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What we love about Brighton and Hove Albion

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This week at ProSoccerTalk we will be detailing what we love about each Premier League club competing in the 2019-20 season and next up it is Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Each day we will release details on why who adore each team in particular as we remind ourselves just how awesome the PL is as we await its return following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On to the Seagulls!


Lewis Dunk is a monster: A 6-foot-3 defender with a knack for doing some things in the attacking third, too, Lewis Dunk has chewed up nearly 26,000 minutes for the Seagulls between the Championship and Premier League. Whether linked to Leicester City or Chelsea, Dunk has kept his footing in the south and we’re the better for it. He’s three appearances from 300 for the Seagulls, and only Adam El-Abd (324) remains in his viewfinder.

We love Brighton’s unique derby: Brighton is 40 miles from South London, where Crystal Palace holds matches at Selhurst Park. That makes the M23 Derby rivalry between the Eagles and Seagulls — it rhymes! — even more special. Both stadia have great atmosphere, and catching the unique rivalry holds a worth place on several English soccer bucket lists.

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The Albion: An old name with a long story, which may come from the white cliffs of Dover. Read up here.

Glenn Murray: Well-traveled, yes, there are few more likable scorers than Brighton’s 36-year-old big man.

The next big thing amongst English managers: Graham Potter played for 11 clubs in England, but he needed to go to Sweden to break into management. A two-time Swedish Football Awards Manager of the Year and one-time Swedish Sports Awards Coach of the Year at Ostersund, Potter impressed in just one season at Swansea City before bringing his attack-minded football to Brighton. The Seagulls are only two points clear of the drop zone, and are having their best defensive season since returning to the top flight. Season No. 2 could be a marked improvement if Potter keeps the team in the top flight.

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Brighton, Watford battle to draw

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Brighton and Hove Albion fought back to draw 1-1 against relegation rivals Watford at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford the lead in the first half but Brighton kept plugging away and eventually Adrian Mariappa scored a comical own goal to grab the Seagulls a point.

With the draw Graham Potter‘s side move on to 27 points and are in 15th, while Nigel Pearson‘s Watford have 24 points and sit in 19th place but are just one point from safety in the congested relegation scrap.


Three things we learned

1. Same old story for Brighton: The Seagulls dominated yet another game but couldn’t secure a first win in six and that is pretty much the story of their season. They keep the ball so well and it is remarkable how quickly their style has changed under Potter in his first season in charge but they just aren’t clinical and that is why they’re in a relegation scrap. Brighton had 67 percent possession and 10 shots to Watford’s two. Both of Watford’s efforts were on target and only two of Brighton’s were. That is where their biggest problem lies. The Seagulls get into some great positions but don’t pounce and make the most of their chances. That has to change if they’re going to stay up.

2. Watford fail to make most of big chance: With just over 10 minutes to go, Watford could see the smash and grab in sight. Then Mariappa slid in and scored a beauty of an own goal to cough up two points. Just like last week they’d collapsed as Watford were 2-0 up and cruising against Everton but they then lost 3-2. These are the kind of late setbacks you see happen to teams who end up going down season after season. You have to applaud the way Pearson has organized this team. They are tough to break down and better defensively but unless they go 3-0 up they don’t look like they can hold on to a lead right now. Watford’s confidence has taken a hit in recent weeks but they will be very happy with a point because they didn’t play well at all at Brighton.

3. Relegation battle remains wide open: From 19th place to 15th there are just three points in this and it is set to be an almighty scrap to avoid the drop. Watford are in 19th and Brighton in 15th, with West Ham, Aston Villa and Bournemouth in-between them. Teams in that area of the table are picking up points. That should set things up for a very tense finish because with the title sewn up for Liverpool, the real drama will be in seeing who can drag themselves away from the bottom three.

Man of the Match: Lewis Dunk – Held things together defensively and set the tone for Brighton being so dominant throughout. Dangerous from set pieces and always calm on the ball to get the Seagulls going.


Glenn Murray headed off target early on as Troy Deeney also had to head clear from inside his own six yard box.

Even though the home side had a lot of the ball early on it was Watford who took the lead in stunning fashion. Etienne Capoue intercepted Aaron Mooy‘s pass on the halfway line and Doucoure raced towards goal.

The French midfielder galloped forward with purpose and smashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner to make it 1-0.

Brighton tried to get back into the game as Solly March‘s cross was cleared and Murray continued to sniff around and cause a nuisance of himself.

Watford had a few counter attacks of their own but couldn’t quite find the final pass and Brighton wanted a penalty just before half time as Ezequiel Schelotto went down in the box with Gerard Deulofeu nearby. Nothing was given.

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In the second half Brighton kept dominating possession and Schelotto drilled across goal but Murray couldn’t get on the end of the cross.

Neal Maupay came on for the final 30 minutes as Brighton threw everything at Watford in the closing stages. Lewis Dunk almost got on the end of a cross as Brighton launched the ball forward at every opportunity.

Mooy was played in but his low shot was saved superbly down low by Ben Foster but moments later Brighton were level.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh‘s cross from the right was knocked into his own net by Mariappa as the Seagulls finally had the equalizer their pressured deserved.

Late on both teams were exhausted and neither could muster the energy to grab a winner.

