Will the Seagulls continue to swim above water this season?
Welcome back to ‘The 2019-20 Premier League Season Preview’ – a feature series that previews all 20 clubs of the Premier League ahead of the new football season.
So let’s continue with the next club in this preview series… Brighton & Hove Albion.
MANAGER: Graham Potter
CAPTAIN: Lewis Dunk
ODDS TO WIN THE LEAGUE: 1500-1 (via Oddschecker)
New season, new manager, same objective…
Remain in the Premier League.
For Graham Potter, he comes to The Amex this season trying to replicate the almost miraculous work that Chris Hughton did for The Seagulls for the last two years.
The appointment of the more forward-thinking Potter may change the defence-first mentality that was favoured by Hughton and allow Brighton to become more ‘easy’ on the eye.
Now that the novelty factor has worn off for Brighton & Hove Albion, one of their key challenges will be staying true to their values this season. After the euphoria of defying the predictions of doom for the last two years, Brighton have to stay realistic in their expectations and not allow their heads to get into the clouds.
HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
2014-15 – 20th (Championship)
2015-16 – 3rd (Championship)
2016-17 – 2nd (Championship)
2017-18 – 15th (Premier League)
2018-19 – 17th (Premier League)
Premier League – 17th
FA Cup – Semi-Finals
Carabao Cup – Second Round
Top Scorer – League: Glenn Murray (13), All: Glenn Murray (15)
Leandro Trossard (Genk, £18m)
Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth, Undisclosed)
Bruno – Retired
GK – Ryan, Steele, Button
DF – Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Schelotto, Montoya, Suttner, Bernardo, Bunn, Clarke
MD – Stephens, Kayal, Bissouma, Groß, Trossard, Izquierdo, March, Pröpper, Băluță
FW – Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, Hemed, Tau
PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR – LEANDRO TROSSARD
So far, Leandro Trossard from Belgian side Genk (£18m) has been Brighton’s biggest signing this summer
The very aggressive, attacking winger had a successful season in the Belgian First Division (22 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances) and hopes to replicate that form on the South coast this season.
Upon signing for the Seagulls, Trossard said of his conversations with Potter:
“He told me that he wants to change the system a little bit to get more attractive football, like attacking, more my style.
I think that’s the most important thing for me, that I can fit in the team and help the team get results.”
HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST CHELSEA
Matches played – 12
Won – 1
Drawn – 1
Lost – 10
HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WILL THEY BE TO CHELSEA?
Barely any threat at all. Brighton have only ever beaten Chelsea once.
Back in 1933.
In the four meetings they’ve had since Brighton got promoted to the Premier League, Chelsea have won all four games with by an aggregate score of 11-1.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
After defying expectations over the last two seasons by avoiding relegation, I feel that the third season will be the season where Brighton will no longer able to swim above water and will sink.
A lot of Brighton’s survival has been dependant on the goalscoring of Glenn Murray. With only three wins in the second-half of last season, it showed that when Murray doesn’t score, Brighton struggle. A lot.
Could they produce a three-peat? Of course, Will they though? I don’t think so.
Predicted position: 18th
Come back for part 5 tomorrow when we take a look at Burnley and see if Sean Dyche’s side can perform under more realistic expectations once again.