The Seagulls take on Norwich at Carrow Road this lunchtime in the knowledge that a win would effectively confirm Premier League survival for Graham Potter’s men while pushing the Canaries further towards condemnation to the Championship.
Brighton were outclassed by Manchester United in midweek and West Ham’s shock win over Chelsea has pulled the Hammers to within three points of the Sussex club. The Seagulls would need to hit a real slump to get dragged into the thick of the relegation fight, although Potter will likely want one more win just to edge them well and truly clear of the mire.
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As per Brighton & Hove Independent, there is some promising news on the injury front ahead of the Carrow Road clash. Adam Webster is in line to return having missed Tuesday’s defeat with a hamstring problem, while Davy Propper could also be fit enough to feature despite being taken off at half-time in midweek with a calf issue. Steven Alzate could return to the matchday squad, too, although Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined.
Football Transfer Tavern predicts that Potter could make as many as five changes to his starting line-up today from the team that began the 0-3 loss to Manchester United. Here’s our predicted XI:
As ever, Mat Ryan will be in goal, while there could be a couple of changes to the make-up of the defence ahead of him. Dan Burn and Lewis Dunk will almost certainly keep their places, although Webster could slot in alongside Dunk at centre-back if he is fit enough to start, with Shane Duffy making way. Tariq Lamptey started in midfield on Tuesday but could revert to right-back against Norwich, which would see Martin Montoya drop out of the side.
Potter fielded a four-man midfield against Manchester United and may do so again here, albeit with a much-changed composition. Leandro Trossard and Aaron Mooy had to be content with coming on as substitutes in midweek but could start today on the left and in the centre respectively, with Yves Bissouma and Propper making way – the Dutchman might not be deployed from the start given his recent calf trouble.
Dale Stephens could be the only midfielder to keep his place from Tuesday, with Pascal Gross filling the vacancy on the right that would be created by Lamptey being restored to the defence. The German’s goal-scoring potential may see him get the nod with Brighton taking on the league’s basement club before they face champions Liverpool next Wednesday.
Brighton could go with a two-pronged attack once more, although top scorer Neal Maupay should come back in for Alexis Mac Allister after only making a substitute appearance on Tuesday. Aaron Connolly could be kept in the team alongside the Frenchman.
Five changes in all, then, as Potter’s options are set to be enhanced by the likely restoration of Webster and Propper to the squad.
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