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: Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion

The Whites became something of a laughing stock last weekend when they were eliminated from the FA Cup by a Crawley team which even found time to field a left-back more famous for appearing in TOWIE, but will be hoping to pick up a win to restore some confidence.

Bielsa named a much-changed side for that game in fairness, and will welcome back some more familiar faces for the visit of the Seagulls, with Patrick Bamford the main name Leeds fans will be hoping to see on the score sheet again.

The Argentine boss admitted he got some of his substitutions wrong in that game, most notably the one which saw Liam Cooper withdrawn at half-time. The Leeds captain is expected to return to the starting XI when Brighton come to Elland Road though, with Luke Ayling alongside him as Robin Koch and Diego Llorente remain injured. As well as their centre back pair, Leeds are without influential midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who serves a one-game ban for picking up five yellow cards.

Illan Meslier will also return between the sticks, replacing Kiko Casilla, who had a shocker when given the chance to impress against Crawley. It’s hard to believe the Spaniard was one of Real Madrid’s signings to replace Iker Casillas a few years back, given his nightmare stint in England so far.

Brighton have had goalkeeping issues of their own recently, with Robert Sanchez taking the gloves from Mat Ryan after the Aussie’s poor run of form. Sanchez has established himself as the club’s new number one, with Ryan rumoured to be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

Graham Potter will be hoping his side can pick up a much needed win, with the Seagulls verging on the brink of the bottom three, and without a victory in their five league games. Narrow defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City have been complimented by score draws with Sheffield United, West Ham and Wolves, but it’s not been enough to lift Brighton any higher than 17th.

A win on Saturday could take them above Burnley, and they’ll have Yves Bissouma back available after suspension to try and do it. Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, Tariq Lamptey, Alireza Jahanbaksh and Aaron Connolly are all out. Percy Tau and Neal Maupay will battle to be named up front.

Leeds take on Brighton on Saturday, January 16th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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

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

Gareth Bale seals Tottenham 2-1 win over Brighton

The Welsh international came off the bench to clinch all three points as Spurs move up to second in the table.

Mourinho’s team were on top from the start in this one as Harry Kane and Sergio Reguilon forced early stops from Robert Sanchez.

And with Spurs coming in waves against the under pressure Seagulls defence, Kane edged them in front on 10 minutes.

The England skipper was fouled right on the edge of the box by Adam Lallana and after a long VAR check he confidently fired home from the spot.

Brighton looked to wrestle themselves back into it after the break as highly rated full back Tariq Lamptey netted his first ever Premier League goal.

Solly March stretched the Spurs defence in behind to pull back for Pascal Gross and he unselfishly fed in Lamptey to sidefoot past Hugo Lloris.

Mourinho threw on Bale in the closing stages to try and turn the tide and the Real Madrid loanee provided the vital impetus.

Toby Alderweireld’s pass sent Reguilon free in behind Lamptey and the Spaniard arrowed cross found Bale inside the box and the returning made no mistake to power past Sanchez.

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 2 Brighton 1