Lewis Jones explains why Brighton are being completely overlooked by the betting markets ahead of the Premier League season; Roberto De Zerbis side are great value at 15/2 for a top-four finish; Brighton begin their season on Saturday vs Luton
Just to try and justify my take and prove I’m not totally mad, the Sky Bet tipster is backing us for top 4!
I really think it's nuts to imagine we can make it into the top 4 when we have European football to contend with as well. Go deep into the Europa League and it would be a triumph to finish in the top half.
Hope I'm completely wrong and might even have a punt on it. I did last year just before Xmas.
I really have no idea. Our first 5 games will reveal a lot. First three are eminently winnable followed by 2 tough ones (Newcastle and ManU). And no definite idea about Moises and Kudus. Too many unknowns. But I struggle to see how we can muscle past any of ManU, City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle to finish higher than last year, not to mention Chelsea, Tottenham, etc who can’t be as terrible as last year. And Villa of course, looking v strong. So despite what my heart says, the head has us somewhere between 7 and 11.
We were well in that fight for top 4 until very late in the season, then fell away as fixture congestion and some injuries caught up with us. Even with 4 matches to play we were still mathematically in with a chance. Losing to Newcastle killed it off.
We've lost Alexis, but we've gained quality as well and IMO the squad depth we have today would have seen us through last season. If we can keep hold of Caicedo, I think top 4 is in reach again - even with a Europa run.