View From The Opposition - Brighton
After Saturday's draw at Vicarage Road, the Foxes welcome Brighton to an empty King Power Stadium tonight. Giving us a preview of the Seagulls is Brighton-based freelance journalist Anthony Scott. Anthony runs Scott Media and has a huge passion for football.
Jamie Vardy in action during the reverse fixture in November
Graham Potter is looking to build on a successful return to action as he takes his Brighton & Hove Albion side to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night. The Seagulls picked up their first win of 2020 with a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday to move five points clear of the bottom three.
The Albion boss couldn’t hide his feeling of pride having watched his side come from a goal down to win all three points in added time.
“It’s a massive three points,” said Potter.
“To go a goal down and still come away with the win is huge, especially with no supporters here. You have got to find the answers from within. I’m so proud of the players.”
Lewis Dunk scored his first home goal of the season to cancel out Pepe’s opener, before Neal Maupay struck in added time to give Albion their first win since December 28.
“It has been a long time,” Potter added. “The margins haven’t quite been with us and we had to work to turn those around. It’s important we showed we are here to fight.”
However, Brighton will be hoping to put history aside as their record against the Foxes since promotion to the Premier League isn’t great – with just one draw from their five meetings since 2017/18. The reverse fixture back in November saw Brendan Rodgers’ men prevail 2-0 on the Sussex coast, with Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy’s second half goals proving to be enough for all three points.
But as seen with the Bundesliga since its restart, home advantage may not necessarily count for much and Potter is hoping to take the game to their hosts.
“I think we have to set up in a way that we think can give us a chance to win – if not to win then to get something from the game,” said Potter. “That’s how we should approach it. You always have to look at the external factors that are against you, I suppose. That’s the opposition, that’s the environment you’re going to – they all come into your thinking a little bit."
“At the same time, you always need to be focusing on your team and what you need to do and make sure you’re organised and have an understanding of what you’re trying to achieve. Leicester are a very good, very organised and very powerful side. They have some great experience plus some younger players with not just potential, but who can affect the top end of the Premier League at the moment – they are third on merit.”
With the Foxes struggling to find top gear upon their return on the weekend, the Seagulls will be hoping a repeat of Saturday’s performance will see them leave the King Power with at least a share of the spoils - so I'll go for a 1-1 draw.
What do you think Foxes fans? How do you see the game going?