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Hughton feels Chelsea lucky not to give two PKs to Brighton

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Chelsea posted a controlling 4-0 score line in Saturday’s visit to Brighton and Hove Albion, but the host manager feels his side is betrayed by the final score and the referee’s judgment.

[ RECAP: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea ]

Chris Hughton feels the Seagulls should have been awarded a pair of opportunities from the spot during the loss.

The first was Wily Caballero’s takedown of Ezequiel Schelotto, who had an outstanding match in the blowout loss, and the second was a less offensive coming together between Schelotto and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

“For me, we should have had two penalties,” Hughton said. “The first one I thought at the time, the second I wasn’t sure. But when the keeper comes out there is every chance there is going to be a decision to be made, so you have to get yourself into a position to see it. If he says he hasn’t seen it, it’s not one I don’t believe, but there was always going to be a decision to be made.”

Chelsea scored twice in the first 10 minutes, but the match may have been a bit different were one of the penalties awarded and converted by Brighton. Still, 4-0 at home sinks his Hughton’s men closer to the drop zone. Brighton has 23 points, two points above 17th place Saints and three clear of 18th place Stoke City.

Top Premier League storylines — Week 21

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The Premier League’s festive fixtures continue to test squad depth, and one in particular is in danger of losing its surefire Top Four footing.

[ MORE: JPW’s PL picks | PL streaming schedule ]

That’s the lead of our top storylines this weekend in England.


Will Mourinho get Man Utd back in the win column?
Manchester United vs. Southampton — 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC [ STREAM ]

[ PL PREVIEW: Man Utd vs. Saints ]

Back-to-back draws have Jose Mourinho’s men 15 points back of Man City, but the manager will be more concerned about his status just one point ahead of Chelsea and six clear of fifth place Spurs. The good news is that Saints defense looked awful in getting buried by Spurs, and Mauricio Pellegrino has some big questions to ask of his men — and himself — at Old Trafford.


Is Liverpool going to continue its charge up the table?
Liverpool vs. Leicester City — 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Unbeaten in 15, the hosts are looking for the first season sweep in this series since 2001-02, but history says it won’t be easy: The last two seasons have seen both sides take a win from each other in Premier League play. The Reds and Foxes have allowed 53 goals between them this season, so there’s a good chance of offense on Saturday at Anfield.

[ PL PREVIEW: Liverpool vs. Leicester City ]

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Was sloppy midweek a sign for City?
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City — 7 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Manchester City produced a lot of chances but only converted one at Newcastle United, its first 1-0 match in the Premier League since late September. City is a win away from tying Pep Guardiola‘s Bayern Munich record for consecutive wins (19), and have yet to lose this season. Palace will be facing a City back line still looking for health, so is there some danger at Selhurst Park?


Will the Baggies make it four calendar months without a win?
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal — 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Alan Pardew‘s West Brom has not won since it was Tony Pulis‘ West Brom, and that means September, October, November, and now perhaps December will pass without a league win if the Baggies cannot manage an upset against Arsene Wenger‘s bunch. Arsenal hasn’t lost in five matches, but boasts just two wins from that bunch. Ripe for an upset, or a breakout performance?


Here’s the new boss, and the old boss
Newcastle United vs. Brighton and Hove Albion — 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Chris Hughton‘s done a fine job at several Premier League stops, and the ex-Newcastle manager looks for a season sweep of his old charges when he matches wits with Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park. More importantly, a win would boost the Seagulls six points clear of the Magpies and multiple results clear of the drop zone.

PL Preview: Brighton vs. Stoke City

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  • Stoke leads all-time 16W-14D-9L
  • First league meeting since 2006
  • Potters have won last 8 in series

Brighton and Hove Albion meets Stoke City for the first time in Premier League history when the two battle at the Amex Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Brighton is unbeaten in its last four PL matches, with a pair of away wins and two draws at home.

