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    Brighton: Three ways they can survive in the Premier League...

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    Newly promoted side Brighton & Hove Albion will feature for the first time in the Premier League after finishing second in England’s EFL Championship. With inexperience in the top flight, however, most football critics are already foretelling the destiny of the Seagulls to go straight back down to the second tier.

    Brighton have Chris Hughton in charge, who has taken the reigns of three Premier League sides prior to his role at the Amex Stadium, including the likes of Tottenham Hotspur (1997), Newcastle United (2009/10) and Norwich City (2012-14).
    n 2009, Hughton brought Newcastle into the Premier League, impressively only losing four times throughout the season and winning the Championship title. However, when he took over at Norwich, the club managed to avoid relegation in 2012/13, but finished in the bottom three the following season and subsequently, Hughton was sacked with four games left to play.
    The past few seasons have shown that Brighton are deserving of a spot in the top flight, despite only winning promotion to the Championship in 2011/12. Since 2012/13, the Seagulls have only failed to finish inside the top six once and have come close to promotion on more than four different occasions.

    RealSport have picked out three things Brighton need to do in order for them to survive in the Premier League in 2017/18.

    Sign more experience

    For every new side that gets promoted to the Premier League, there’s never any doubt that they’ll need to sign some established Premier League players.
    With first choice keeper David Stockdale gone and the introduction of Australian ‘keeper Mathew Ryan, Brighton already seem on the way to bolstering their squad. The point, though, is that he’s not Premier League established, despite his quality. They need players that know how to cut it at the top.
    With the likes of Anthony Knockaert, Glenn Murray, Steve Sidwell and Sebastien Pocognoli already on Brighton’s books, the scouting for experience will need to continue for a chance of surviving in the Premier League.
    In the past, we have seen Hughton-managed sides showcase a lot attacking talent, but some very weak and leaky backlines that concede. An established centre-back and a proven goal-scorer could be on the cards to help Brighton on their journey to survival.

    Play for the win, not the draw

    In the past, Hughton coached sides have often played out tough matches where it looks like they can win, but have decided to play for the draw. We saw this with Norwich, where Gary Hooper often started as the only forward up front with fans expecting Ricky van Wolfswinkel to join him towards the end of games.
    Instead Hughton regularly withdrew Hooper for centre-back Sebastian Bassong as the Canaries looked to salvage a scrappy draw.
    Every season is different and obviously for every manager, a new club will showcase a certain style of play based on the players they have at the club.
    For Brighton, a new challenge awaits them, but earning scrappy draws will not be enough for them to contend for survival in the top flight. The Seagulls will need to be winning matches against mid-table teams, as well as sides fighting for relegation to any chance of survival.

    Beating your rivals

    We’ve all seen lesser sides from around the globe pull of magnificent shocks against the big teams, but have then struggled to beat those clubs around them in the table, hugely costly in the fight for survival
    For instance, Liverpool were guilty of that in 2008/09, in which they lost to Middlesborough and dropped points against Hull, Wigan and Fulham. This resulted in Liverpool finishing second in the Premier League as opposed to first. They were, to an extent, guilty of the same last season, undefeated against the top six, but losing to the likes of Hull and Swansea.
    Brighton need to able to hold up well against some strong opposition in the Premier League. No side will be easy and three points against a standard mid-table team and a draw against any of the bigger sides in the league and they will be on their way to Premier League survival.

    The key is to make sure they win against the sides in the bottom three, fighting relegation with them. That’s where survival will be won and lost, taking points away from your rivals.

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