2021-22 Premier League: Week Five – Brighton vs Leicester

Brighton & Hove Albion look to continue their bright start to the season as they welcome Leicester City to AMEX Stadium in an untelevised Super Sunday clash.

Should Manchester United lose elsewhere on Super Sunday, victory could lift Brighton up to second for at least a few hours.

Leicester meanwhile could go as high as sixth with a win ahead of Tottenham’s clash against Chelsea in the teatime match.

 

Team News

(Image credit: Dominic Lipinski)

Adam Webster is ruled out for Brighton until mid-October after suffering a hamstring injury in last weekend’s away win at Brentford.

Dan Burn (knee), Enock Mwepu (Coronavirus) and Aaron Connolly (glute) are all in contention to return but Tariq Lamptey (thigh) remains absent and is joined on the absentee list by Jurgen Locadia (fitness) and Pascal Gross (Coronavirus).

Leicester could be without Jonny Evans after the Northern Ireland suffered a recurrence of his foot injury in Thursday’s 2-2 draw at home to Napoli in Europa League.

James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) remain ruled out, whilst Ayoze Perez serves the last of a three match domestic ban, following his red card away at West Ham last month.

 

Stat Attack

  • Brighton are winless in eight previous Premier League meetings against Leicester (D2, L6)
  • Leicester have dropped just two points in four previous Premier League trips to Brighton (W3, D1).
  • Jamie Vardy has scored three goals in four away appearances for Leicester against Brighton, with all three goals coming after half-time.
  • Two of Brighton’s five league goals this season have been scored by Neal Maupay.
  • No Portugese player has provided more assists in the opening four matchweeks this season than Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira who has assisted in two of the Foxes’ three league goals.

 

Prediction

Despite claiming a clinical late winner at Brentford last weekend, I wasn’t overall impressed by Brighton’s performance because their defence did look unstable at times with awful gaps, yet a mixture of strong attacking and saves from Roberto Sanchez paid dividends on top of strong confidence.

Leicester meanwhile were simply outplayed by Manchester City but bounced back with an excellent performance against Napoli, even though they were often hanging on for most of the match but to blow a two goal lead and snatch a point will feel disappointing.

This match though feels like the perfect morale booster for Brendan Rogers’ Foxes given their form against Brighton, although I do expect the Seagulls to come out and make a proper fight in attack but defensive positioning could well be pivotal.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Leicester

Result: Brighton 2-1 Leicester

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