The shock package deal for the Premier League season to this point, Brighton, will host Arsenal on Saturday evening.
After shedding their first three video games, the Gunners’ newest resurgence continued most not too long ago once they beat London rivals Tottenham – their fourth win in a row in all competitions.
However, a visit to the ocean will give a tricky take a look at of how steady this mini-revival actually is. Here is every part you might want to know earlier than what seems like an interesting fixture.
When is it kick off? Saturday 2 October, 17:30 (BST)Where is the match performed? AMEX StadiumTV channel / livestream? Sky Sports (UK), NBC / fuboTV (USA), DAZN (Canada)Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube Channel (UK) Match of the Day (BBC – UK)Judge? Jonathan MossWHERE? Chris Kavanagh
Bissouma joined Arsenal this summer season / Robin Jones / Getty Images
Graham Potter watched in frustration as each Steven Alzate and Danny Welbeck had been compelled out by way of harm throughout Brighton’s closing outing in opposition to powerful rivals Crystal Palace.
The couple joins Adam Webster on the therapy desk and not one of the trio will doubtless seem on Saturday. In higher information, Yves Bissouma ought to return whereas different midfield dynamo Enock Mwepu competes to begin as nicely.
Xhaka shall be watching from the sidelines / Marc Atkins / Getty Images
The full extent of Granit Xhaka’s knee harm was not too long ago confirmed with the midfielder who was not anticipated again this week till after Christmas.
This is the one absence that Mikel Arteta has to cope with earlier than the match and with out European commitments this season, no rotation shall be wanted.
Brighton: Sanchez; Burn, Webster, Duffy; Veltmann, Lallana, Bissouma, Cucurella; Trossard, Maupay, Mac Allister
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Holding, Tierney; Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Partey; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka
Brighton’s document in opposition to Arsenal since becoming a member of the Premier League in 2017 is best than you would possibly suppose.
The Seagulls have received three of their eight earlier summits with Saturday’s opponents. Arsenal have additionally received three – together with every of the final two matches between the pair.
The final time Nicolas Pepe was the hero, took a stride to provide the Gunners a 2-0 victory in entrance of 4,000 followers on the Emirates Stadium.
Brighton was a beautiful present in opposition to Palace final time, Brighton has seemed extraordinarily spectacular this season, defended nicely and at last discovered their capturing boots.
However, Arsenal have been a lot better in latest weeks, and with a totally rested squad, they may have the prospect to get a fifth straight victory on the south coast.
Expect an actual tactical battle that can ultimately finish with the prey being shared.
Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Arsenal