Brighton & Hove Albion welcomes Brentford to the American Express Stadium for a midweek Premier League clash on Wednesday night.
Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton side aims to extend their unbeaten home run to six matches, while Thomas Frank’s Brentford looks to continue their undefeated streak against the Seagulls to three games.
Brighton came into their game against Chelsea following back-to-back wins against AEK Athens and Nottingham Forest, extending their unbeaten run to seven games across all competitions.
Despite boasting 68% possession and playing with an extra man in the second half after Conor Gallagher’s dismissal, they suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Currently placed eighth in the Premier League, Brighton has scored in their last 30 top-flight matches and has seen both teams score in each of their previous 18 league fixtures, showcasing an impressive scoring run.
With three successive home games ahead, including a crucial Europa League group-stage fixture, Brighton will target maximum points from their clashes against Brentford and Burnley to climb back into the top seven.
However, their recent home form includes three consecutive draws during an unbeaten five-game run on the South coast.
Moreover, they failed to win against Brentford last season, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw at home.
On the other side, Brentford returned to winning ways against Luton Town after consecutive defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal. Their 3-1 victory marked their fifth win in the Premier League this season.
Thomas Frank praised his team’s performance in the win and remains optimistic despite being 11th in the table, just three points behind Brighton.
Brentford’s recent form includes one win in their last five league games, with defeats against Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
However, they managed a draw against Nottingham Forest, who have been strong at home since their promotion to the top flight.
Despite their inconsistent midweek form in the Premier League and a history of only two wins in their last nine visits to Brighton, Brentford will take confidence from their previous encounter’s draw.
Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Mahmoud Dahoud will miss the game due to suspensions, while several players remain sidelined due to injuries, including Ansu Fati, Tariq Lamptey, Pervis Estupinan, Solly March, Julio Enciso, and Danny Welbeck.
Adam Webster may not be fit for Wednesday’s game, so Igor Julio and Jan Paul van Hecke are likely to continue at centre-back.
Brighton may see changes in their starting lineup with Joao Pedro, Kaoru Mitoma, and Pascal Gross pushing for starts.
For Brentford, several players like Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey, Kevin Schade, and Nathan Collins are out due to injuries.
Ivan Toney and Christian Norgaard are suspended, while Mathias Jensen, Josh Dasilva, and Mikkel Damsgaard are nearing returns.
Thomas Frank might assess Kristoffer Ajer’s fitness after his last-minute withdrawal in the previous game. Saman Ghoddos could continue as a makeshift right-back, with Shandon Baptiste eyeing a starting role.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Brighton & Hove Albion:(4-2-3-1)
Veltman, Van Hecke, Igor, Milner;
Adingra, Pedro, Mitoma;
Ajer, Mee, Pinnock, Janelt;
Onyeka, Baptiste, Yarmolyuk;
Mbeumo, Maupay, Wissa
Brighton and Brentford, despite missing key players, are evenly matched. The Seagulls may hold a slight advantage playing at home, but the game could end in an entertaining draw as both teams aim for maximum points.
- Our prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Brentford