Brighton & Hove Albion will face Ajax in an exciting Europa League clash at the American Express Community Stadium on Thursday night.
Both teams are eager to end their win less runs and secure a crucial victory.
Brighton started the season strong with back-to-back wins against Newcastle United and Manchester United in the Premier League.
However, they have struggled recently, winning only one of their last seven matches across all competitions.
Their defense has been a concern, conceding 17 goals during this period.
Despite their dip in form, Brighton remains determined to secure a top-two spot in Group B of the Europa League.
Currently sitting at the bottom of the group with just one point, a victory against Ajax is crucial for their chances.
Brighton has been impressive in front of their home crowd, scoring in each of their last 13 home games in all competitions.
However, their defensive frailties could prove costly as they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
Ajax, on the other hand, has had a dismal start to the season.
They have failed to win in their last eight competitive games, leaving them second-bottom in the Eredivisie table.
Head coach Maurice Steijn has left the club, and assistant coach Hedwiges Maduro has taken over on an interim basis.
Ajax faces a tough challenge against Brighton, followed by a league encounter with PSV Eindhoven.
In recent years, Ajax has struggled against English opposition in European competitions, winning only one of their last seven meetings with Premier League teams.
However, they have an unbeaten record in the group stage of the Europa League, which gives them hope for the upcoming clash.
Brighton suffered double injury blows in their last match, with Danny Welbeck and Solly March both facing extended periods on the sidelines.
Jakub Moder is close to returning but may not be available for this game.
Brighton’s left-back options are limited, with Joel Veltman, James Milner, or Igor Julio potentially filling in.
Ajax will be without Devyne Rensch and goalkeeper Jay Gorter due to injuries.
Georges Mikautadze is also unavailable due to illness. Silvano Vos is back from suspension and will compete for a midfield spot.
Brighton & Hove Albion:
Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Igor;
Adingra, Fati, Mitoma;
Gaaei, Sutalo, Hato, Sosa;
Taylor, Tahirovic, Vos;
Forbs, Brobbey, Bergwijn
Expect an exciting match with goals from both sides. Brighton’s home advantage might give them the edge, and we predict a 3-2 victory for Brighton & Hove Albion.