Swansea City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Date: Saturday 4th November
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face a struggling Swansea City side on Saturday.
Sitting pretty in mid-table, Brighton will fancy their chances against 17th placed Swansea. Brighton have put in some impressive performances so far, this season and with Swansea having won just once at home this season, Hughton’s men have every reason to feel confident.Embed from Getty Images
Yet the stats are on Swansea’s side as Brighton have lost four of their last five meetings with Swansea City in all competitions. But the Seagulls are searching for a record back-to-back away victories in the top flight for only the second time.
The Swans have lost six of their first ten fixtures this season and after failing to hold on to their lead at the Emirates last weekend, they really do need a positive result this weekend. A loss for Swansea could see them dip into the drop zone, so expect a tight tussle. Much of the Swans’ hopes will rest on Tammy Abraham who has so far netted four goals this season.
Abraham has been rewarded for his fine form this season, after he received a maiden England call up this week, in which he will be in contention to play against Brazil.
Chris Hughton might count his loss when his Brighton side come up against Abraham as his side were among an array of clubs vying for the signature of the youngster on a temporary deal from Chelsea. But Paul Clement’s side were successful in their bid to woo the striker.
If form was dictate out prediction for this tie then Brighton would be favourites, yet the passionate home crowd at the Liberty stadium know their team need a result badly. Therefore, a draw is the most likely outcome, and we could see Brighton being held to another 1-1 draw in a close encounter.Embed from Getty Images
As far as team news is concerned, reports around Wilfried Bony are sketchy. He’s set to undergo a late fitness test and has been classed as “50-50” with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action for some time now. Leon Britton (illness) is expected to miss out along with Martin Olsson, Renato Sanches (both thigh) and Angel Rangel (groin).
For Brighton, they are expected to remain unchanged going into this fixture Brighton have no new injury concerns, with their only unavailable player Steve Sidwell, who is recovering from a back problem. Some good news for Brighton fans in that both Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are available after lengthy lay-offs.
Written by James Becker.