Brighton fight back to secure 3-3 thriller at home to Wolves

Both sides showed their best in attack and their worst in defence as Nuno Santo’s visitors threw away a two-goal lead in the second half.

Wolves looked the more inventive in the opening stages but it was Brighton that struck first on 14 minutes as Aaron Connolly turned home Leandro Trossard’s pass.

But Wolves weren’t down for long as the determined visitors struck back just after as Roman Saiss nodded home Nelson Semedo’s corner.

That goal tipped the balance for Wolves before half time, as Seagulls defender Dan Burn suffered a nightmare few minutes.

The giant centre back poked home an own goal form Pedro Neto’s deflected shot before his late lunge on Adama Traore allowed Ruben Neves to make 3-1 from the spot.

But despite a horror show at the end of the first half, Brighton roared back into life in the second period as Neil Maupay tucked home a penalty.

That gave Potter’s side a foothold back in the game, and despite Wolves creating more chances, Brighton carried the bigger threat.

Adam Webster fired a warning comeback shot as his header thumped back off the bar before Lewis Dunk powered home from Trossard’s corner.

Wolves substitute Owen Otasowie almost pinched it in added time for Wolves but his header flashed wide.

Full Time at an action-packed AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 3 Wolves 3

Arsenal secure crucial 1-0 Premier League win at Brighton

The Gunners will now kick off the New Year in 13th place after Alexandre Lacazette secured a vital three points.

Despite showing signs of moving in the right direction in recent weeks, the Gunners were second best in the first half, as Brighton created the better chances.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s low drive was the best Graham Potter’s team could muster in the first 45 with Bernd Leno equal to his effort.

Arteta’s side did slowly begin to turn the tide after the break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tested Robert Sanchez and Gabriel Martinelli fired over.

And as Arsenal found themselves in the ascendency late on, Lacazette grabbed his chance to put them in front.

Bukayo Saka’s driving run had the Brighton defence on the back foot and Lacazette collected his square ball to fire home.

Neither side were able to create a grandstand finish on the south coast as Arsenal grabbed back to back wins for the first time since the opening day.

Full Time at the Amex Stadium it’s Brighton 0 Arsenal 1

Premier League: Brighton vs Arsenal

The Gunners haven’t won in their last 5 Premier League meetings against Brighton, but, will be hoping to change their fortunes as they look to bounce back from their 7-game winless spell prior to Boxing Day.

Brighton, on the other hand, are in a rut of their own, without a win in their last 6 league fixtures and are still in search of their first home win of the season.

Speaking after the win against Chelsea, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted he felt responsible for his clubs “draining, frustrating and painful” form.

Tomorrow’s fixtures come as the first of a run of games that his side will have identified as winnable or potentially must-win as they face West Brom, Crystal Palace and Newcastle in the following weeks.

The game is an 18:00 pm kick-off at the Amex on Tuesday 29th December.

Premier League: Brighton vs Arsenal

The Gunners haven’t won in their last 5 Premier League meetings against Brighton, but, will be hoping to change their fortunes as they look to bounce back from their 7-game winless spell prior to Boxing Day.

Brighton, on the other hand, are in a rut of their own, without a win in their last 6 league fixtures and are still in search of their first home win of the season.

Speaking after the win against Chelsea, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted he felt responsible for his clubs “draining, frustrating and painful” form.

Tomorrow’s fixtures come as the first of a run of games that his side will have identified as winnable or potentially must-win as they face West Brom, Crystal Palace and Newcastle in the following weeks.

The game is an 18:00 pm kick-off at the Amex on Tuesday 29th December.

Sheffield United held to frustrating 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton

But a late goal from substitute Danny Welbeck held the luckless Blades to a 1-1 draw.

Both sides struggled to get into a rhythm in the opening half hour with Aaron Connolly scuffed effort and David McGoldrick’s clever free kick the only real chances.

But a slow burner of a tie drifting to half time, Chris Wilder’s task was made even harder as John Lundstram was sent off for a lunge at Joel Veltman.

United were forced to dig in after restart before Jadon Bogle buried his first Blades goal on the hour.

McGoldrick did brilliantly to hold the ball up and slip in the former Derby man to smash past Robert Sanchez.

The Seagulls were swift in their response with Adam Webster bringing the best from Aaron Ramsdale and Connolly headed a gift-wrapped chance over the bar.

