton were held to a goalless draw at home to Palace, just 5 weeks ago.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 37 of the 97 matches played between the two rivals, while Palace have won 35. Brighton have won only twice in the last 10 meetings, and out of the 4 draws in that time, 3 of them have been goalless.

Crystal Palace Likely Line-Up;

Speroni;

Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Riedewald, Schlupp;

Chung-Yong, Milivojevic;

Townsend, Cabaye, Zaha;

Sako;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Krul;

Schelotto, Goldson, Hunemeier, Suttner;

March, Kayal, Stephens, Skalak;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace

BHAFC v AFCB (1/1/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion played out an eventful 2-2 New Year’s Day draw with AFC Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium. An early strike from Anthony Knockaert was cancelled out by Steve Cook’s equalising header just after the half hour mark, before Glenn Murray put the hosts back in front at the start of the second half. But Callum Wilson levelled again for the visitors 11 minutes from time and it ended honours even in Albion’s first game of 2018. Chris Hughton made three changes for the visit of the Cherries to the Amex Stadium. Ezequiel Schelotto and Markus Suttner came into the side in the full-back positions, whilst Jose Izquierdo was given a starting berth on the left-hand side of midfield. It meant that Bruno and Solly March dropped to the Albion bench and Gaetan Bong was left out of the squad.

The hosts began the game on the front foot and were rewarded for their positive start after just five minutes. Suttner exchanged passes with Pascal Gross who then found the run of Izquierdo in behind the visiting defence – and his drilled effort across goal allowed Knockaert to tap in at the far post. The Seagulls went close again five minutes later as Dale Stephens played the ball down the line to Izquierdo. The Colombian winger quickly cut inside and sent a low effort bouncing just wide of Asmir Begovic’s left-hand post. Bournemouth then went close when Charlie Daniels’ intelligent ball into the area was flicked wide by forward Wilson, before both Murray and Davy Propper saw shots blocked in quick succession as Hughton’s men remained in the ascendency. Two minutes before the half-hour mark the hosts went close once more. Murray won possession back in the middle of the field and found Gross. The German midfielder laid it back into the striker’s path but Begovic did well to tip the effort wide and away from danger from a tight angle. Shortly afterwards the visitors did draw level through defender Cook. The former Seagulls man rose highest to meet a corner from the right and glanced the ball into the far corner of the net. The home side went agonisingly close to retaking the lead three minutes before the interval when Murray and Gross combined well to present Izquierdo with a chance inside the six-yard box, but Begovic blocked the winger’s effort from close range. Ryan then saved from Marc Pugh as an entertaining half came to a close. Hughton’s men started the second half well, as they had done in the first, and were soon back in front. Gross ran forward and played the ball to Izquierdo who had made a clever run in behind Adam Smith. The winger then unselfishly squared the ball to Murray in the centre who took a touch before coolly finding the net. The Seagulls continued to probe for another goal as the game reached the hour mark, with Gross and Shane Duffy both seeing efforts from close range blocked in quick succession, before Eddie Howe introduced Nathan Ake for Pugh. Lys Mousset then replaced Benik Afobe as the visitors made their second switch, before Izquierdo ran nearly enough the length of the pitch before firing straight at Begovic as the Seagulls caught the Cherries on the counter attack. Dan Gosling then replaced Harry Arter as Bournemouth made their final switch and Ryan denied Jordon Ibe from distance as the Australian saved down to his right-hand side. The impressive Schelotto withdrew through injury and was replaced by Bruno as Albion made their first change with 15 minutes left to play – but the visitors would soon draw level once more as Wilson bundled home after a scramble in the Albion penalty area. Izzy Brown replaced the influential Gross with three minutes of normal time left to play, and Murray picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Daniels. Three additional minutes were signalled at the end of the contest with both sides still going in search of a winning goal – but neither could muster another opportunity and the game ended all square.

Brighton Subs Bournemouth Subs;
Bruno —> Schelotto (77) Ake —> Pugh (59)
Brown —> Gross (87) Moussett —> Afobe (65)
Gosling —> Arter (71)

BHAFC [2]-[2] AFCB; Knockaert (5), Murray (48); S.Cook (33), Wilson (79)

Att; 30,152 (2,270 Bournemouth)

Albion MOTM; Izquierdo

BHAFC v AFCB (1/1/18) | Match Preview

Brighton start the New Year off with a home game against South Coast rivals Bournemouth, live in front of the Sky cameras.

