Brighton return to Premier League winning ways with 1-0 win at Leeds

Graham Potter’s side have avoided sliding into the relegation zone, thanks to Neil Maupay’s first half strike, as Leeds lost at home for the first time since December.

It was Brighton who were quicker out of the blocks than their hosts at Elland Road as Maupay deservedly slotted in front on 17 minutes.

The Seagulls burst through Leeds’ midfield on the counter attack, Leandro Trossard’s pass freed Alexis MacAllister inside the box and his square ball was tapped home by Maupay.

Brighton continued to press on from there as Trossard almost made it two as his deflected effort cracked against the bar.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side did come into more after the break though as Liam Cooper and Tyler Roberts tested Robert Sanchez.

However, the expected Leeds avalanche never really got going in the final stages as Brighton powered on to all three points.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 0 Brighton 1

Premier League Preview: Brighton v Southampton

The Saints have struggled following the return of football after the international break, but they will still be confident of a positive result in this one.

Despite their dip in form, Ralph Hasenhuttl is not expected to make too many alterations, with Shane Long the only potential change after Moussa Djenepo failed to shake off an injury.

Star man Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond have both returned to light training this week but Hasenhuttl has already confirmed neither will be included in the squad.

Brighton boss Graham Potter will recall Tariq Lamptey to the starting line-up, following a one game ban, with Joel Veltman set to drop to the bench.

Potter also confirmed Alexis MacAllister and Neil Maupay are both fit to face the Saints but Adam Lallana, Davy Propper and Florian Andone are all still sidelined.

Brighton take on Southampton at the Amex at 8pm on Monday, December 7th.

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino likens Dele Alli to Diego Maradona

Former Tottenham boss Pochettino hailed England’s Alli as a star of rare quality, bracketing the 24-year-old alongside his compatriot Maradona.

Alli has fallen out of favour at Spurs under Jose Mourinho and faces an uncertain future in north London, while the former MK Dons midfielder proved an integral part of Pochettino’s success at the club.

While Pochettino refused to comment on Alli’s situation under Mourinho, the former Espanyol and Southampton manager did offer a bold comparison with Maradona, one of the sport’s all-time greats.

“Maradona was a talented, gifted player; so strong, physicality, natural body, that’s strong, quick, powerful, but then his character, it’s winning, the DNA,” Pochettino told Sky Sports, speaking as a guest on Monday Night Football.

“He’s a winner, he’s a winner, and then the charisma, the energy makes him so special.

“The charisma is the best thing he has, when he walks into the room everyone watches him, everyone wants to touch him, wants to ask for a picture.

“His energy, you smell the energy, his charisma it’s amazing.

“Ronaldinho at Paris St Germain was similar.

“And it’s similar in this way with Dele. People love him in this way.

“When you add the charisma to the talent, that’s what makes a special player.

“When he was scoring goals, kids loved him like he was Ronaldinho.

“My son was saying ‘inho, inho, inho’, he was not even two years old and could not really talk, but he had seen Ronaldinho dancing and he had the ball on the back of his neck, on the 7UP advert, with Fido Dido.

“Kids feel this charisma, this energy, and with Dele it’s happened the same; he has this charisma that kids love and follow.

“I’m not going to talk about the situation (for Alli) now, I need to be respectful with the current staff and coaches, it’s not my responsibility any more; you need to respect that.

“Dele was an amazing player for us; the hunger and the energy and the aggression.

“He was always on the edge of the line, so you needed to help him and tell him to be careful and take one step back.

“He’s still young, but I think we enjoyed a lot together, with all the team.

“We built a very special relationship with all the team.

“I hope that everything’s going well for everyone that’s there. My feelings are the best for him and for all the players.”

Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in November 2019 and while he admits he is now ready for a managerial return, the 48-year-old insisted he will wait for the right opening.

“I am not going to close any door, football is going to take the decision,” he said.

“I am waiting to feel what is the right option for us to take. My energy is full and I’d love to be involved in the game.

“It’s a good moment to wait, and for the right project.”

Premier League Preview: Brighton v West Brom

The visitors have picked up just two points on their return to the top-flight with hard fought draws against Chelsea and Burnley in recent weeks.

Slaven Bilic’s side were unlucky not to beat the Clarets last weekend and the Croatian boss is set for minor changes with Irish international duo Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson both expected to return to the side.

The hosts are also struggling for form heading into this one with Graham Potter’s side picking up one point in their last three games.

The Seagulls rallied late on at Crystal Palace last weekend and match winner Alexis MacAllister come in to start in this one.

Lewis Dunk misses out through suspension with Joel Veltman set to fill in and Pascal Gross and Aaron Connolly should also come back in.

Kick off is 5.15pm on Monday night at the AMEX Stadium.

Brighton secure late 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace

Wilf Zaha’s first half penalty looked to have decided a dull M23 derby, but Alexis MacAllister’s late strike nicked a valuable point for the Seagulls.

Neither side were to create much too in scrappy opening quarter with Brighton working hard to keep dangerman Zaha off the ball.

But despite managing to shackle him in open play, there was nothing the visitors could do to stop him scoring from the spot on 17 minutes.

Tariq Lamptey nudged over Michy Batshuayi inside the box and the Ivory Coast international calmly tucked past Mat Ryan.

That setback disrupted Brighton’s confidence with Neil Maupay wasting a pair of half chances either side of the break.

With Graham Potter’s side struggling to breakthrough Palace’s military style defence they needing a late slice of luck.

Palace defender Joel Ward gifted possession to Maupay inside the box and he squared for substitute MacAllister to force home.

Brighton’s late rally was almost undone by a red card for skipper Lewis Dunk but in the end Potter’s visitors just held out.

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