Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City meet in England’s top division for the first time since 1983 this weekend.
Both teams come into Saturday’s showdown in contrasting form; Brighton, who have won two of their last three Premier League matches, will be aiming to win a third home game on the bounce.
Norwich, since that incredible 3-2 win over champions Manchester City, have failed to win their last five league matches with four of those ending in defeat. They are yet to win on the road this season. In fact, the East-Anglian side have lost 13 of their last 15 away trips.
Read on for Brighton vs Norwich City preview, predictions, team news, TV info and more.
When is Brighton vs Norwich City and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Falmer Stadium
Date: Saturday, 02 November 2019
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Brighton vs Norwich City
21 Apr 2017: Norwich City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion (Championship)
29 Oct 2016: Brighton & Hove Albion 5-0 Norwich City (Championship)
03 Apr 2015: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Norwich City (Championship)
22 Nov 2014: Norwich City 3-3 Brighton & Hove Albion (Championship)
14 Feb 2006: Norwich City 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Brighton (LWLDL) 8-7 Norwich City (WLWDW)
Ones to watch
Brighton: Neal Maupay
Neal Maupay is enjoying a first Premier League season following his arrival from Brentford in the summer. His four goals across 10 appearances makes him the Seagulls’ leading marksman, but importantly he’s bagged in their last two home fixtures, wins over Spurs (3-0) and Everton (3-2) expect him to have a say this weekend.
Key stat: Neal Maupay averages 3.8 shots per 90 minutes, the most by any Brighton player this season.
Norwich City: Emiliano Buendía
Norwich have been on a downward trajectory after securing a shocking 3-2 win over Manchester City. Daniel Farke’s men have lost four of their subsequent five Premier League outings, with the only respite being a goalless draw on the road at Bournemouth. During this period, the Canaries have registered two goals. So, the onus is on their chief creator Emiliano Buendía, who has been a standout this season.
Key stat: Only Trent Alexander-Arnold (37) and Kevin De Bruyne (36) have created more chances than Buendía (26) in the Premier League this season.
Aaron Mooy returns from suspension though expects to start on the bench this weekend. Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo, meanwhile, are unavailable through injury. Leandro Trossard gives manager Graham Potter another selection headache after returning from injury.
Predicted XI: Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Groß, Propper, Stephens, Alzate; Connolly, Maupay.
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Todd Cantwell and Jamal Lewis are doubts but should shake off whatever knocks they have to start, although Ibrahim Amadou has been ruled out. Grant Hanley, Timm Klose, Mario Vrančić and Christoph Zimmermann will not be available to Farke, who is desperate to end their winless streak.
Predicted XI: Krul; Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey; Buendia, McLean, Leitner, Cantwell; Pukki.
It’s hard to see Norwich turning around their recent mire at the Amex this weekend given the respective forms of both teams. Brighton, who recently sent Spurs and Everton packing with zero points in tow, should fancy registering a fourth win of the season that could see them end the weekend in the top half of the Premier League table.
Scoreline prediction: Brighton 2-0 Norwich City