Brighton and Hove Albion’s 3-0 Premier League (PL) win over Newcastle United (20 September) was the third consecutive league game with over 2.5 goals (W2, L1) and the biggest lead. PL was directed by Graham Potter. Overall, they are very disciplined, they have only received more than two yellow cards once in 11 championship games.
They conceded more than 3 goals in four of Brighton’s last five home league games. This streak includes the first 3-1 defeat to Chelsea (14 September) and last season’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester United. Six of the 14 goals were conceded in the first 30 minutes, and last season only one team conceded between 16 and 30 minutes more PL (home / away) goals.
Interestingly, no team has been more productive than Man United (17 goals) in the same 16′-30 ‘period last season, but they entered this game after playing a 14-match unbeaten match in PL (W9, D5). Having scored in each of their last 14 league fixtures, they are also leading PL (W4, L2) encounter bets, with the last four league games scoring over 2.5 goals.
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Meanwhile, the Red Devils are unbeaten in seven away matches in the league (W5, D2). They have won their last four games “to zero” and scored 2+ goals. It should be noted, however, that the only defeat in their last seven PL (W4, D2, L1) opening campaigns in 2018/19 took place in Brighton.
Players to watch: Neil Maupay scored twice against Newcastle before the tenth minute and Brighton has never lost a PL game in which he has scored (W6, D5).
Brighton is the only English club of the highest level where Manchester United player Bruno Fernandez has scored on more than one occasion. He opened his side’s nose in five of his seven goals last season.
Hot stats: 44 goals scored in the previous round in PL matches – a 20-team record (since 1995/96).