Our live stream ahead of Wednesdays Premier League match, Brighton vs Fulham is now up, kicking off at 19.30 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Graham Potter’s men ensured that their winless run did not reach double figures as they battled their way to a 1-0 triumph over Leeds last time out, with Neal Maupay tapping home from Alexis Mac Allister’s pass as Brighton won for just the third time in the league this season.
The Seagulls have now opened up a five-point gap between themselves and the dotted line with that crucial triumph, although their midweek opponents Fulham do have a game in hand and will be determined to close the gap on Wednesday evening.
Scott Parker has insisted that Fulham are no longer the Premier League’s “laughing stock”, but there was no joy to be had for the Cottagers against Man United last week.
Another stunning strike from Paul Pogba sealed the win for the league leaders, who had initially fallen behind through Ademola Lookman’s goal before Edinson Cavani levelled proceedings, and that defeat to Man United extended Fulham’s winless league run to eight matches.
Fulham have recorded just one defeat from their last four top-flight matches on the road and held Tottenham to a draw earlier this month, so the fighting spirit is there, but they did not show it in their dismal 3-0 FA cup defeat to Burnley at the weekend.
The two clubs last met last month, battling out a 0-0 draw after Adam Lallana was denied a winner through VAR…
Turning performances into points…
“I feel the results have been coming, that’s what’s given us that belief. we need to keep trying to improve, we can’t wait for luck.
“When you haven’t got the wins, you need to do that. Every team in this league has someone who can hurt you, so every game is important.”
On Lampard sacking…
“It’s sad to see a colleague lose their job. It’s part of football, and it’s not for us to say what clubs should or shouldn’t do.
“If results aren’t to their liking, then they usually act. Frank is a top player who went into coaching and I am sure we will see him back in football pretty soon.
“We’re expecting a really difficult game. Credit to Scott who has changed their style of play having achieved promotion from the Championship.
“They’ve looked at their strengths and have improved and made the transition to the Premier League well. They have got a really organised unit and they’re a team I like a lot.
“Sometimes playing well just isn’t enough, balance is key and the attitude the players have shown all season needs to continue. We won’t get anything without that.”
On league table…
“The league table is information and it’s clear. We need to take what we’ve learnt from the first half of the season and get that bit of luck and get points on the board. You can play well, but sometimes you don’t win, that’s the veracity of the opponent and the league.”
Brighton and West Brom – could the next few days be pivotal?
“I think they’re big, I don’t think they’re the be all and end all. We’re half way through a season here. Of course they’re big because of where both teams are in the division and where our competition will probably be this year.
“I don’t think they’re the be all and end all, I still think there are a lot of games. I still think as a team we’ve developed and I feel I have a team here that go and win two or three games back to back.
“You may think it’s mad to think because we’ve had two wins all year and we’ve had a few draws but that’s the way I feel.”
“When you have that feeling and you are around where we are in the table that’s massive.
“We all understand, big games coming up for us. We’ve come out of a run of fixtures in the last nine games where we’ve played seven of the toughest teams in the division and done pretty well.
“We need to take the next step with teams around us and get some results.”
You’re just seeing Brighton as another game, another potential three points?
“Yeah, that it. I understand it’s a big game. The reason it’s a big game is because of where both teams are in the division.
“It was a big game two weeks ago, and it was a big game against Sheffield United two or three months ago. Of course the nearer you get to the end of the season, the games become more intense and more relevant.
“There are 20 games left this season, we’re halfway through so do I see this game as the be all and end all, if we don’t get a result? No I don’t.
“I also understand it’s a big game. Every game is big for us, we’ve shown that over the last few months. We can compete in this division. We need to turn some of these draws and losses into wins.
“Hopefully we can do that against Brighton, West Brom, Leicester at home.”
Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League form: DDLDLW
Brighton & Hove Albion form (all competitions): LDWLWW
Fulham Premier League form: DDDDLL
Fulham form (all competitions): DWDLLL
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Webster, Dunk, Burn; Veltman, White, Bissouma, March; Mac Allister, Trossard; Maupay
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Areola; Aina, Adarabioyo, Andersen; Tete, Reed, Anguissa, Bryan; Cavaleiro, Loftus-Cheek; Lookman
Under 2.5 Goals – 8/11 with FanTeam
Seven of Fulham’s last eight league games have seen less than three goals scored. In the middle of that run was a string of five draws including a 0-0 stalemate with Brighton.
The Seagulls have seen under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven league games and both sides will be desperate not to lose. A draw isn’t ideal but suits both parties reasonably well and another tight low-scoring contest is likely.
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