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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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Watch Live: Tottenham v. Brighton

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Tottenham Hotspur host Brighton and Hove Albion to kick off the Boxing Day festivities (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in the Premier League.

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Jose Mourinho will be looking for a reaction from his team after they were dominated by bitter rivals Chelsea last time out and lost 2-0 at home as Heung-Min Son was also sent off in a miserable outing.

As for Brighton, they’ve been struggling and are hovering just above the relegation zone although Graham Potter’s side continue to play attractive, attacking soccer.

In team news Spurs bring in Ryan Sessegnon to start in place of the suspended Son, as the summer signing from Fulham makes his first PL start for Spurs. Harry Winks comes in for Eric Dier.

Brighton Make five changes after then defeat to Sheffield United with Shane Duffy, Ezequiel Schelotto, Bernardo, Aaron Connolly and Steven Alzate replacing Lewis Dunk, Martin Montoya, Leandro Trossard, Dale Stephens and Neal Maupay.

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10-man Liverpool edge past Brighton

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10-man Liverpool edged past Brighton and Hove Albion despite a late scare at Anfield.

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Jurgen Klopp‘s side were flying in the first half as two Virgil Van Dijk headers set them on their way but Brighton were dangerous throughout and especially after Alisson was sent off.

Liverpool’s star goalkeeper was sent off for a deliberate handball and from the resulting free kick Lewis Dunk made it 2-1. Substitute goalkeeper Adrian had a tough time late on but managed to hold his nerve as Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the table to 11 points, momentarily.


3 things we learned

1. Van Dijk stands tall: He beat Brighton’s towering defense to score two headers in the first half and without Fabinho ahead of him and Matip alongside him, VVD put on a show. He was the leader in attack and at the back for Liverpool and when they went down to 10 men late in the game their leader stood tall.

2. Brighton not clinical enough: On another day Graham Potter‘s side should have scored three or four. Dunk missed a big chance in the first half and they squandered several opportunities. Brighton play some very good stay from box to box but must be more clinical if they’re going to get to the next stage.

3. Alisson adds to Klopp’s woe: Liverpool will now have to do without Alisson to add to Klopp’s woes, as he was put in a terrible situation by his defenders. He didn’t need to handle the ball, but the way Adrian played when he came on proved this is now a big problem for Liverpool going forward.

Man of the Match: Virgil van Dijk – Dominant at the back, especially late on, and popped up with two headers in the first half. With Joel Matip, Fabinho and now Alisson out, VVD has to step up once again in the coming weeks. A superb overall display.


A bright start at Anfield saw both teams have chances as Mooy and Connolly combined to cause havoc, while Liverpool’s front three were looking as dangerous as ever.

Roberto Firmino forced Mat Ryan into a fine save down low and from the ball then broke for a free kick as Alexander-Arnold’s cross found Van Dijk who nodded home.

Soon after Firmino and Mane were both denied by Ryan as Liverpool put their foot down on the accelerator, and then a second arrived in very similar fashion to the first.

A corner from the left found Van Dijk as he beat Shane Duffy and flicked home his and Liverpool’s second goal of the game with his meaty Dutch forehead.

Mane almost squeezed in another before half time as Liverpool totally dominated, but Brighton had a few chances as Davy Propper forced Alisson into a decent stop, then Lewis Dunk shanked an effort wide when wide open at the back post and the Seagulls put the hosts under pressure late in the first half.

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At the start of the second half Brighton continued to impress as Dunk flicked a header inches wide.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost wrapped up the win in style as he cut inside but Dunk denied him with a brilliant block.

Then, all hell broke loose.

A long ball over the top found Leandro Trossard who tried to lob Alisson but the Brazilian goalkeeper handled outside his box and was shown a straight red card. From the resulting free kick Lewis Dunk rolled in a bizarre finish to make it 2-1, and substitute goalkeeper Adrian was put under severe pressure late on.

Adrian denied Aaron Mooy but almost spilled a routine effort into his own goal as Liverpool held on for their 13th win from their first 14 games this season.

Leicester battle past Brighton

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Leicester City beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, as Brendan Rodgers‘ side march on.

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Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy scored in the second half amid VAR and penalty kick drama in the rain at the Amex.

With the win Leicester are on 29 points and sit second in the table, while Brighton have 15 points.


3 things we learned

1. Vardy leads Foxes on the counter: Leicester came to life in the second half and Vardy’s pace on the counter led the way. When the Foxes needed him most, Vardy delivered. He was unselfish as he set up Perez and Maddison and then scored the penalty kick himself, at the second time of ask, as he remains the top goalscorer in the PL. What a season the veteran is having.