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Brighton and Hove Albion host Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls and Hornets are embroiled in a relegation scrap and this is what you call a six-pointer in the Premier League.

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Brighton have played lovely stuff all season long under new manager Graham Potter but a lack of clinical edge has seen them slump towards the bottom three and are just two points off the top zone.

Nigel Pearson had a huge impact early on at Watford but they’ve lost two in a row in the Premier League and are two points from safety heading into this game.

In team news Brighton start with Glenn Murray up top once again with the veteran striker fresh from signing his new contract. Dan Burn returns from injury for the Seagulls as he is one of four players to come into the starting lineup alongside Shane Duffy, Solly March and Ezequiel Schelotto. Potter has gone for a 3-4-3 formation.

Watford make one change as Will Hughes comes in for Nathaniel Chalobah in central midfield.


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West Ham collapse, draw with Brighton

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West Ham United and Brighton drew 3-3 in a six-goal thriller at the London Stadium as David Moyes was dealt another big blow.

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Issa Diop and Robert Snodgrass put the Hammers 2-0 up but then Brighton were let back in twice via an Angelo Ogbonna own goal and a gift to Pascal Gross as Snodgrass had briefly made it 3-1. Glenn Murray then made it 3-3 with 10 minutes to go in a dramatic end-to-end encounter.

With the draw West Ham have 24 points, while Brighton have 26 points.


3 things we learned

1. West Ham’s woeful defending: Ogbonna, Diop and Fabianski were all guilty of making huge mistakes and this is why West Ham are in a relegation battle. The Hammers were their own worst enemies and it is baffling that David Moyes didn’t bring in any new defenders in the transfer window. What a mess as they are in the relegation zone.

2. Seagulls still struggling: Graham Potter‘s side showed incredible grit to fight back from 3-1 down but they were handed gifts by the Hammers. Brighton are two points above the drop zone and haven’t won any of their last six games in all competitions.

3. Bowen’s arrival fails to lift the Hammers’ mood: Jarrod Bowen didn’t play and his big-money arrival on deadline day didn’t lift the gloom around West Ham. Scoring goals has never been the problem and it seems like the Hammers owners have panicked.

Man of the Match: Robert Snodgrass: Two good goals either side of half time swung the game in West Ham’s favor and he had the assist on Diop’s goal.


The Hammers started well but Brighton were dangerous as Neal Maupay went close for the visitors.

But Diop made it 1-0 as he slid home to finish a fine cross from Snodgrass.

Right on half time Snodgrass made it 2-0 as his volley deflected past Mat Ryan to double the Hammers’ lead at London Stadium.

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After the break Brighton were handed a lifeline as Lukasz Fabianski as he flapped at a cross as Ogbonna scored an own goal.

Snodgrass grabbed his second and West Ham’s third just before the hour mark to ease West Ham’s nerves.

Brighton were handled another lifeline as Diop and Ogobonna got in a real mess as Gross nipped in to finish and make it 3-2.

There was drama late on as Murray made it 3-3 at the back post but VAR was used and the goal was good as the ball hit Murray’s side.

Fabianski then made a string of saves late on to deny Solly March and help West Ham hold on for a point.

Everton edge past Brighton

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Everton made it three wins in their last four Premier League games as Carlo Ancelotti’s side are pushing for European qualification.

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Richarlison‘s moment of magic in the first half sealed the win, as Brighton went close in the second half but couldn’t grab an equalizer.

With the win Everton are in 11th on 28 points, while Brighton are in 14th on 24 points.


3 things we learned

1. Defensive improvement continues: Everton have conceded three goals in their last five PL games and that has been the key to their recent success. Ancelotti hooked off two attacking players for Delph and Coleman and although some Everton fans were not happy it made sense. Everton need to be sensible and if they are, a top 10 finish is very likely.

2. Richarlison’s magic returns: A moment of brilliance from the Brazilian won the game for Everton and is now back to his best. After a run of five games without a goal he’s now scored in back-to-back PL games and aside from his goalscoring he looks hungry.

3. Seagulls sinking: Brighton continue to play well but they have won just once in their last seven games in the Premier League. That is a worry. They just aren’t clinical enough and they face Villa, Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham in their next four games. They need some big wins in those games to put them back on track.

Man of the Match: Richarlison – Delivered the moment of quality which won the game and was dangerous throughout.


Brighton started well but there was early VAR controversy as Lewis Dunk appeared to pull back Theo Walcott, but after a review no penalty kick was awarded to the hosts.

Brighton grew into the game as Alireza Jahanbakhsh looked lively but Everton were always looked the most likely to score first.

Richarlison first forced Mat Ryan into a save down low and moments later he put the Toffees 1-0 up.

Lucas Digne found Richarlison in the box and after a lovely piece of control and a clever turn the Brazilian curled home to make it 1-0.

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In the second half Brighton improved and had plenty of the ball as Leandro Trossard hit the crossbar with a stunning effort.

Everton thought they had wrapped up the win late on as a corner hit the post, then another effort struck the woodwork before Calvert-Lewin bundled the ball home.

However, VAR intervened as Calvert-Lewin clearly handled the ball. Glenn Murray twice went close late on as he forced Pickford into a smart save and the Seagulls forward was then just off target.