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Match Preview: Brentford vs Brighton and Hove Albion

All the build-up ahead of tomorrow's return to Premier League action

10 September 2021

Premier League football is back this weekend and, even better, we are back on home soil for the first time in the top flight since that incredible night against Arsenal four weeks ago. Graham Potter's Brighton and Hove Albion are the visitors to TW8, themselves looking to build on an impressive opening to the campaign. All the build-up to tomorrow's game is below as we look forward to our first Saturday 3pm game in the Premier League.

THE OPPOSITION

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Brighton and Hove Albion are embarking on a club-record fifth consecutive season in the top flight with plenty of optimism around the AMEX.

Although they've finished 15th, 17th, 15th, and 16th in their four previous Premier League seasons, Graham Potter's side played far better than their results suggested last term. On expected goals, Albion finished fifth, with 20 points more than they actually earned, and with the third meanest defence in the division.

Couple that with six points from their opening three games this term, thanks to wins over Burnley and Watford, there's a real feeling that The Seagulls are set for a positive season ahead. 

There wasn't a huge amount of business done in the summer. Enock Mwepu [Red Bull Salzburg], Kjell Scherpen [Ajax], and Marc Cucurella [Getafe] were the main additions while, aside from Ben White moving to Arsenal, it was mainly squad players like Davy Pröpper [PSV Eindhoven], Matt Ryan [Real Sociedad], and Alireza Jahanbakhsh [Feyenoord] who departed. 

Perhaps Albion's best bit of business though was keeping hold of midfield linchpin Yves Bissouma (pictured above). 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press Sussex Live's Richie Mills, expects: "It’ll be a three at the back with wing-backs; Sanchez in goal, Webster, Duffy and Dunk in the back three, Veltman at right wing-back, March on the left if he’s fit, otherwise it could be a debut for Cucurella.

Bissouma will be in a holding role and in the midfield, Potter has done a bit of tinkering, so it could be any of Lallana, Mac Allister, Moder and Gross. I reckon Trossard could be in as a winger/No 10 and then Maupay (pictured above) up front"

TEAM NEWS

Mads Bech (knee) and Josh Dasilva (hip) are out but everyone else is fit and available for selection.

For The Seagulls Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) remains sidelined as does Dan Burn (knee) and Kjell Scherpen (ankle). Graham Potter revealed yesterday that deadline day signing Marc Cucurella will be involved in the squad tomorrow as could Solly March and Aaron Connolly following their recent injury issues.  

THE MANAGER

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Graham Potter's path to the Premier League is not one which many managers have followed.

Solihull-born Potter spent a decade in the lower leagues of English football, starting off at home-town Birmingham City before spells with Stoke City, Southampton, where he made eight Premier League appearances, West Bromwich Albion, York City, Boston United, and Macclesfield Town.

After making nearly 400 professional appearances, he retired in 2005 and, shortly after, graduated from the Open University with a degree in Social Sciences. Potter then spent five years working in University football, latterly combining his time as assistant coach at Leeds Metropolitan University with a masters in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. 

In December 2010, he took charge of Östersund, then a fourth-division side in Sweden. He earned back-to-back league titles during his first two-years in charge before taking Östersund to the top flight in 2015. In April 2017, he guided OFK to the Swedish Cup and, later that year, made history with his side becoming the first Swedish club to progress beyond the Europa League group stage. Potter joined Swansea in June 2018 after nearly eight years in Sweden. 

He guided Swansea to tenth during his one season in charge before replacing Chris Hughton on the south coast in the summer of 2019.  

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Graham Potter told brightonandhovealbion.com: “I've always found [Brentford] very tough to play and they have made a good start. They have changed a little bit in terms of their formation and how they play, but they still have a lot of the same qualities, like great organisation.

"They have done a fantastic job and are really hard to play and score against, so we know it will be a difficult game."

MEMORABLE MEETING

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Darren Cann and Mark Scholes

Fourth Official: Dean Whitestone

Video Assistant Referee: Lee Mason

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Adrian Holmes

Brighton and Hove Albion 21/22

25 fouls - 14th in Premier League

6 yellow cards - 7th in Premier League

0 red cards - Joint-Fewest in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

My Bees Members can still buy tickets for tomorrow's game via the Ticket Exchange

Premier League Covid Certification: 
If you’re attending the game tomorrow, we’d like to remind you to arrive early to make your journey and admission to the ground as comfortable as possible. In case you missed it, we will be conducting a Covid-19 status survey of up to 10 per cent of adult fans tomorrow. Find out more about Premier League Covid Certification here. 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Our Brighton clash is not being shown live in the UK so the only way for domestic fans to follow all the action live is to listen on iFollow.

Joining Mark Burridge will be Brentford Women's Head Coach Karleigh Osborne and promotion-winning midfielder Jonathan Douglas. 

For fans around the world, the game is being shown live through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 1

Bees lose to late goal

11 September 2021

Brentford were beaten for the first time in the 2021/22 Premier League season, losing to a last-minute goal from Brighton and Hove Albion. The Bees probably had the better of the game against the South Coast side but conceded the only goal in the 90th minute. Leandro Trossard curled home from the edge of the penalty area to give Brighton a 1-0 win.

