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MATCH PREVIEW ~ Fulham visit Brighton and Hove Albion ~ Prem MD 10 ~ 23/24

last updated Friday 27th October 2023, 7:50 PM

Match Preview

Brighton and Hove Albion v Fulham

Premier League Match Day 10 23/24 at Amex Stadium

Sunday 29th October 2023    KO: 14:00

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi
Brighton Coach
Roberto De Zerbi
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Fulham make the journey to the Amex Stadium to meet Brighton & Hove Albion fresh from breaking new ground with a maiden European victory.

Last time out Marco Silva's men lost to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur while the Seagulls saw off crisis club Ajax 2-0 on Thursday for their first-ever Europa League win.

Facing the toughest possible assignment that could have awaited them after the international break, Fulham were powerless to prevent Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou from making Premier League history on Monday, where the Lilywhites made light work of their capital counterparts.

Celebrating his September Player of the Month prize in ideal fashion, Son Heung-min's crisp strike sent Spurs ahead in the opening 45, where Calvin Bassey did not cover himself in glory, and the former Ajax man was again caught cold for James Maddison's insurance goal in the second period.

From Bassey's hat-trick of errors, two of them were punished at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Marco Silva's charges went scoreless for the third time in four Premier League matches and failed to improve on their 13th-placed ranking as a result.

Inconsistency has certainly been the name of the game for Fulham, who are yet to register successive wins, draws or defeats in the ongoing Premier League season, but they have gone four top-flight away games without a maximum since a fortunate 1-0 beating of Everton in gameweek one.

The Cottagers were coincidentally on the correct end of such a result in February's Amex battle, where Brighton failed to make the most of their dominance and succumbed to a Manor Solomon winner, and Fulham remain unbeaten against the Seagulls in the Premier League since their hosts' promotion in 2017, but this has already been a week of firsts for the men in blue and white.

Hosting a team that were on the cusp of Champions League stardom as recently as the 2018-19 season, Brighton continued their theme of going one better in the Europa League, where they had been denied inaugural successes by AEK Athens and Marseille on the first two matchdays.

However, with the perennial Dutch champions enduring an alarming slump and lacking a new manager bounce following the sacking of Maurice Steijn, Brighton prolonged Ajax's misfortune with a deserved 2-0 triumph on the South Coast, where Joao Pedro and Ansu Fati wrote their names into Seagulls history.

Seeing off the Amsterdam powerhouses was the perfect tonic to a distressing five-game winless run for Roberto De Zerbi's troops, who gave a good account of themselves away to Manchester City last weekend and were a man up in the dying embers owing to Manuel Akanji's red card, but the champions still prevailed 2-1.

Facing all of Chelsea, Ajax, Man City, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Marseille represented a particularly gruelling set of fixtures for Brighton, whose three-game winless run in the top flight has bumped them down to seventh in the division, four points adrift of the Champions League places.

Despite their dissatisfactory set of results over the past few weeks, Brighton's golden touch remains well and truly alive at the Amex Stadium, where they have scored at least twice in each of their last five games and have not drawn a blank in the Premier League since February, although few Seagulls fans will need reminding who inflicted that 1-0 loss onto them.

Head to Head

  • Brighton have never beaten Fulham in the Premier League, drawing three and losing three of the six meetings.

  • The Cottagers are vying to register three consecutive league victories over the Seagulls for the first time in 37 years.

  • Fulham did the Premier League double over Brighton last season, last winning three consecutive league games against the Seagulls between 1985 and 1986 in the second tier.
  • Fulham manager Marco Silva has won three Premier League games against Brighton, beating a different manager each time (Chris Hughton, Graham Potter, Roberto De Zerbi). Having won his last two against the Seagulls, he is looking to win three in a row against an opponent for just a second time, also doing so against Southampton (2019-2023).

  • Fulham winger Willian has been involved in four goals in five Premier League starts against Brighton (2 goals, 2 assists), with three of those involvements coming in games at the Amex Stadium (1 goal, 2 assists).

  • Fulham are without a win in their past four top-flight away matches, drawing two and losing two. Their record of three wins, two draws and four losses from their opening nine league games is identical to their start last season.

  • The Cottagers have lost 17 of their previous 24 Premier League fixtures played on a Sunday (W3, D4), including the last five in a row.

  • Raul Jimenez has failed to score in each of his last 31 Premier League appearances despite attempting 44 shots during those matches.
Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Brighton have both scored and conceded in all nine of their Premier League matches this season. The last top-flight side to do so in all of their first 10 games of a season was Tottenham Hotspur in 1988-89.

  • Roberto de Zerbi's side are winless in three Premier League games, drawing one and losing two.

  • The Seagulls have triumphed in just one of their previous 15 league matches in October, drawing eight and losing six.

  • Brighton have found the net in 25 consecutive top-flight fixtures since a 1-0 home defeat by Fulham in February.

  • Pascal Gross is set to make his 200th Premier League appearance for Brighton, becoming just the second player to reach that milestone after club captain Lewis Dunk.


Source Ben Knapton at SportsMole/BBCSports
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