Bournemouth News;

Bournemouth will be without Josh King, Jermaine Defoe and Junior Stanislas, while Adam Smith and Nathan Ake face fitness tests.

Last Time Out; AFCB 2-1 EFC

Bournemouth secured a vital win at home to Everton. Ryan Fraser put the home side in front before Idrissa Gueye levelled for the Toffees; Fraser popped up again to secure the win.

Top Scorer; Callum Wilson (5)

Form; D, L, L, L, D, W

FACT; The Cherries are without a win in their last 4 away games.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton are without Steve Sidwell who’s remains out.

Last Time Out; NUFC 0-0 BHAFC

Brighton drew 0-0 away to Newcastle.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

Form; L, L, D, W, L, D

FACT; Brighton have lost just once in their last 9 home games (W3, D5)

Earlier In The Season: AFCB [2]-[1] BHAFC (15/9/17);

Brighton lost their first encounter earlier in the season. Solly March put the Seagulls in the lead before Andrew Surman and Jermaine Defoe secured 3 points for the Cherries.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 37 of the 106 games played between the 2 sides, while Bournemouth have won 41. The Cherries are unbeaten against the Seagulls in 8 games in all competitions.

Bournemouth Likely Line-Up;

Begovic;

A.Smith, S.Cook, Francis, Daniels;

Fraser, Arter, Gosling, Pugh;

Wilson, Afobe;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

March, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Brown;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-0 Bournemouth

NUFC v BHAFC (30/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park. An even contest in Albion’s final game of 2017 saw both sides cancel one another out in the final third and Chris Hughton’s men put in a disciplined away performance to take a point away from the north east. Chris Hughton made five changes for the visit to Tyneside – Bruno and Gaetan Bong returned in the full-back positions, whilst Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross returned to the midfield. Glenn Murray also came back into the side after being used as a late substitute against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, as he replaced Tomer Hemed in attack for the Seagulls – it meant it was the same Albion starting eleven that had faced Burnley at the Amex Stadium in the 0-0 draw a fortnight earlier in the Premier League.

The start to the game saw Knockaert looking dangerous in the hole and on eight minutes his whipped cross from right had to be headed behind for a corner by Ciaran Clark in the centre and the resulting set-piece was taken off the head of the arriving Lewis Dunk by home captain Jamal Lascelles. Dale Stephens fed a pass into the feet of Glenn Murray moments later – the striker stylishly flicked it round the corner but the ball was intercepted before reaching the run of Pascal Gross in-behind. Tormentor in chief Gross then saw his corner headed goalwards by Shane Duffy before the German’s deft flick released Solly March, but the midfielder saw his cross crowded out. Mathew Ryan was called into action for the first time just after 20 minutes when Mikel Merino found the run of Dwight Gayle, but the Australian saved well from a tight angle before gathering the rebound. Bruno forayed forward and crossed low into the area, and the ball was picked up by Knockaert who twisted and turned before seeing a deflected shot end up in the grateful hands of Karl Darlow in the home goal. Another Gross corner then bounced around the area and eventually fell to Duffy, but the central defender could only volley over as he leaned back when taking the shot. The Irishman then headed narrowly over via the same combination from an identical set-piece, as Albion’s probing play looking for the opening goal of the afternoon went unrewarded and referee Anthony Taylor blew for half-time. The hosts came quickly out of the blocks after the break and Ryan had to be alert to deny Isaac Hayden, as the midfielder’s shot deflected off Lewis Dunk and into the keeper’s path. Propper then got to the byline and found Gross – the midfielder was crowded out and then the former’s cross was too strong for Murray in the area. Gross then whipped a wicked free-kick from a good position into the arms of Darlow, before Murray flicked March’s cross from the left wide as the forward was forced away from goal. Ryan was called into action once more when Gayle met Christian Atsu’s cross from the left, but the Australian was once again on hand to deny the hosts with a smart stop. Andre Yedlin then picked up the first yellow card of the game on the hour for a foul on  March and Tomer Hemed then replaced Murray, as Albion made their first change. With just over 20 minutes, to play the visitors fashioned their best opportunity of the match. Gross’s corner was headed back across goal by Duffy and central defensive partner Dunk’s effort was clawed away by Darlow. Rafael Benitez introduced Ayoze Perez for Matt Ritchie, and Jonjo Shelvey for Moreno with a quarter of the second period remaining, before Jacob Murphy entered the action with five minutes left to play as the game looked to be heading for a stalemate conclusion. The scores stayed level until the end, and despite the fourth official indicating three minutes of added time, neither side could find a winning goal and the spoils were shared.