It was a game that looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw for long periods, and that was probably what it deserved. David Raya, in the Brentford goal, was mostly untroubled, while The Bees had more shots without coming very close to breaking through. And they were then hit by the late goal.

It was a high-energy start to the game from both sides. The pace in midfield was high and both teams wanted to stop the other taking control of the centre of the pitch. The visitors were a little more patient in possession while Brentford were happy to play longer when they needed to, utilising the power of Ivan Toney to give them the opportunity to play in Brighton territory.

Brighton looked to get the ball in to Trossard, playing just behind their strikers, and have their wing backs attacking in support. Brentford mainly looked to their left, aiming to get Rico Henry in to attacking areas with Vitaly Janelt and Shandon Baptiste in support from midfield. The only save in the first half hour was made by Raya, low to his left when Trossard found Danny Welbeck in the inside left channel. Welbeck was clear of the last defender and may have expected to provide Raya with a sterner test than he did.

Most of the efforts on goal in the early stages went the way of Brentford, but they failed to trouble Robert Sánchez in the Brighton goal. Toney came within a whisker of a goal of the season contender inside the first ten minutes when Ethan Pinnock strode out of defence and found Bryan Mbeumo, who laid the ball off. Toney let fly first time with a shot that whistled over Sánchez and only just over the bar.

Toney looped a header on to the roof of the net from a clever free kick soon after before his work set up a pair of chances for Mbeumo. Toney got on to a Raya ball down the left and eased away from Adam Webster, the ball was cut back towards the near post and Mbeumo let fly with a shot that fizzed wide. The chance moments later was probably better. Baptiste won the ball in midfield and Janelt fed it infield, a dummy from Toney gave Mbeumo time and space 18 yards out, but his shot failed to trouble Sánchez.

The game went in to a minor lull around the half hour, with regular stoppages. Brighton defender Webster was unable to continue and that forced the visitors in to a reshuffle with wing back Joël Veltman shifting in to the back three. As the end of an elongated half approached, Brentford had the initiative and could have taken the lead before the interval.

Mbeumo once again worried the home defence after he got on to a pass from Toney. He eased his way away from Veltman and bent a shot from 18 yards around Sánchez but wide of the far post. Seconds later another pass from Toney released Janelt inside the area, he let fly with a fierce shot that Sánchez palmed away to keep the game level at the break.

The interval gave Brighton a chance to change their shape again, moving Veltman in to a regular right back position. They also reinforced the central area while sacrificing some width to move to a diamond midfield. The tempo of the game was lower in the second period, and it was a midfield battle with both sides looking for supremacy.

There were fewer openings in the early stages of the second half. Henry lashed in a shot that Sánchez saved above his head and Neal Maupay shot well wide at the near post at the other end. Baptiste curled a shot well over from the left side before a tackle from Shane Duffy prevented Mbeumo going through when it looked like he would only have Sánchez to beat.

An Alexis Mac Allister shot deflected wide but as the minutes ticked down, it looked like it would end 0-0. Brighton had the upper hand, but Brentford held firm, until the very end. Mac Allister burst from midfield and the ball fell to Trossard, he created half a yard and curled a shot low past Raya to his left and in to the net. There was no time for Brentford to respond and Brighton had the points.

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Roerslev 61 mins), Nørgaard, Baptiste (sub Onyeka 75 mins), Janelt (sub Jensen 68 mins), Henry; Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Fernández, Zanka, Thompson, Ghoddos, Wissa, Forss

Bookings: Canós (6 mins), Mbeumo (17 mins), Ajer (74 mins)

Brighton and Hove Albion: Sánchez; Webster (sub Moder 37 mins), Duffy, Dunk; Veltman, Lallana, Bissouma, Cucurella (sub March 82 mins); Trossard; Maupay, Welbeck (sub Mac Allister 64 mins)

Subs (not used): Scherpen, Steele, Alzate, Locadia, Roberts, Richards

Bookings: Veltman (55 mins), Duffy (58 mins)

Attendance: 16,518 (1,725 away fans)

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Ticket News

Ticket Exchange / Transfer and Covid Certification update

It’s not too late to book your place on Saturday. Attendees should arrive early tomorrow. 

10 September 2021

It’s matchday tomorrow and we welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Brentford Community Stadium. While some tickets are still available on the Ticket Exchange, The Bees will be able to count on your support tomorrow as the stadium will be full again. 

Premier League Covid Certification: 
If you’re attending the game tomorrow, we’d like to remind you to arrive early to make your journey and admission to the ground as comfortable as possible. In case you missed it, we will be conducting a Covid-19 status survey of up to 10 per cent of adult fans tomorrow. Find out more about Premier League Covid Certification here. 

Ticket Transfer  
Our Ticket Transfer system is still undergoing testing and if Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders wish to transfer a ticket for tomorrow’s game we urge them to pass on their physical Brentford Card or to contact us on tickets@brentfordfc.com (for Season Tickets) and premiumseating@brentfordfc.com (for Premium Seats). 

Ticket Exchange: 
Finally, My Bees Members are still able to purchase tickets at the adult rate on our Ticket Exchange so it’s not too late to join us tomorrow.  

Log in to the Ticket Exchange now

Please note: only My Bees Members can login to our Ticket Exchange website using the same log in details as their ticketing account. Ticket Exchange is now closed for Season Ticket Holder’s listing.  

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