18 min: A Leicester attack, and Tielemans’ flick is intercepted just as Tavares looked to seize on it. A gentle lifting of the pace from Leicester. Then Ricardo and Sanchez clatter into each other. The goalkeeper was brave. Both are OK to carry on.
16 min: Taveres gives the ball away to set up another wave of Brighton attacking. Leicester have enjoyed very little time on the ball.
14 min: Brendan is chewing and pacing. Graham Potter hardly looks much more comfortable.
12 min: Leicester have been slack. And deserved to go behind. Could the great choke be on again? That would seem a shame as they have been great to watch all season. Then again, they were that way last season until it came apart.
Goal! Brighton 1-0 Leicester (Lallana, 10)
How wrong can you be? Maupay shows real bravery in setting up Lallana who wallops in a great finish. That’s the mark of a player used to doing things on a grander stage.
9 min: Trossard is robbed before Brighton win the ball back. But the ball again drifts away into nothingness. This is a fault that lets Brighton down. They don’t seem to have the player that makes things happen.
7 min: Lallana, Fofana…a combination of words that sound like some scatting in an Iron Butterfly freakout. Anyway, they result in another Brighton corner. That’s cleared away. Brighton pushing on, Leicester sitting back.
6 min: Peter Oh: “When it comes to matches like this where I don’t have a horse in the race, I like to focus on how members of the Liverpool Alumni Club are doing. I see that Adam Lallana is in Brighton’s starting XI but I also have the option of switching over to Serie A coverage, where Lazio have three alumni starting at Juventus (Pepe Reina, Lucas Leiva, and Luis Alberto). Which match do you reckon I should spend my time on?”
Luis Alberto: Liverpool legend. Former Brendan charge too.
5 min: Schmeichel scampers when the ball bounces back off a Leicester leg. A Brighton corner results but Dunk knocks behind.
3 min: Dan Burn has to concede a corner. Tielemans takes. Brighton get it clear and Leicester are forced all the way back. Schmeichel lashes a long ball forward but to little avail.
1 min: Early touch for Veltman as an attacking full-back in the continuing absence of Tariq Lamptey. Brighton begin on the front foot.
And away we go at the Amex, with Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter exchanging fist bumps. Potter sheerly towers over Brendan in person if not in the Premier League table.
Brendan Rodgers speaks to Sky Sports.
[Fofana]’s a big talent for such a young player, and Wilf does a good job for us at the back but it’s good to have him back. [Taveres] He’s an attacking base player. He wants to run forward, receive the ball. We have a lot of attacking base players out and I’ve been impressed with him since the first few days when I saw him in training. I’m looking forward to putting him in.
Graham Potter speaks to Sky Sports.
Probably both I would say, we were disappointed with the results and the manner of the results. Ultimately we are in this game to get results. We are not the only team to have those challenges. The key for us is to make better chances. You need a little bit of luck. Lets hope we get some tonight. [On Lallana] He’s done really well when he’s come in. He’s had a bit of time off. He’s an important player. We have to play well and have a good balance.
Alexis Mac Allister spoke to Jacob Steinberg earlier this week.
Leicester make two changes. Papy Mendy and Hamza Choudhury are replaced by Wesley Fofana. Sidnei Tavares gets his first Premier League start. It only takes 90 minutes. For Brighton, Adam Lallana replaces Aaron Connolly.
Brighton: Sanchez, Veltman, White, Dunk, Burn, Bissouma, Gross, Trossard, Mac Allister, Lallana, Maupay
Subs: Steele, Moder, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate, Welbeck, Izquierdo, Tau, Propper, Zeqiri
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Fofana, Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, Ndidi, Tavares, Tielemans, Castagne, Iheanacho, Vardy
Subs: Ward, Albrighton, Choudhury, Mendy, Fuchs, Thomas, Leshabela, Daley-Campbell, Flynn
With Leicester rocking on their heels and hamstrung by injuries, this looks a decent chance for Brighton to open up a six-point gap on Fulham, and also distance themselves from crisis club Newcastle. Now, can they find a goal to get the job done? They never managed more than one in their February, which started with a 1-0 win over Liverpool but no further victories. Last week against West Brom will be recalled for refereeing controversy but the truth is that Graham Potter’s team haven’t scored enough to pull themselves from safety. At that point, all talk of being too good to go down is rendered irrelevant. Leicester, shorn of Jonny Evans and badly missing Harvey Barnes’ zest from the left to add to an already grim injury list, are limping home, just as Brighton are clinging on to safety. They are in third place but have Chelsea lurking behind them with intent. This current predicament is a severe test for Brendan Rodgers, particularly after last season’s slide out of the top four.
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