Brighton vs Leicester Saturday at 10 AM ET on NBC Gold
Fortress AMEX hasn’t been breached in the league since Southampton won there in August 2-0, and since that time they’ve had a 3-0 win over Tottenham and a 3-2 comeback win against Everton. We all know what happened last time Leicester traveled down south, they beat Crystal Palace 2-0. If you count up all their travels to the capital and further south, they’ve scored 12 goals, allowed one, drawn one, and won two. Another result will be needed against the Gulls if the Foxes want to continue their hot start.
Brighton’s results don’t really paint a good picture about what kind of a team they are. They followed that win against Spurs with a loss away to Aston Villa and they got incredibly lucky that Everton really Marco Silva’d that match when they were up 2-1. They currently sit 11th with a record of 4-3-5 and a -2 goal difference. I guess what I’m saying is they are a somewhat giant slaying mid-team table with a brand new manager in his first season. That wasn’t so hard to figure out!
Neal Maupay leads the team in goals scored with 4. He hasn’t been on the score sheet in the past two games, but has scored half of his goals at the AMEX stadium. Maupay had a fantastic scoring record at Brentford with 45 goals in 95 appearances and was brought in by Graham Potter with the hopes of repeating that effort. He’s currently scoring 1 in 3 which should be a bit of a concern for Leicester on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers gave an update on the health of the squad which revealed a minor injury to James Maddison while on duty with England, but said he’s fit and should be ready to play on Saturday. The high flying Foxes are coming off back-to-back 2-0 victories and keep improving on that defensive record. Only Sheffield United have also allowed under double digits goals this season and we have the second best goal difference, losing out to Manchester City 22 to 21. While all of us would take second place right now, it’s going to be a lot of fun to see if we can catch Liverpool should they slip up, however unlikely that could be.
Rain or shine Leicester is getting it done and reaping the rewards of some great football. Jamie Vardy has been on fire and is leading the charge with six goals in his last four matches. Could he go on a similar run and break his own record?
I think this match will be very similar to the one against Crystal Palace. Brighton will hold their shape and defend well and give us a lot of the ball. It’ll likely take awhile for Leicester to break them down, but eventually they’ll break and win 2-0.