But with all the pressure being applied the Blades goal, they eventually cracked with five minutes left, as Welbeck sharply turned home a loose ball.

Brighton substitute Alireza Jahanbakhsh did almost net a bizarre own goal in added time but the Blades bad luck struck once again.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Sheffield United 1

Unflappable Danny Ings downs Seagulls in Southampton Win.

Southampton extended their unbeaten run against their south-coast rivals to eight games after a 2-1 victory at the Amex Stadium.

2000 Seagulls fans were welcomed back to the ground following a nine-month absence and would have been delighted to see their team take the lead with a Pascal Gross penalty that sent Alex McCarthy the wrong way after James Ward Prowse handled the ball in the area.

It was just reward for a first 25mins that saw Brighton on the front foot, calling the Southampton keeper off his line to gather on two previous occasions.

Brighton continued to press after the goal with Southampton struggling to find any real rhythm in their game and it was against the run of play that the Saints found their breakthrough with James Ward-Prowse continuing his impressive record from set-pieces with a pinpoint corner that found the head of Jan Vestergaard.

Brighton started the second half equally brightly with Tariq Tamptey looking threatening down the right but it was Southampton who would have the final say on proceedings.

Kyle Walker-Peters was bought down by Solly March on the edge of the area on 79 minutes with the referee initially awarding a free-kick. A lengthy VAR review duly followed with David Coote finally awarding the penalty which substitute Danny Ings dispatched to notch his 7th of the season.

Southampton in the European places and Brighton left wondering what might have been.

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.

Brighton fightback to secure 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool

Graham Potter’s side looked to be heading for defeat in the closing stages before Pascal Gross tucked home a 93rd minute spot kick.

Jurgen Klopp was left incensed by the decision at full time, but in truth, his side struggled to close the game out on the south coast.

The Seagulls were the better side in the opening half hour, with Aaron Connolly wasting a golden opportunity to put them in front.

However, the Irishman made amends on 22 minutes, as his industry inside the box won a penalty from Neco Williams.

But despite being handed another perfect chance to take the lead, Neil Maupay failed to test Alisson, as his poor penalty flew past the post.

Liverpool did shake themselves into life after the break, as Diogo Jota netted his ninth Reds goal to edge them ahead on the hour.

Mo Salah slipped him in on the edge of the box and the former Wolves man slalomed past two Brighton challenges and fired past Mat Ryan.

The game turned scrappy in the final quarter of an hour and with Liverpool unable to find a second, Brighton snatched a late point.

Andrew Robertson appeared to clip Danny Welbeck inside the area and Gross kept his cool to smash home.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Liverpool 1

Premier League: Brighton v Liverpool

Visitors Liverpool suffered a rare defeat at Anfield in the Champions League midweek losing 0-2 to Italian side Atalanta.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes for the game which represented the Reds’ first loss at home in the group stages of the competition for six seasons.

In fact, it was Liverpool’s first defeat in 90 minutes at home since they lost to Chelsea in 2018.

But it is a trip to the South Coast on the agenda this weekend, with the possibility of ending the weekend top of the Premier League.

Currently second, victory for Liverpool over Brighton and dropped points for leaders Spurs in a tough game at Chelsea will put the Reds top of the pile.

The ambition for 16th placed Brighton is different, however – after a tough run to begin the campaign, the Seagulls have struggled to pick up victories, particularly at home, with Brighton’s last 4 top flight victories coming on the road.

That includes last weekend’s win at Aston Villa, which was a welcome three points for Brighton to give them a 4 point cushion over 17th placed Burnley and a 5 point gap to the relegation zone.

An unlikely win over Liverpool could see Brighton level with Manchester City in the top flight standings.

And Graham Potter will no doubt be aware of the Champions’ sick list, with a number of first team stars out injured.

Defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain long-term absentees, with midfielder Fabinho and injury-prone Joel Matip likely to be considered across the back line.

Trent Alexander-Arnold remains out with a calf problem, as do Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara with knee issues.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are major doubts, meaning Klopp is almost certain to call upon fringe or U23 players to fill the gaps. Xherdan Shaqiri will also be missing.

Brighton have a busy treatment room too, although Adam Lallana and Alexis Mac Allister are likely to be put through late fitness tests.

