After stunning Arsenal in their first game back, Graham Potter’s Brighton now travel to face third-placed Leicester City in the Premier League.
The King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
Key Stat: Brighton's win against Arsenal was only the third victory in the Seagulls' last 16 matches in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: Both teams experienced late drama in their opening games, with Leicester drawing late at Watford and Brighton coming from behind to beat Arsenal. Leicester remain favourites for this one, however, and Brendan Rodgers' side know it is imperative they recapture some momentum in the race for Champions League football next season.
Dennis Praet could be back in contention while, after being fit enough to make the bench last time out, Ryan Bennett and Ayoze Perez could come into contention too. Demarai Gray is another who may start, as Leicester look to keep things fresh.
Jamie Vardy – Scored 19 times in 26 appearances and his next Premier League goal will be the former England man’s 100th in the top flight.
Ayoze Perez – Scored when these teams last met and, fit again, he will be looking to make his mark be it from the start or as a sub.
James Maddison – Absolute central to Leicester’s creativity in midfield, feeding Vardy and the two wingers as well as chipping in with some spectacular goals.
After two wins in March before the season was halted, Leicester restarted their campaign with a draw away to Watford. Ben Chilwell struck late on for the Foxes, but Craig Dawson scored an even later equaliser in an 1-1 draw.
Defenders:Ryan Bennett, Johnny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell
Defensive Midfielders:Wilfred Ndidi
Attacking Midfielders:Demarai Gray, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Ayoze Perez
Youngsters Alexis Mac Allister and Tariq Lamptey are enjoying places on the bench, but the first XI may not show as many changes. Martin Montoya, Solly March and Aaron Connolly are other options to bring into the starting XI.
Neal Maupay – His late winner – his second goal against Arsenal this season – was his ninth of the campaign after signing last summer.
Lewis Dunk – Key at the back, having forged a partnership with Adam Webster, the big centre-back also scored Brighton’s equaliser last weekend.
Pascal Gross – Back in the team to face Arsenal last time out, the German has made a name for himself with important goals against big teams.
Brighton came from behind to restart their campaign with a rare win. Just their third victory in 16 matches, Lewis Dunk and Neil Maupay scored the Seagulls’ goals as they won 2-1 at home to Arsenal.
Defenders:Martin Montoya, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn
Midfielders:Yves Bissouma, Davy Propper, Pascal Gross
Forwards:Solly March, Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard
Leicester are unbeaten in the five Premier League meetings between these two teams, winning four of them. That includes a 2-0 win at the Amex back in November, when Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy scored second-half goals. Here are the results of those last five matches:
Nov 23, 2019: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City
Feb 26, 2019: Leicester City 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Nov 24, 2018: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City
Mar 31, 2018: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City
Aug 19, 2017: Leicester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester City thought they had snatched a late win from their opening game only to have it taken away from them by conceding an even later equaliser.
Brighton were on the right end of the late drama in their game, however, as they snatched a comeback win against Arsenal.
Clearly, the Seagulls go into this game with the bigger mental boost behind them but that means little based on the wider picture before the season paused.
Brighton were out of form and remain on the very edge of the relegation battle, while the Foxes are third in the table and looking to finish the job to secure Champions League football next year.
Leicester are unbeaten against Brighton since the Seagulls’ Premier League promotion in 2017 and the former champions have impressed this season.
They may have looked a little rusty on their return, but with Jamie Vardy one goal short of a Premier League century, they will be looking for goals this time out.
There were very few across the first weekend, but they are still comfortable favourites to ensure they score at least one more than Brighton this time.
Leicester have enjoyed an excellent season and it is imperative they do not allow that to go to waste now.
Leicester City are favourites to beat Brighton & Hove Albion and can be backed at 7/10 with Ladbrokes, 888sport, Betfair and Betway to win.
Despite their win last time out, Brighton still do not score many goals and bet against both teams to score at 19/20 with Bet365.
Under 2.5 goals will return a best price of 10/11 with 888sport, meanwhile.
Jamie Vardy’s next goal will be his 100th in the Premier League and he is evens with 888sport to score at any time in this game.
Leicester could only draw with Watford last time out and so will be determined to get back on track against another team battling to beat the drop.