2023-24 Premier League: Week 12 – Brighton vs Sheffield United

Brighton & Hove Albion face a tricky test against relegation battling Sheffield United at the AMEX Stadium.

Victory would see Brighton return to seventh in the table, whilst Sheffield Utd can move off the foot of the table with a win.

 

Team News

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Lewis Dunk is set to miss out for Brighton after he suffered an adductor injury during their Europa League win at Ajax.

Tariq Lamptey (fitness), James Milner, Pervis Estupinan, Danny Welbeck (all muscle), Solly March, Julio Enciso and Jakub Moder (all knee) remain absent.

Sheffield Utd could be without Gustavo Hamer and Rhian Brewster in a double blow in attack, due to respective hamstring injuries.

Anel Ahmedhodzic (hamstring), Max Lowe (ankle) and Oli McBurnie (groin) all face late fitness tests.

Chris Basham (ankle), John Egan (foot), Rhys Norrington-Davies (hamstring), Tom Davies (thigh) and Daniel Jebbison (illness) are still sidelined.

 

When is Kick-Off?

Brighton host Sheffield Utd at AMEX Stadium on Sunday 12 November in a 2pm GMT kick-off, untelevised live in the UK.

 

Stat Attack

  • Brighton are winless in four previous Premier League meetings against Sheffield Utd (D2, L2).
  • Sheffield Utd have avoided defeat in two previous Premier League trips to Brighton (W1, D1).
  • United’s Chris Basham has been booked in each of the Blades’ last two visits to Brighton, but is sidelined through injury for this trip.
  • Billy Gilmour has created more through balls than any other Brighton player in the top-flight this season, with five through balls in 10 appearances.
  • Oliver Norwood has touched the ball on more occasions than any other Sheffield Utd player in the Premier League this season, having made 602 touches in 10 appearances.

 

Prediction

Although their league form hasn’t exactly been consistent with no wins in their last five and yet to keep a clean sheet, Brighton should come into this match full of confidence after delivering a disciplined yet clinical attacking display to beat Ajax rather comfortably.

Sheffield Utd meanwhile have finally got the flea off their back with a controversial if lucky win over Wolves, where they played well and benefitted from VAR to snatch victory but they must now build upon that fresh momentum if want to boost their survival hopes.

Brighton though should win this if they can play as well as they did at Ajax but Dunk is a huge loss in defence, which should offer the Blades hope if they can get the Seagulls’ defence under pressure and take their chances.

Brighton’s intensity and fluid attacking play especially on the flanks however might just prove crucial if can open up Sheffield Utd’s defence.

Prediction: Brighton 2-1 Sheffield United

Result: Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United

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