They’ve been led at the back end by Shane Duffy and in attack by Pascal Gross, but it’s been a well-traveled Premier League veteran filling the goals. Glenn Murray has historic motivation to keep scoring, knowing that a marker versus Stoke would make him the first Brighton player to ever score a goal in four successive top flight matches.

Stoke followed up its win over Watford with a draw against Leicester City. The Potters have two goals and four assists from Swiss attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, and three and one from Senegalese scorer Mame Biram Diouf.

What they’re saying

Brighton’s Chris Hughton on bagging wins“For a club like us to get back-to-back wins would show the level we are playing at. It’s tough. I remember being told by somebody with one of the promoted teams that they didn’t get their first away win until February-March. That can happen and it’s exactly the same for a team getting promoted to get back-to-wins. They are hard to come by. Any way we are able to do that would certainly be a major boost for us.”

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Xherdan ShaqiriHe is taking on more the role of the main instigator of our attacking threat. When he gets the ball, I think the whole team responds to that. You sense that maybe something’s going to happen. And I think the crowd sends it as well. And I know opposition team sense it too.”

Prediction

Few matches are more of a toss-up than this one, and there’s no recent match-ups on which to rest our heads. So we’ll side with the home team managing a point, and maybe a pair of old-timer goals from Murray and Peter Crouch, in a 1-1 draw.

Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Brighton

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  • Brighton has just one point away from home this season
  • Both clubs sit on eight points through eight matches
  • Hernandez, Caroll potentially out for Hammers
  • West Ham has won last three fixtures against Brighton

West Ham United will host Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday from the London Stadium (Watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Both the Hammers and the Seagulls sit on eight points through their opening eight Premier League matches, which puts each club just two points above the bottom three. West Ham enters the weekend unbeaten in its last two fixtures, including last week’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Slaven Bilic will have some difficult decisions to make for the match as he’ll be without Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, while Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could potentially miss the clash as well with a hamstring issue.

The biggest challenge for newcomers Brighton thus far has been how the club has handled itself away from Amex Stadium. The team’s 0-0 draw against Watford is the only match in which the promoted side has picked up a point this season on the road.

What they’re saying

West Ham boss Bilic said in regards to better performances of late“We have improved results. We have players back from injury and the players who missed a big part of pre-season have their match-fitness. We improved and we are on the right path, so it’s much better.”

Brighton manager Hughton stressed the importance of gaining road results“It’s going to be about away form that’s going to be the most challenging. It’s a game away from home, in a big stadium, against a very talented team.”

Prediction

Brighton has had its fair share of struggles away from home, but West Ham is certainly at a disadvantage with some of its biggest names likely out for Friday’s encounter. The fact that they’re playing on a Friday allows less time for Bilic’s men to get healthy, so it’s easier to lean towards Brighton. They’ll get their first victory on the road this week. 2-1 Brighton.

Hughton: Everton draw “feels more like a defeat”

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Chris Hughton is a very smart manager, one who knows the right buttons to push with his club.

On top of leading two clubs to Premier League promotion, Hughton has a knack for finding the cross-section of the right verdict on matches, what the fans what to hear, and what his players need to hear.

[ MORE: Recap | Koeman reacts ]

Brighton may have deserved better than a point against visiting Everton on Sunday, and Bruno’s conceded penalty overshadowed a fine performance from the Gulls.

And Hughton would’ve been right to salute his promoted side’s point against a Premier League mainstay, even if said mainstay is struggling under manager Ronald Koeman.

So what did Hughton proffer?

“I’m incredibly disappointed. At this moment, because of the timing of the goals, it feels more like a defeat rather than a draw.

“We were up against a very good Everton side, they were good with the ball and had lots of quality – but at that stage, I couldn’t see them scoring.

“We had to defend well, through periods in both halves but particularly in the second half. But as the game opened up, I thought we were the side that would capitalize and we did.”

He’s the right man for the job at the Amex Stadium, and Hughton stands a great chance of leading Brighton to safety.