Brighton return to Premier League action on Sunday when they entertain Everton at The AMEX Stadium. The Seagulls have fitness boosts and an injury in midfield on international duty which, could force a change or two. Below is how The Albion could lineup.
In goal will be Matthew Ryan, the keeper has settled in well into a back four that has been very consistent so far this season. The Australian keeper has been particularly impressive in games recently at Arsenal, Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion. He has also thrived due to increased competition in the goalkeeping department, with the permanent arrival of Tim Krul from Newcastle.
The defence will probably line-up like this. Captain Bruno will be at right back, Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy will be in the centre of defence and the only change will see Markus Suttner come back in for Gaetan Bong at left back. The defence has been very solid in every game this season so far, especially considering the quality of the opposition The Seagulls have come up against.
The midfield will probably shape up like this. On the right wing will be Anthony Knockaert. In central midfield will be Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross. This is due to the fact that Stephens usual midfield partner, Davy Propper has picked up an injury on international duty with The Netherlands.
Gross and Stephens will make a great midfield partnership, as they both run their socks off for the full 90 minutes and will harry the Everton midfield and give them no time on the ball in the centre of the park. Finally to complete the four-man midfield will be Solly March on the left wing.
In the Number ten role will see another change. If Pascal Gross drops into the midfield to cover the injured Davy Propper, then the number ten role he plays will need to be filled. This will most likely see Izzy Brown, who started up front in Brighton’s last game at Arsenal drop into the number ten role. For me, this will be a better role for Brown as he struggled to hold up the ball when he was up top of his own. This will also give him chance to link up with Glenn Murray and run onto any knockdowns from the big man up front.
The Striker role will then need to be filled due to Izzy Brown having to drop back into the number ten role and with the usual striker Tomer Hemed serving the second game of his three-match ban.
This will see Glenn Murray become the lone man up top and make only his second Premier League start for The Seagulls. The English striker caused Arsenal problems when he came off the bench and almost halved the deficit when he headed a cross into the side-netting. Murray will also give The Albion an out-ball like fellow striker Tomer Hemed has done so well this season. This means Brighton can knock a ball into Murray and he can hold the ball up and bring other players into play.
Whoever line-ups for The Seagulls will be looking to make it three wins from their last three home games with them having won their last two home games against Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion. This is how they might line up:
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