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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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Wolves, Brighton frustrated by scoreless draw

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Wolves and Brighton will both be salty after a 0-0 draw at the Molineux on Saturday.

The two sides had aims of improving their stock but combined for just two shots on target.

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Wolves fail to move into fourth and have 43 points after the draw, while Brighton moves two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of a frightening run of fixtures.


Three things we learned

1. Seagulls running out of time: Graham Potter‘s men have been difficult to beat and picked up five draws, but their lack of wins during a seven-match lull in their schedule is alarming given what lies ahead. Brighton meets five top teams in its next six matches.

2. Wolves lack sharpness against lower-half: There have been too many draws against lower-half sides for a Wolves side capable of Champions League-caliber football. Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men have now drawn Brighton and Newcastle twice, Saints and Burnley once. Throw in a pair of draws with Leicester City, and you can see where the lack of full points have deprived the UEL contenders of a top four place.

3. Center backs stand out: There were five center backs between the two sides, and not one struggled at the Molineux. Connor Coady and Willy Boly performed exceptionally well for Wolves, especially the latter, while Lewis Dunk was his usual stalwart self for the Seagulls.

Man of the Match: Tie goes to the runner, er, visitor. Dunk.


It was a slow start at the Molineux, 20 minutes played before Rui Patricio made a comfortable save on Davy Propper.

Wolves grew into the game, with Raul Jimenez smashing the post and Ruben Neves missing high.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were able to work into open field as they like at times, but the Seagulls limited the danger.

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The manager introduced Adama Traore in the 64th minute.

The next chance went to Brighton, but Solly March slipped as he tried to get the ball on target.

Traore led a foray into the box that ended with a deflected Jimenez shot to Mathew Ryan.

Brighton baffled by finishing: ‘You can’t feel sorry for yourself’

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Brighton and Hove Albion knows its playing decent football, yet there it remains in the thick of the Premier League’s relegation battle.

The Seagulls lost 1-0 to M23 Derby rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday despite holding 66 percent possession and a 24-12 advantage in shots.

The finish just wasn’t there.

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“Very frustrating, we have created plenty of chances and to come away with nothing is frustrating,” said defender Dan Burn, via the BBC. “We should be higher up the table and it’s this time of the season where we need to start picking up some points, but I believe in the team.”

Manager Graham Potter found it hard to fault his men’s effort on the day, though the Seagulls may finish the day within three points of the drop zone.

He’s tasked with keeping heads up in an odd season. Brighton’s only lost two of six fixtures, but draws aren’t helping them create distance.

“You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” Potter said. “Sometimes you need a bit of luck. We didn’t get too much of that today. We have to keep working to turn those little margins in our favor. We know every game in this league is tough for us. Today there was a lot of effort and a lot of quality. I liked the performance, how we played. Over the course of the game we were quite good.”

Wolves, Arsenal, Leicester City, and Manchester United are next before Norwich City gives a mild reprieve to the fixture list. Liverpool and Man City follow the Canaries.

“The changing room is still really positive. We haven’t won in eight games but you wouldn’t be able to tell. We are a positive group,” Burn said.

That will be tested should the club dip even closer to the bottom three.

Crystal Palace beat bitter rivals Brighton

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Crystal Palace beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at the Amex on Saturday as the Eagles made the Seagulls pay for wasting plenty of chances.

Jordan Ayew scored with 20 minutes to go to give Palace the win as Roy Hodgson’s side secured back-to-back victories in the Premier League, while Graham Potter’s Brighton are embroiled in the relegation battle.

With the win Palace move on to 36 points for the season and look set for a top 10 finish. Brighton sit just four points above the drop zone.


3 things we learned

1. Brighton in big trouble: They okay great stuff but just haven’t been clinical enough and this game was Brighton’s season in a nutshell. They haven’t won a game in 2020 yet and are sinking towards the bottom three. One season there is always one team which starts off well but then drops into the relegation battle. That is Brighton as Potter’s side just don’t score enough goal.

2. Zaha wins the battle: He was goaded by the home fans and embraced it. Zaha, once again, led Palace to victory against their bitter rivals. Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton than any other team. Zaha switched flanks early and clashed with subs, had some banter with the home fans and then smashed the post late on as he was Palace’s biggest threat. This may be his last derby game for Palace against Brighton as he continues to be linked with a move away. If it was, Zaha won another battle against Brighton. And probably the war.

3. Palace have bragging rights: For the first time since April 2018 Palace beat Brighton. They have bragging rights and even though they are just over 40 miles apart, that means a lot. This is not the most traditional rivalry in English soccer but it is a growing one and the intensity on and off the pitch summed up the passion.

Man of the Match: Wilfried Zaha – Hit the post, gave Brighton’s defense a tough time and was always an outlet for Palace. Superb display when he was the target of taunts all game long.


In an even first half both Christian Benteke and Neal Maupay both had chances, while Palace went close to opening the scoring as Kouyate forced Mat Ryan into a fine stop.

Brighton put Palace under pressure the longer the first half wore on and Zaha was involved in a spat with the home fans and sub Schelotto who was booked.

Zaha put both his hands up to his ears towards the crowd and pushed Schelotto who appeared to have said something. The best chance of the first half then arrived as Maupay and Trossard combined to set up a counterattack but Solly March missed the chance.

At half time James McCarthy was replaced by Jairo Riedewald.

But Palace couldn’t get going as Brighton missed a big chance to take the lead. Maupay collected the ball after a deflection found him but he hit his shot straight at Guiata.

Palace then made the most of that reprieve as Ayew put them 1-0 up to send the away fans wild behind the goal.

Benteke held the ball up superbly and played in Ayew who finished with ease as flares were set off in the away end.

Late on Alzate wanted a penalty kick and Zaha hit the post as Palace won a tight, tense derby.

Watch Live: Brighton v. Crystal Palace

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Brighton and Hove Albion host Crystal Palace on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at the Amex Stadium as the bitter rivals collide.

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When Brighton and Crystal Palace collide, sparks fly.

The M23 derby has become a fierce rivalry over the last few decades and this is the biggest game of the season for fans of Brighton and Palace.

Graham Potter and Roy Hodgson are well aware of that and both know this game is massive in determining how the final few months of this season will pan out for them.

For Brighton, they have now gone four games without a win and are yet to win in 2020 as Potter’s side play wonderful attacking soccer but haven’t been clinical enough all season long. A defeat at home to their bitter rivals will leave them in the midst of a relegation scrap, while a win would ignite hopes of a midtable finish.

As for Palace, their win at home against Newcastle last weekend pushed them further away from the drop zone after a slump which saw them dragged back into the relegation picture. The Eagles currently sit five points ahead of the Seagulls.

In team news Brighton make three changes as Martin Montoya, Solly March and Leandro Trossard all start.

Palace are unchanged from the team which beat Newcastle but Luka Milivojevic is fit enough to be on the bench after recovering from illness.


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