After finishing 16th last season, battling relegation until Fulham and West Brom finally gave up, Brighton have had a positive start to the new Premier League campaign, keeping close to the early leaders. The Seagulls have won three of their opening four games and are just one point behind Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton who currently make up the top four. It was Everton that handed Brighton their only defeat of the season so far, a 2-0 reverse at the Amex just before the international break after the Seagulls started with wins over Burnley and Watford. But Graham Potter’s men bounced back with a narrow, dramatic victory over Brentford last weekend in which Leandro Trossard scored the only goal in the 90th minute.
Leicester, meanwhile, are yet to build a consistent run of results this season, trading wins and defeats in the league. The FA Cup champions opened the new campaign with a narrow victory over Wolves but were then thrashed 4-1 at the hands of West Ham in a disaster of a match which also saw Ayoze Perez sent off. Leicester went into the international break off the back of a 2-1 win over Norwich but returned in defeat to Manchester City, leaving them ninth in the table after four games. Brendan Rodgers’ side also suffered in the Europa League on Thursday, losing a 2-0 lead at home to draw with Napoli in their opening group stage match.
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Brighton vs Leicester: Match Stats
After a slightly underwhelming spell in 2020/21, Jamie Vardy has re-found form at the start of the new campaign, scoring two goals in the opening four Premier League matches. The Englishman has also recorded one assist, being directly involved in three of Leicester’s four league goals so far, a run he’ll expect to continue against Brighton this weekend. In eight Premier League games against the Seagulls, Vardy has been directly involved in eight goals, scoring five and recording three assists.
Although they have started finding the net, Brighton remain a conservative team in front of goal, as shown by their two games either side of the international break. After scoring four goals in their opening two games, Brighton drew a blank in a 2-0 defeat to Everton and then only just beat Brentford 1-0. Leicester, meanwhile, have also seen two of their four Premier League games finish 1-0, including that loss to Man City last weekend.
Brighton vs Leicester: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Brighton 1-1 Leicester
Brighton vs Leicester: Odds
Brighton vs Leicester: Head to Head
6 March 2021 – Brighton 1-2 Leicester – Premier League
10 February 2021 – Leicester 1-0 Brighton – FA Cup
13 December 2020 – Leicester 3-0 Brighton – Premier League
23 June 2020 – Leicester 0-0 Brighton – Premier League
23 November 2019 – Brighton 0-2 Leicester – Premier League
Since Brighton’s promotion in 2017, Leicester have had their number, winning six of the eight Premier League clashes with the other two ending in draws. The Foxes also beat the Seagulls in the FA Cup last season en route to winning the competition.