• Should Expectations Change Following Fantastic Start

    It has been a relatively strong start to the 2021/22 season for Brighton where, after nine games, they sit around the Champions League placings, among the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton.

    At the start of this season, most realistic Brighton fans would have been hoping for a top half finish for the Seagulls at best. In the four seasons of being in the Premier League since gaining promotion in 2017, there's been no finish higher than 15th place.
    Brighton have never finished in the top half of the leading division in English football so, if the club were able to achieve that goal this season, they would make history. There is obviously a long way to go yet, but some Seagulls fans will now be dreaming of Europe.

    Graham Potter’s side have some big games coming up which will test whether they can sustain a push towards qualification for Europe next season. They take on Liverpool at Anfield on the 30th of October and have football odds of 37/4 to come away from Merseyside with all three points.

    Goals a Concern
    Although results have been fantastic for Brighton, the one concern Potter may have is the low return of goals. His side have scored just nine goals from their opening nine games. It is the lowest of any team in the top half of the table. To put it in comparison to one of the top teams, Liverpool have scored 22 goals in that same period.

    Half of those nine team goals have come from Neal Maupay and it's safe to say that the Frenchman is in good form. He is in his third season at the club now and he may be set for his best return yet. The 25-year-old has had very little support from the rest of the forwards in the team, though.

    Potter may look to add some firepower to his squad in January and he has been linked with a move for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who scored 24 goals for the Spanish club last season. He would be a huge boost to the squad for the second half of the campaign.

    Defence Rock Solid Despite White Exit
    There were some concerns about how the Seagulls' defence would hold up this season after losing Ben White during the summer. The Englishman had been consistently one of the side's best players over the last few years and so he earnt the opportunity to move to Arsenal for £50 million.

    Brighton have kept seven clean sheets in all competitions this season, which is an impressive defensive record for a side that has lost arguably its best defender. Only Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded fewer goals in the Premier League through the opening eight games.

    Spanish goalkeeper Robert Sanchez has been excellent between the sticks in his second season as the number one ‘keeper at the club. He has also had a rock-solid defence in front of him, with Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Dan Burn forming a great partnership in the 3-5-2 formation.

    The challenge now for Brighton will be to continue this excellent run. Teams will not be underestimating them, so they may need to up their performances again to remain in a high position in the table.
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