Impressive youngster Tariq Lamptey is suspended after a red card last time out against Aston Villa, but Davy Propper and Leandro Trossard could return to the fold after bouts of sickness and muscle issues respectively.

Brighton v Liverpool is a 1230 kick off on Saturday 28 November.

Brighton held to 0-0 Premier League draw at home to Burnley

On a night of few chances on the south coast, Brighton can count themselves unlucky not to nick a win, whilst Burnley struggles continue.

The Seagulls were on top from the start in this one, as Tariq Lamptey’s effort just cleared the bar and Nick Pope denied Danny Welbeck.

Burnley did carve out one first chance, albeit with a huge slice of luck, as Matt Lowton’s deflected cross crept past Mat Ryan.

But the crossbar was to save the Australian’s blushes before the break.

Graham Potter’s side maintained the momentum after the restart as the hosts pushed for a breakthrough.

But it wasn’t to be the Seagulls night, as Mike Dean waved away two penalty shouts, and Neil Maupay wasted a late chance to win it.

Full Time on a low-key night at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Premier League: Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley

The Seagulls head into this one in 16th place in the Premier League standings with five points from their seven games so far.

As for opponents Burnley, they’re currently rock bottom of the Premier League table having secured just a single point from their opening 6 League matches.

Brighton’s league position doesn’t quite tell the story of their campaign so far, with Graham Potter’s side turning in some decent performances against tough opposition.

However, Albion haven’t been able to turn those promising displays into points, with games they have dominated against sides outside the top eight in the division still not yielding a full allocation.

Burnley’s issues may stem from the fact that they were reluctant to spend money in the summer transfer window perhaps triggered by the current coronavirus crisis.

The Clarets spent just £1m on former Brighton man Dale Stephens during the summer as their only real addition of note.

The lack of investment in the playing squad, coupled with several injuries to Burnley’s first team, has left Sean Dyche with a threadbare squad for this first stretch of games.

Those fitness issues are beginning to look up for Dyche, with no new injuries to contend with ahead of Friday’s clash with Brighton.

The potential return of Phil Bardsley and Ben Mee to the fold would be a huge boost, although it seems unlikely either player would feature from the start.

Johan Berg Gudmundsson is an expected absentee with a calf injury – the Iceland international missed the last fixture against Chelsea with the same problem.

For Graham Potter’s Brighton, Solly March is a major doubt to face Burnley due to an ankle injury sustained last time out against Tottenham Hotspur.

Brighton hearts were in mouths regarding the fitness of Tariq Lamptey during the game in North London after the impressive youngster was withdrawn. However, it was just a bout of cramp and the 20-year-old looks set to return against the Clarets.

Brighton against Burnley kicks off at 5.30pm on Friday 6th November.

Premier League: Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley

The Seagulls head into this one in 16th place in the Premier League standings with five points from their seven games so far.

As for opponents Burnley, they’re currently rock bottom of the Premier League table having secured just a single point from their opening 6 League matches.

Brighton’s league position doesn’t quite tell the story of their campaign so far, with Graham Potter’s side turning in some decent performances against tough opposition.

However, Albion haven’t been able to turn those promising displays into points, with games they have dominated against sides outside the top eight in the division still not yielding a full allocation.

Burnley’s issues may stem from the fact that they were reluctant to spend money in the summer transfer window perhaps triggered by the current coronavirus crisis.

The Clarets spent just £1m on former Brighton man Dale Stephens during the summer as their only real addition of note.

The lack of investment in the playing squad, coupled with several injuries to Burnley’s first team, has left Sean Dyche with a threadbare squad for this first stretch of games.

Those fitness issues are beginning to look up for Dyche, with no new injuries to contend with ahead of Friday’s clash with Brighton.

The potential return of Phil Bardsley and Ben Mee to the fold would be a huge boost, although it seems unlikely either player would feature from the start.

Johan Berg Gudmundsson is an expected absentee with a calf injury – the Iceland international missed the last fixture against Chelsea with the same problem.

For Graham Potter’s Brighton, Solly March is a major doubt to face Burnley due to an ankle injury sustained last time out against Tottenham Hotspur.

Brighton hearts were in mouths regarding the fitness of Tariq Lamptey during the game in North London after the impressive youngster was withdrawn. However, it was just a bout of cramp and the 20-year-old looks set to return against the Clarets.

Brighton against Burnley kicks off at 5.30pm on Friday 6th November.