Premier League: How far can in-form Brighton & Hove Albion go?

Brighton's striker Danny Welbeck (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Brighton's striker Danny Welbeck (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images) /

Brighton & Hove Albion have started the Premier League season in great form, form so good, they find themselves in fourth place after five matchdays –  but is the form something that will be short-lived – or can this team be a surprise package this year?

Brighton played Everton in their first game of the season, falling short in a 2-0 defeat, but since then, the Seagulls have gone unbeaten and picking up a maximum amount of points with 12 points. Their most impressive win coming against the current FA Cup holders, Leicester City, beating them 2-1.

Graham Potters men have found a way of becoming a very difficult side to beat, playing with a rather tall backline. The team is built to move the ball out through its midfield, but not be susceptible to set pieces.

Having a large backline allows midfielders to move the ball without freedom, not worrying if they lose the ball or give a set-piece away, as their backline has the physicality to deal with it.

Brighton has some good experience in the squad

Brighton’s use of wide players that take the ball and attack full backs, along with the dynamism of playmaker, Leandro Trossard, have made the Seagulls a threat this year. Brighton’s other factor is the level of experience they have, with players like Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana stepping up this year.

Up top Neal Maupay, has found a way to convert the chances they create, as Brighton have the sixth-highest xG in Premier League.

For the south coast side to keep up their form, it will require them to avoid those injuries; last season Welbeck and Maupay spent a good time on the sidelines and the team slipped into a relegation battle.

Brighton also can’t afford to lose their wide players and fullbacks; last season they were hit hard in these positions – with crossing and wide play a big part of their game – they can’t afford that.

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To really judge Potter’s men, we will have to wait until October as the team approaches a difficult stretch, playing Manchester City and Liverpool back to back. Nonetheless, there could be something good brewing down south, so watch this space.