• Albion: The Season So Far

    Entering the home straight of the 2018-19 Premier League season, Albion fans will be reflecting on a season of up and downs for the Seagull. Premier League safety isnít guaranteed just yet, although Chris Hughton will be happy with recent results after a poor sequence that had everyone connected with the club eyeing the bottom three nervously. With the club looking forward to Albion's second ever FA Cup semi-final, Hughton will be pleased with achievements in the second season since promotion.

    The Wembley clash with imperious Manchester City is the main talking point amongst fans right now. Is there really the potential for some new silverware for the Amex trophy cabinet? If Albion manage to beat Southampton in the Premier League this coming weekend, Hughton's men will head to Wembley to face Manchester City in a relaxed frame of mind.

    Away from the drama of the Cup Brightonís season has been a mixed story of inconsistency. Letís have a look at the trends that have gotten us to this point so for courtesy of the team stats provided by Bet Dynamo.

    Firstly up: the glaring Jekyll and Hyde performances Albion have given home and away. The Seagulls have only kept a clean sheet in 6.67 per cent of their away games in the league this season, winning only three times on their travels all year. Whilst the Amex has become somewhat of a fortress with Brighton losing only four times at their home ground so far this season. That impressive home record includes taking four points from the games against Arsenal and Manchester United at the Amex.

    When looking at the stats on Bet Dynamo it is clear to see why the Amex is such a difficult place to win for these teams. Brighton only fail to score at home in 14.29% of home games whilst only conceding an average of 1.07 goals per game when playing at home. This combination makes the Amex a tough place for teams to come.

    One thing Brighton have also been good at is spreading goals out around the team. Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have once again been getting amongst the goals with the centre back pairing netting seven between them this season. This could be down to Brightonís efficiency from corners. At home and away Brighton rank amongst the lowest teams in the league in terms of the amount of corners they get yet goals are still coming as often as any other club from set-piece situations. This is down to the number of players who are fantastic from dead ball situations at the club with Pascal Gross and Anthony Knockaert standing out as two players who are brilliant at delivering into the box.

    Alongside the Cup run, Albion fans are still basking in the delight of doing the double over their fierce rivals Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray was the star once again in both games and that has been the story of Brightonís season with the striker seemingly getting better with age, netting 11 Premier League goals so far this season.

    With plenty of games left to play Brighton may still need a couple more wins to cement their place in the Premier League next season but an FA Cup win coupled up with the European tour that comes with it next season would certainly see this go down as the greatest year in Brightonís storied history.

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