At the start of the season, there weren’t many Sussex residents who were optimistic about Brighton and Hove’s success in the Premier League after close to 2 decades of flirting in the lower divisions. The few who were optimistic in public weren’t optimistic behind closed doors, such was the pessimism about the team’s success. However, with a few games left to play, it’s almost safe to say that this season has been a success as the team is likely to avoid relegation. Sussex residents who want to have their say on Brighton’s final league position can do so by placing a bet at casino.netbet.co.uk.
So far so good
With four games left to play, Brighton finds itself in a comfortable 13th position. By no means guaranteed, Brighton can take comfort in that it is 7 points of the 18th position. In itself, that means the team in 18th position has to at least win 3 matches on the bounce with Brighton losing all of its next three matches in a row. Though a possibility, it’s hard to see that come to fruition considering that Southampton (the team in 18th position) is struggling to score goals.
Brighton gained the advantage in the first half of the season, that’s when it reached the precious 25 point mark before the turn of the year. Getting the points on the board early on proved to be a blessing as the last of Brighton’s matches are against tough opposition.
Matthew Ryan in goal has been a revelation, he has come up with some crucial saves including when facing penalties. Though found wanting when it comes to commanding his area at set pieces, Ryan has no doubt saved the team a few points. In central defence has been the pair of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, these two have been magnificent, adjusting to the pace and physicality of the Premier League quite easily. Summer signing Pascal Gross has been magnificent with his assists and also crucial goals. Glenn Murray’s goals and the pace and trickery of Jose Izquierdo and Anthony Knockaert on the flanks has propelled the team to where it is today.
One man, however, cannot be forgotten and that’s the manager, Chris Houghton. A calm figure on the touchline, Houghton’s past premier league experience plus his tactical know-how has come in handy during Brighton’s first season in the Premier League.
A huge thanks also go to the board, on many occasions, the board of a newly promoted team looks to replace its manager whenever trouble looms. That was not the case with the board, however, sticking with Houghton and never threatening his position even when the team were on a bad run. Kudos to the board for sticking with Houghton, a man who has repaid the faith shown in him.
A tough run-in
While safety looks likely, Brighton does have some tough matches on the horizon to close off their debut season in the top flight. The team will take on the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and a high flying Burnley. Having recently beaten Arsenal and drawn with Spurs, the team will surely have the confidence to beat the other big boys.
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