• Can Albion Make Waves in the 19/20 Season

    Despite a stuttering second half of the last campaign, the Seagulls accomplished their primary goal of staying in the top flight of English football, earning the right to try to do the same this coming year. Letís take a look at Albionís chances of staying up once again and, perhaps, even taking a step forward and turning a few heads in the 2019/20 season.

    Odds Of Staying Up

    It was little surprise that according to most bookies, Albion were one of the relegation favourites last season. After surviving a first season in the Premier League, second-season syndrome was a real risk for Chris Hughton and his side. It can take a brave man to bet on recently-promoted sides surviving the cut and thrust of Premier League football, but fans who backed the Albion with cold hard cash have been rewarded twice now.

    Looking to the upcoming season, and bookies are still not particularly keen on the Seagullsí survival hopes. The Albion are generally fourth favourites to be relegated on most books at odds of around 15/8. Only Burnley who are around 6/4 to survive, and newly-promoted Norwich City and Sheffield United are least fancied with odds of 10/11 and 4/6 to be relegated, respectively.

    Albion fans might take a quizzical look at the odds of both Aston Villa and Newcastle, with both being assessed as better bets for survival right now. Aston Villa may be splashing the cash on their return to the Premier League, but this is not always a sure-fire route to survival Ė Fulham: weíre looking at you. Without Rafa Benitez in the Newcastle hot seat, the basketcase north-east club could be returning to the Championship once agin. If you are considering placing a wager on who you think will be relegated, you can bet with bet365 at Freebets.com.

    2019/20 Squad Changes

    Albion have made a steady start to the summer transfer window. The club managed to sign the talented Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, who was also linked with clubs other than Brighton, making his arrival in Sussex somewhat of a coup. Albion fans will be hoping that Trossard will provide some much-needed dynamism to an attacking unit which struggled to deliver goals for much of the last campaign.

    Another arrival is the highly-rated Matt Clarke from Portsmouth. Clarke may be relatively unknown to many Premier League fans, but those who have kept an eye on the lower leagues, will know all about Clarke, who has built a reputation as a promising young English center-back, and his arrival will add depth to Albionís defensive options.

    There are sure to be further signings before the Summer transfer window closes, but it is also worth noting that, despite some reports of interest, the club hasnít sold any key players this summer. Albion fans can expect some great things from this squad in the upcoming season. Premier League clubs seem to be picking up the transfer pace over the past few days, and one move often makes others possible. It could be a hectic few weeks for Albionís recruitment team.

    New Manager

    After sacking Chris Hughton following a spell in which he only won 3 of the last 23 Premier League games, the club brought in Graham Potter as the new manager, bringing him in on a 4-year deal from Swansea.

    Potter helped Swansea achieve a 10th place finish in last yearís Championship, playing an attractive brand of football. He is a young coach, but he also has the benefit of the experience of having coached Swedish side Ostersund before joining Swansea, and he enjoyed tremendous success with the former. Brighton will hope that he is the right man to lead the club into the next phase of Tony Bloomís project: making the club an established Premier League club for years to come.
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