Newcastle Subs; Brighton Subs;
Perez —> Ritchie (72) Hemed —> Murray (60)
Shelvey —> Merino (76)
Murphy —> Joselu (84)

NUFC [0]-[0] BHAFC;

Att; 52,209 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Ryan

NUFC v BHAFC (30/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to the North East, to face a Newcastle side looking to halt their decline down the table.

Team News;

Newcastle will be without Rob Elliot, Jesus Gamez, Florian Lejeune and Alexsandar Mitrovic, but Issac Hayden could return after missing the previous 2 games.

Last Time Out; NUFC 0-1 MCFC

Newcastle slumped to a 5th straight home defeat at the hands of Manchester City; Raheem Sterling with the only goal.

Top Scorer; Dwight Gayle, Joselu (3)

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

FACT; Newcastle have won just once in the last 11 games.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton still have Steve Sidwell missing, but Izzy Brown is back after sitting out the game at Cheslea due to ineligibility.

Last Time Out; CFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton were beaten by Chelsea with Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso the scorers.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

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

FACT; Brighton have lost 4 straight away games for the first time since 2002; the last time they went 5 straight defeats was back in 1986.

Earlier In The Season: BHAFC [1]-[0] NUFC (24/9/17);

Brighton beat Newcastle with a 1-0 win, thanks to Tomer Hemed’s goal.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 9 of the 21 meetings between the 2 sides, while the Magpies have also won 9 times. Brighton are unbeaten in 7 of the previous 9 meetings between the sides. The home side has scored in all but 3 of the last 11 games, but the away side has scored only 5 times in the same period.

Newcastle Likely Line-Up;

Darlow;

Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett;

Merino, Shelvey;

Ritchie, Perez, Atsu;

Gayle;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Goldson, Bong;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Brown;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Newcastle 1-1 Brighton

BHAFC Half Season Survey Results

The results are in from the BHAFC Half Season Survey conducted over Christmas, and I think it’s fair to say a few players stood out the most. Read through the answers below. Where possible the 3 best answers are given.

1) Who has been your player of the season thus far? – Gross (44%), Dunk (36%), Ryan (11%)

We knew this one would be a close call between Pascal Gross and Lewis Dunk, but the German just shaves it; Maty Ryan coming in 3rd just in front of Shane Duffy.

2) Who has surprised you this season? – Gross (41%), Ryan (16%), March (10%)

Pascal takes this category too by a fair margin; think he has surprised most of the country not just Brighton fans. Fair shouts to Maty and Solly March who come 2nd and 3rd respectively.

3) Who has been your best defender/goalkeeper? – Dunk (50%), Duffy (28%), Ryan (19%)

Lewis wins the best defender category over his central partner Shane Duffy, with half of your votes going to him. Maty was 3rd; I thought this one might have been closer than it actually was.

4) Who has been your best midfielder? – Gross (79%), Propper (9%), Stephens & March (6%)

Pascal win the midfielder category by an absolute landslide, and a well deserved margin too, although Davy Propper, Dale Stephens and Solly March are all within their rights to be given votes too after solid starts.

5) Who has been your best striker? – Murray (62%), Hemed (38%)

Top goalscorer Glenn Murray wins the head to head striker category over Tomer Hemed.

6) Where do you think Brighton will finish at the end of the season? – 11th-17th (97%), 5th-10th (3%)

Safe to say all fans expect Brighton to stay up this season; fair play to the 2 fans who think we can make a push into the top half by the end of the season.

7) Who do you think will be in the bottom 3 at the end of the season? – Swansea (54%), Bournemouth (14%) Crystal Palace (12%)

Most of you expect the Swans to see the drop with Bournemouth and rivals Crystal Palace joining them; West Brom and Stoke were other notable mentions.

8) In 1 word, how would describe this season thus far? – Steady, Decent, OK

The 3 most common answers were steady, decent and OK, with a couple mentions to unbelievable and fantastic.

Thanks for those who took part; enjoy the 2nd half of the season and hope to see you back for the end of season survey in May 🙂