2. Leicester’s energy too much to handle: Perez hit the post in the first half, Vardy went close and in the second half they kicked on. Brighton tried their best to press Leicester but the energy the Foxes have was too much to handle. Brendan Rodgers’ side are well in this title race, eight points off Liverpool, and with no European action to worry about, they have a huge advantage over their rivals. They can rest and recover and are in sensational form.

3. Brighton will not go down: Graham Potter‘s side were unlucky. They created chances, Neal Maupay should have been awarded a penalty kick and they took the game to Leicester. They gave the Foxes a scare and when they play against other Premier League teams they will score plenty of goals and gain plenty of points.

Man of the Match: Jamie Vardy – Alongside Ayoze Perez he ripped Brighton apart on the counter time and time again. Vardy, 32, is in the form of his life, even better than the 2015-16 season. That is saying something. He is relentless and was just too good for Brighton’s defense.


Ayoze Perez hit the post with a header at the back post after Harvey Barnes whipped in a great cross.

Vardy then went close as his header from a wide free kick was pushed over by Ryan. Leicester kept coming forward as Perez set up Barnes who was denied by Ryan.

But Brighton improved as the first half wore on as Shane Duffy flicked his header over the bar.

Maddison then played it to Vardy but couldn’t finish right on half time.

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In the second half Brighton tried to take the game to Leicester with Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly seeing plenty of the ball but they were then hit on the break.

Perez didn’t make the most of the first one but the Foxes broke moments later and Vardy played in the Spaniard to give them the lead.

Ben Chilwell then surged down the left and set up Vardy but Ryan came up with a big save.

At the other end Ricardo Pereira then looked to bring down Maupay in the box as VAR was used but no penalty kick was awarded and Duffy then went close twice.

Vardy then raced free and set up James Maddison but he couldn’t finish, but Leicester were then awarded a penalty kick as Adam Webster pushed Demarai Gray down in the box. VAR checked the penalty but it stood and Vardy’s penalty was saved then Maddison headed home, but the goal was chalked off as he was in the box when he scored.

The penalty kick was retaken and Vardy scored to seal the win as the Foxes stay second in the Premier League.

Brighton win again, beat Norwich

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Brighton beat Norwich City 2-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, as the Seagulls continue their amazing form at home.

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Graham Potter‘s side saw Leandro Trossard score one and set up another as the Seagulls made it 2-0 thanks to Shane Duffy‘s late striker. They dominated Norwich and should have won by a heftier margin.

With the win Brighton move up to eighth in the table, while Norwich remain second from bottom.


3 things we learned

1. Trossard’s quality tells: The playmaker arrived from Genk this summer and when he’s been fit, he’s made a huge difference. Potter has Brighton playing lovely football and they need a cutting edge. Trossard delivers that, and he was the difference on Saturday with a goal and an assist.

2. Norwich fail to support Pukki: Early in the season the Canaries were getting up to support Pukki, but they just aren’t doing that anymore. Farke’s side are sitting too deep, maybe due to their defensive injuries and issues, and aren’t gambling to support their star Finnish striker in attack.

3. Seagulls soaring away from relegation scrap: Many believed Brighton would be in the bottom three at the end of the season, and that clearly won’t be the case. They are solid defensively but now have a clear plan in midfield and attack and they are exciting to watch. They’ve made the most of the momentum they gained from beating Tottenham. What a start for Potter.

Man of the Match: Leonardo Trossard – He jumped off the bench and scored and grabbed an assist, with the Belgian playmaker key in this Brighton side. If he can stay fit, the Seagulls will be clear of the bottom three.


Brighton dominated the first half but couldn’t finish off the chances they created as Norwich held on.

Neal Maupay then missed a sitter, as he swung his foot at but failed to get a proper connection as Brighton let Norwich off the hook.

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In the second half it was Aaron Connolly‘s turn to go close, then at the other end Teemu Pukki had a half chance but couldn’t make the most of it.

Norwich barely threatened in attack and Pukki was an isolated figure up top.

Montoya whipped in a cross at the near post as Trossard poked home to put Brighton 1-0 with 20 minutes to go and seal all three points for the Seagulls.

Maupay was denied by Tim Krul late on and missed another glorious chance late on, but Duffy then scored as he stretched his leg out to make it 2-0 after Trossard’s ball.

Brighton’s great home form continues as they’ve now won three-straight at the Amex.