Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Brighton vs Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday; start 17.30 h.
Brighton Goalkeeper Robert Sánchez will be available again after suspension for the Premier League game against Leeds.
Sánchez was sent off late against Newcastle before the international break, so Jason Steele replaced Aston Villa last weekend.
Midfielder Enock Mwepu could be back in the fight after a muscle strain, while forward Aaron Connolly has recovered from a heel problem.
Brighton Provisional Squad: Sánchez, Lamptey, Cucurella, Webster, Dunk, Duffy, Bissouma, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Trossard, Steele, Burn, Veltman, Mac Allister, March, Richards, Maupay, Locadia, Sarmiento, Mwepu, Connolly
Leeds it will be boosted by the return of Raphinha and Rodrigo, who missed last week’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.
Raphinha has recovered from illness and Rodrigo is back in the fight after a foot injury, while Jamie Shackleton is also available after missing the last two games.
Patrick Bamford (ankle), Robin Koch and Luke Ayling (both knee) remain unavailable for first-team action, although the latter is nearing his return after surgery and could appear for the U23 on Monday. .
Leeds Provisional Squad: Meslier, Llorente, Dallas, Cooper, Firpo, Struijk, Phillips, Forshaw, Klich, Harrison, Rodrigo, Raphinha, James, Gelhardt, Roberts, Klaesson, Cresswell, McCarron, Jenkins, Drameh, Greenwood.
How to follow
Brighton vs Leeds is live on Saturday Night Football on Sky Sports Premier League starting at 5 pm; start 17.30 h. Sky sports Customers can view clips of the game on the Live Match Blog at the Sky sports website and app. Highlights will also be posted on the Sky sports digital platforms and Soccer Sky Sports YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
Last time …
After four wins in its first five games, Brighton was entering talks about a possible European boost. However, the same old problems from last season have cropped up in front of goal and now they are without a win in their last seven games, only Newcastle and Manchester United have scored fewer points in that time.
Leeds will travel with high hopes, but this has the win written down at home. Brighton has an excellent recent record against Leeds, winning eight of the last nine meetings.
The way to beat Brighton is to defend with good cohesion and not leave them room to make their ingenious passing moves, as Aston Villa did brilliantly last weekend. There is absolutely no chance that Marcelo Bielsa will follow that pattern, making it easy to see a repeat result from the two games between the teams last season. Brighton won both games without conceding (2-0 and 1-0), racking up an expected goal total of 4.6 to Leeds’ 1.13 as they created plenty of opportunities while holding tight on the other end.
Some of those opportunities are likely to fall to Tariq Lamptey, who is priced very high in the Sky Bet player shooting market.
Since returning from a long hiatus, he has been playing much taller, almost like a right winger. He had the best chance of the Brighton game last weekend at Aston Villa, but his effort was rebuffed by Emi Martinez, and Lamptey was responsible for two shots on goal in the last home game with Newcastle. The triangle of him, Pascal Gross and Adam Webster found some dangerous positions in the loss at Villa but space was limited.
You’ll find more here and Lamptey is a very strong bet to shoot. two shots on goal on 7/2 with Sky Bet.
SCORE PREDICTION: 2-0
BETTING ANGLE: Tariq Lamptey will have two or more shots (7/2 with Sky Bet)
- Brighton have won eight of their last nine league games against Leeds (L1), clinching a double against the Whites in the Premier League last season.
- Leeds have lost their last five away league games against Brighton without scoring a single goal, while their last league away win against the Seagulls was in November 2009 in League One (3-0).
- Having won four of their first five Premier League matches this season, Brighton is now winless in their last seven (D5 L2); only the latest Newcastle (12) have a longer streak without a win than the Seagulls.
- In their first eight Premier League games this season, Brighton conceded just five goals (0.6 per game) and faced just 21 shots on goal (2.6 per game). In their last four, the Gaviotas have conceded nine goals (2.3 per game) and have faced 23 shots on goal (5.8 per game).
- Only Burnley (14) and Newcastle (12) have lost more points from winning positions than Leeds (10) in the Premier League this season. They are four more points than the whites scored in all of last season (6).
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