Not solely are they 11 locations and 15 factors behind their opponents within the Premier League, they’ve misplaced their final seven video games towards Metropolis in all competitions. That run stretches again to an unlikely second-round League Cup upset in September 2008.
Brighton are winless in eight league video games and go into this fixture three factors above the relegation zone. Metropolis, in the meantime, have seen a gradual uptick in type and arrive on the again of three consecutive league wins towards Chelsea, Newcastle and Southampton.
Throw of their victories towards Arsenal and Manchester United within the League Cup, plus a 3-0 win towards Birmingham Metropolis within the FA Cup on Sunday, and Metropolis have now gained six in a row towards robust opposition. Barring a dramatic reversal in fortunes, Graham Potter’s males might be in for a tough night time.
Requested about Metropolis’s type forward of the match, Potter stated: “They’re in a extremely good second. The Chelsea recreation particularly was top-of-the-line video games I’ve seen from a efficiency perspective, they have been improbable.
“They’ve been stable, they do not concede a lot, defensively they’re very sound and the fluidity that you simply affiliate with them has been getting higher and higher as you’d count on. They are a high group.”
Regardless of Brighton’s struggles, Pep Guardiola was filled with reward in his pre-match press convention. “They’re a pleasure to look at and analyse,” he stated.
“Once you see them, you might be involved of the standard. I stated to the gamers at present that we must be at a excessive commonplace to compete towards them.
“They’ve higher stats in all departments, besides possibly the ultimate third, however what they create and the way few they concede – I’m an enormous fan of Graham Potter.
“Everybody performs of their place and [when] the ball comes, [they have] the braveness to play all over the place.
“I like loads what they play and will probably be a superb check […] after quite a lot of video games for everybody. That’s my solely concern.”