BBC pundit Martin Keown believes that Brighton are “much better” when they play with two centre-forwards rather than one.
Graham Potter has fielded a two-man front line for their last three Premier League matches and it brought them victory over Norwich at the weekend, a result which all but confirms their top-flight status again for next season.
Keown was speaking on Match of the Day with Gary Lineker and Ian Wright on Saturday and, in analysing the Seagulls’ win at Carrow Road, he said [via Sussex Live]: “Two up top, Gary, it makes them look much better.”
Brighton have amassed 36 points so far in this season’s Premier League, 22 of which have come when Potter has played with two centre-forwards. He has gone with two up top in 15 league games this term, yielding a return of 1.47 points per game with two strikers. Their record with a lone centre-forward is 14 points from 18 games, an average of just 0.78 points per game. [via TransferMarkt]
Furthermore, six of their eight league wins in 2019/20 have come when they have started with two strikers – the only matches they won with just one centre-forward were against Bournemouth in December and Arsenal last month. [via TransferMarkt]
Brighton have scored 20 goals in the 15 league matches where they had two centre-forwards (1.33 per game) compared to 15 goals in 18 league matches with only one striker (0.83 per game). [via TransferMarkt]
Would you rather see Brighton starting with one centre-forward or two?
The Seagulls win more, score more and collect more points per game when Potter fields two centre-forwards rather than one. Therefore, Keown is quite right in saying that Brighton are indeed “much better” when they start with a double act up top rather than going with a lone striker.
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