Premier League relegation contenders: Brighton

Brighton have been in the English Premier League for three years now but it is likely that the Seagulls might struggle for survival this time around.

Last season was a tough outing for Brighton and Hove Albion who barely escaped relegation by two points. The fans did however, experience some excitement as the club reached the semifinals of the FA Cup where they were vanquished by eventual champions Manchester City.

In the last nine games of that season, Brighton managed only three points and three goals. If they are in the same form they were at the tail-end of the season, the Seagulls might not survive the relegation scrap like they did previously.

While they have done well in preseason where they even managed to secure a 2-1 win over Valencia, we can’t say for certain if Brighton will be able to add any consistency to their play.

This summer, they’ve spent a good amount of money on new recruits. Neal Maupay was signed from Bentford on the back of a 28-goal season. With Glenn Murray ageing, a lot of responsibility will be given to Maupay.

Adam Webster comes in from Bristol City and is going to give serious competition to the likes of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

Leandro Trossard was signed from KRC Genk. The winger scored 11 goals and set up four in the Jupiler Pro League last season and would be expected to be the creative force Brighton badly need.

A few departures were also necessary with Anthony Knockaert surprisingly moving into the Championship with Fulham. The talented winger provided seven assists last season so this could be a decision that comes back to haunt the club.

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Long-serving club captain Bruno will be sorely missed. The Spaniard spent seven years with Brighton and has retired after playing 235 matches in England.

Though they might not be the best attacking unit in the league, Brighton have a strong defense. Scoring goals against this team is very hard and the addition of Webster ensures that the team is always replenished.

With Graham Potter at the helm, expect a totally different style of play. While last season they usually played with the 4-5-1 formation, they might be opting for 3-4-3 which would add more fluidity into their play.

This move could go two ways!

Either it will really propel Brighton into the higher echelons of the league table or will result in players not being able to adjust which would then affect results.

While he’s only 35, Glenn Murray is an integral part of the team. The striker isn’t the most stylish in the land but has scored 25 goals in the last two league campaigns. Murray leads the line superbly well and has a knack of scoring useful goals.

While they don’t really have a lot of strengths as compared to the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Sheffield and Aston Villa, Brighton are not going to fizzle out so easily. A relegation fight is on the horizon and could go down the wire.

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