English Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion Season Preview 2017/18
Newly promoted players often struggle to find themselves any owners, based mainly on the “unknown factor,” most of us don’t pay any attention to the Championship, so unless we’re looking at players who have already had a stint in the Premier League, we don’t know what we are going to get.Brighton kept the cleanest sheets in the Championship, conceding just 40 goals as they clinched promotion.Houghton has managed in the Premiership before and so should now know how to set his teams up to give themselves the best chance of survival.
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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Niki Maenpaa, Ryan Mathew, Casper Ankergren.

Departure David Stockdale who appeared for the most no. of times for the seagulls has kept a void, but Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Ryan Mathew from Valencia for £5m.He will start for the Seagulls this season.

Defenders: Bruno, Gaetan Bong, Uwe Hunemeier, Lewis Dunk, Inigo Calderon, Connor Goldson, Shane Duffy, LiamRosenior, Fikayo Tomori, Joshua Kerr, Marcus Suttner

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Bruno was a rock at the back for the Albion.He was the main reason the seagulls conceded just 40 goals in the Championship.His partnership with Duffy and Dunk would be crucial this season too.It will be interesting to see how new signing Suttner helps the team at the defense.

Midfielders: Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Anthony Knockaert, Pascal Gross, Steve Sidwell, Solly March, Richie Towell, Kazenga LuaLua.

French Anthony Knockaert was the master at this position.He scored 13 goals for them.He was actually the engine of the team.If keeps his form going this season too then it would be good for the seagulls.The new-comer Pascal gross may partnership with Dale Stephens.But Brighton Hove Albion should strengthen their midfield.

Forwards: Jiri Skalak, Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed, Jamie Murphy, Glenn Murray, Isaiah Brown, James Wilson, Chuba Akpom, Jordan Maguire-Dew.

 The forward line looks pretty decent good.With Glenn Murray in the front line and the kind of impact he had last season, all the fans will be looking forward to him with a similar performance.The Chelsea loanee Brown could partner him at the front.Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed could chip in with crucial goals.

Manager Profile: Chris Hughton

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The former left-back spent most of his professional playing career at Tottenham Hotspur between 1979 and 1990 – winning the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup.Hughton started his coaching career in London with former club Spurs – a spell that lasted 14 years from June 1993 to October 2007.Hughton’s spell with the north London club included two caretaker manager roles and he served under 10 different managers at White Hart Lane.Newcastle United announced the appointment of Hughton as first team coach under Kevin Keegan before becoming a caretaker manager in September following the former England manager’s departure.He builds terrific Championship teams but it is a moot point if his methods are as effective at the higher level, where 4-4-2 is less of a fail-safe formula. But Brighton should come up with organization, unity, defensive solidity and an air of optimism among capacity crowds.

Player To Watch Out

Anthony Knockaert

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Quite simply the best player in the Championship last season, a mesmerizing dribbler with a capacity to score superb solo goals. The Frenchman registered 13 goals and eight assists last season in a manner reminiscent of his former Leicester City teammate Riyad Mahrez.He also created 85 chances last season. 

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