Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brighton: The Premier League Surprise Package this Season?

Brighton has been phenomenal in this Premier League so far. Out of 7 matches played, they are standing strong at the 3rd position having 14 points with only one loss. Manchester United, Everton, and Manchester City have joined them in the slot. Liverpool is in second, with Chelsea topping the table.

Ever since their promotion back in 2017-18, Brighton got to manage the 14th, 15th, and 16th (twice) position only after 7 fixtures. Hence, the amazing results this season are indeed eye-catching! Significantly, they have delivered this performance with the same team almost that of last year’s. The new editions this season were Enock Mwepu who got injured in the debut and Marc Cucurella.

Let’s take a brief look at the reasons behind such an improvement!

Supreme Game Style

Graham Potter’s combination of 3-4-2-1 and 3-5-2 gaming styles seems to be going pretty well for the club. They have successfully chained together more than 10 passes 88 times this season staying behind only Liverpool and Man City. They prefer not crossing the ball and short passes. Also, they have a strong defense and are in the third to allow the fewest passes from the opponent at 11.3. Man City (10.1), and Liverpool (9.9) are ahead of Brighton in this regard.

Great Efficiency

Brighton’s great efficiency was even seen against Arsenal. Robert Sanchez is very effective in goals too. However, he hasn’t been called upon yet. He’s had to manage just 13 saves this season, 1.9 per 90 minutes, making it the second-lowest in the Premier League.

Brighton is surely giving a good fight to the favorites. Whether Brighton keeps up with this tremendous form and continues to play like this with supreme command, is surely going to be interesting to watch. Nothing is impossible, after all!

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