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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leeds United: 01/05/2021 – match preview and predicted starting XIs

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leeds United

Date: 01/05/2021

K/O: 15:00

Venue: Amex Stadium

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

TV: Amazon Prime Video

Brighton host Leeds on Saturday afternoon knowing that they are just a couple of victories away from guaranteeing their Premier League status for another year. While the visitors have little to play for in their first season back in the top flight since 2004, it should be an intriguing game with both sides capable of playing eye-catching football.

The Seagulls sit seven points clear of the drop zone in 17th, with only the already-relegated Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham beneath them. Despite inconsistent displays throughout their campaign, Graham Potter’s side have always kept themselves in a safe position, keeping those beneath them at arm’s length.

It would take a drastic downturn in form – and a huge upturn from one of Fulham or West Brom – to see them drop back into the Championship. However, with fans likely to be back in the Amex from next season, it will be interesting to see if they accept a 17th placed finish.  Having said that, a strong run of victories to end the season could easily see the Seagulls rise up the table, with 13th placed Crystal Palace just four points ahead of them.

Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa can take a huge amount of positives from their return to the Premier League. Currently sitting above Arsenal in ninth, the Whites have impressed pundits and fans alike with their fast-paced, attacking football. They have been a breath of fresh air in the division and have shown that not only can they play attractive football, but that they are capable of challenging the top teams in the country. Leeds are here to stay.

In the reverse fixture at Elland Road, a first-half strike from Neal Maupay was the only goal of the game as Brighton claimed all three points. A similar outcome on Saturday would see the Brighton faithful breath a collective sigh of relief and ease the pressure that could come with a relegation dogfight.

Team News

Brighton

For the home side, Adam Lallana will have to pass a late fitness test in order to play as the English midfielder has struggled with a calf problem. Ben White could also return after serving his suspension and he is expected to return to the back three. Further up the field, the attacking trio of Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay, and Danny Welbeck have started five of Brighton’s last six games together, but the recent lack of goals for the Seagulls could mean changes; the likes of Percy Tau (back in contention after a hamstring injury), Aaron Connolly, and Alexis MacAllister all pushing for starts.

Leeds

Leeds will be without their skipper Liam Cooper, who is serving the final game of his three-match ban, while Raphinha is also missing as the Brazilian winger returns from injury. Pascal Struijk is likely to continue at the back in Cooper’s absence, with Patrick Bamford, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison set to lead the line once more. Rodrigo is another who could come back into the fold, with Tyler Roberts the likely man to miss out should the Spaniard start.

Predicted Starting XIs

Brighton (3-4-1-2): Sanchez; White, Dunk, Webster; Veltman, Gross, Bissouma, Burn; Trossard; Maupay, Welbeck

Leeds (3-3-1-3): Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk; Dallas, Phillips, Alioski; Roberts; Costa, Bamford, Harrison

Score Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Leeds

This should be an exciting game, with both sides looking to go out and play attacking football. Normally, I would give the visitors the edge given their superior form and league position – but, with the hosts having far more to play for, an extra ounce of motivation could be the difference-maker and help the Seagulls secure another vital point as they look to stay in the division.

Dan Walker

21. Spanish and Economics student at University of Leeds. Jurgen Klopp worshipping Liverpool fan passionate about all things sport. Sub-editor and part of the 90MAAT analysis and transfers sub-teams.

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# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 35 25 5 5 80
2 Manchester United 35 20 10 5 70
3 Leicester City 36 20 6 10 66
4 Chelsea 36 18 10 8 64
5 West Ham United 35 17 7 11 58
6 Liverpool 34 16 9 9 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur 35 16 8 11 56
8 Arsenal 36 16 7 13 55
9 Everton 34 16 7 11 55
10 Leeds United 35 15 5 15 50
11 Aston Villa 34 14 6 14 48
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 12 9 14 45
13 Crystal Palace 35 11 8 16 41
14 Southampton 35 11 7 17 40
15 Burnley 35 10 9 16 39
16 Newcastle United 35 10 9 16 39
17 Brighton & Hov… 35 8 13 14 37
18 Fulham 35 5 12 18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 5 11 19 26
20 Sheffield United 35 5 2 28 17

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