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Premier League | Gameweek 31
Apr 3, 2024 at 7.30pm UK
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Preview: Brentford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Premier League clash between Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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The Bees host the Seagulls in Wednesday's Premier League avian battle, as Brentford welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Gtech Community Stadium.

Thomas Frank's men salvaged a point off of Manchester United in a chaotic injury-time period on Saturday, before Roberto De Zerbi's side fell to a 2-1 loss to new leaders Liverpool.


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Despite having a ludicrous 85 touches in the Manchester United penalty area during Saturday's match - the third-most on record in a Premier League fixture - Brentford were their own worst enemies in front of goal and fell behind deep into second-half injury time through Mason Mount's first goal for the Red Devils.

However, just when it appeared that Frank's men would pay for all of their squandered opportunities, the hosts got back on level terms almost immediately through Kristoffer Ajer to steal a deserved point, although the home faithful were left wondering how their side failed to accrue all three against a pitiful Man United outfit.

Nevertheless, a point against the 20-time English champions is nothing to scoff at, and thanks to results elsewhere going Brentford's way, the Bees hold a five-point advantage over the relegation zone in 15th place - still far from a comfortable cushion, though.

By only managing to convert one of their 31 shots on Saturday night, the hosts' dismal winless run in the Premier League now stands at seven matches, although there are green shoots of recovery rearing; the Bees have also stolen a point off Chelsea while coming agonisingly close to sharing the spoils with Arsenal too.

Ajer's last-gasp response also saw Brentford find the back of the net for the fifth Premier League game running and their ninth in a row in all tournaments at home, although amid their devastating defensive injuries, the Bees have now conceded in 11 straight matches at the Gtech Community Stadium.

In spite of their respective problems throughout 2023-24, both Frank and his opposite number De Zerbi have been tipped to climb up the managerial ladder this summer, and the latter tested his mettle against one of his supposed admirers in Liverpool during Sunday's early kickoff.

Ex-Arsenal man Danny Welbeck gave both Brighton and his old club the best kind of Easter gift with an early goal in front of the Kop, but like many before them, the Seagulls became the next victims of a Liverpool Anfield turnaround, as Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah rendered the Englishman's opener inconsequential.

Owing to Newcastle United's phenomenal beating of West Ham United the previous day, De Zerbi's men have fallen further adrift of the Europe-chasing pack - now residing in ninth spot - although they are only two points below the Hammers with a game in hand and boast a significantly superior goal difference.

However, on the back of two morale-boosting home successes over Nottingham Forest and Roma prior to the international break, Brighton lost their fourth away game on the bounce on Liverpool's turf, and six of the Seagulls' last seven on the road in all tournaments have now ended in defeat.

De Zerbi's men lack a winning formula in London too - they have accrued just two points from six trips to the capital this term - and lost 2-0 at the Gtech Community Stadium last season, although December's Amex affair ended in a 2-1 triumph for the Seagulls thanks to a winning goal from local lad Jack Hinshelwood.

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Team News

Brentford's on-loan Tottenham Hotspur left-back Sergio Reguilon watched on helplessly on Saturday evening due to suspension, but the Spaniard has now served his ban and ought to be a straight swap for Keane Lewis-Potter out wide.

Christian Norgaard (back) and Ethan Pinnock (ankle) were pushing to be available for the visit of the Seagulls but will not make the cut, while Kevin Schade (groin), Aaron Hickey (thigh), Rico Henry (knee), Ben Mee (ankle) and Josh Dasilva (knee) are still recuperating from their severe problems.

Few changes should be on the cards after a thoroughly dominant display against Man United, but the fit-again Bryan Mbeumo - who sustained his severe ankle injury against Brighton at the Amex in December - is an alternative option in the final third, as is former Seagull Neal Maupay.

Brighton boss De Zerbi is also working around the absences of a handful of long-term victims, including Kaoru Mitoma (back), Solly March (knee), James Milner (thigh) and December's match-winner Hinshelwood (foot), who welcomed two new faces into the medical bay at the weekend.

Billy Gilmour sustained a knee injury while representing Scotland on international duty and is expected to be out for at least a month, while Julio Enciso also sat out the loss to Liverpool with a muscular problem.

However, Enciso - who was expected to spend a couple of weeks in the medical bay - has made a rapid recovery and is available, while Joao Pedro has earned some valuable minutes with the Under-21s and might come back into contention too.


Brentford possible starting lineup:
Flekken; Zanka, Collins, Ajer; Roerslev, Janelt, Jensen, Reguilon; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa

Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Verbruggen; Veltman, Dunk, Van Hecke, Estupinan; Baleba, Gross; Adingra, Lallana, Fati; Welbeck


We say: Brentford 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Both Brentford and Brighton did themselves proud against two titans of the English game over the Easter weekend, although Welbeck's opener is the only away goal that the Seagulls have managed in their last four road contests.

However, faced with a Bees side - albeit an improving one - that cannot bolt the back door shut at their Gtech base, a solitary strike may be enough for De Zerbi's troops to depart with a point as the hosts' winless run continues.


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