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    First season in the Premier League

    Who have they got left to play?

    Arsenal (h), Everton (a), Leicester (h), Huddersfield (h), Crystal Palace (a), Tottenham (h), Burnley (a), Manchester United (h), Manchester City (a), Liverpool (a)

    Top scorer: Glenn Murray (10)

    Manager this season: Chris Hughton

    What do they need to reach 37 points?

    Two wins will do it for Brighton - a fine effort in their first season at this level since 1983. They still have to face five of the top six in their run-in, though.

    Why are they in trouble?

    Facing Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in their last 10 games means that it could be a tense finale to the season if they can't pick up the points they need soon. They have an FA Cup quarter-final to fit in as well.

    Why are they staying up?

    Who would have thought that Glenn Murray would have the same number of Premier League goals as Alvaro Morata? The veteran has been a revelation, especially as his goals have come from only 37 shots - fewer than Jordon Ibe, Thomas Ince and Andros Townsend.

    Summer signing Pascal Gross has also had an excellent campaign - he has created 63 chances and has seven assists. Only Kevin de Bruyne, Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen and Cesc Fabregas have created more chances.

    To complete a trio of individual standouts, centre-back Lewis Dunk has a league-high 45 blocks. Let's not mention a league-high four own goals.

    BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce: "They're on a good run. They're the most solid-looking side down there and they have been boosted by the strikeforce they should be OK. Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa were really astute signings. There's a sting in the tail to come in the last four games but if they beat Leicester and Huddersfield at home they should have enough. The manager has done a brilliant job. No-one gave them a chance."

    SAM predicted finish: 12th with 43 points.


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