KICK OFF: Saturday 6th March 2021, 8PM
Two teams aiming to turn their Premier League fortunes around following underwhelming results last time out.
Brighton suffered a controversial defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last weekend while Leicester City drew away to Burnley midweek, a game they felt they should have come away with the precious three points as the battle for a top four spot heats up.
The last meeting between the two was in December as Leicester comfortably came away with a 3-0 win. A few months on, both teams will be aiming to come away with the win with both Premier League survival and a spot in the Champions League next season is on the line.
The Seagulls who sit in 16th remain three points clear of the drop zone and will be thankful that the sides around them are flattering to deceive as well, but January’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur remains their sole home triumph in the league this term before they meet a Leicester side with the best away record in the league.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have won four out of their last six in the top flight, but failure to take all three points home from the Amex would see them go three games without a win in the Premier League for the first time since June.
Brighton will continue to monitor the fitness of forward Aaron Connolly, who suffered a back spasm injury during training on Thursday.
Tariq Lamptey will see a specialist following a setback in his recovery from a hamstring issue, while Florin Andone, Solly March and Adam Webster remain out.
As for the visitors, Wesley Fofana made a welcome return in the draw against Burnley in midweek and should feature in the first XI this weekend.
Fofana’s return will mean Wilfried Ndidi goes back into the engine room in midfield with Hamza Choudhury possibly making way for the Nigerian international in midfield.Embed from Getty Images
Brendan Rodgers remains without key men for the fixture on the A26 with Harvey Barnes and James Justin out with long-term injuries. James Maddison is still a couple games away from full fitness. Jonny Evans, Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet are also still weeks away from returns.
- Brighton are winless in all seven Premier League meetings, failing to score in five of them (D2, L5).
- Leicester have beaten Brighton twice this season, in the Premier League and FA Cup. They have not earned three wins against the same top-flight team in a season since 1963.
- The Seagulls have earned only 10 points at home, the joint-worst record in the division.
- They are unbeaten in 12 away matches in all competitions (W7, D5), just two short of the club record set in December 2015.
Brighton: Sanchez; Veltman, White, Dunk, Burn; Bissouma, Gross; Trossard, Mac Allister, Jahanbakhsh; Maupay
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Amartey, Soyuncu, Fofana, Castagne; Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Vardy
SCORE PREDICTION: Brighton 1-2 Leicester City
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