Brighton take on Southampton at the AMEX today. Here’s how the teams will lineup:
Brighton XI: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo; Groß; Murray.
Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand; Davis, Romeu; Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal; Gabbiadini.
Brighton were hoping to see the return of both Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock today following their long term injuries but unfortunately, neither made the squad.
Tomer Hemed will return to the squad today after serving a three match ban for a stomp on Deandre Yedlin during their win against Newcastle last month.
Southampton are still without Jeremy Pied as he recovers from a groin problem. They will also be without Mario Lemina today as he suffered an ankle injury in midweek training.
Sofiane Boufal has won himself a start today after scoring the winner against West Brom last week.
Brighton have won just two of their last 13 games against Southampton in all competitions (W2 D4 L7). Their last top-flight victory over Saints came in December 1981.
Pascal Gross has been involved in six of Brighton’s nine Premier League goals this season (two goals, four assists). Gross has already equalled his tally of assists (4) in both the 2016-17 and 2015-16 Bundesliga seasons whilst at FC Ingolstadt 04.
Southampton have won more Premier League away matches in 2017 (5) than they have at home (4).
The last time the two sides faced eachother was in the Championship in the 2011/12 season when there were three red cards in their two games.
Only Crystal Palace (1.9 per cent) have converted a lower proportion of their total shots in the Premier League than Southampton (5.8 per cent) this season. Southampton were also the worst side in the 2016-17 Premier League for shot conversion rate (7.5 per cent).
When asked about Sofiane Boufal’s potential involvement in the game this week, this is what Mauricio Pellegrino had to say:
“This is one possibility. I’m happy with that because Sofiane I think in the last two or three games is playing well, even when he came from the bench.
“Against Stoke and Newcastle and the other day obviously, and I’m really happy with that because I want to improve the competition in the squad.”
Brighton manager Chris Hughton is aware of what faces his team this week and is cautious of the threat Southampton pose.
“Southampton are a wonderfully gifted team and that makes it a very difficult game on Sunday. We will have to be good at both ends. They have the ability to play the game a certain way and I don’t think they will change that.”
(Credit BBC Sport)
We expect it to be a feisty encounter in the South coast. You can see it on Sky Sports Main Even channel as well as the Premier League channel.