Brighton and Hove Albion V Sheffield United Match Preview

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Brighton are back on the road this weekend as they face Sheffield United at Brammall Lane on Sunday. The Seagulls will be wanting to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing last gasp defeat at Tottenham, and make up some ground on those in the European places. They’ll be hoping to emulate their stunning 5-2 success they had in South Yorkshire in the FA Cup at the end of January.Written by Joe Zelinger

Roberto de Zerbi’s side have started 2024 slowly, with just one win in the league, but the recent 4-1 win against Crystal Palace was positive and the performance last time out against Spurs warranted a better result than they managed. 

One player who has kept his performance level high into the new year is Pascal Gross, who has nine goal involvements in his last 11 league starts. Brighton welcomed back Kaoru Mitoma last week, and this weekend they have a boost in the return of Simon Adingra who just won AFCON with Ivory Coast. 

Joel Veltman also returned against Spurs, but the Seagulls will still be without top scorer Joao Pedro due to a hamstring problem. 

Sheffield United come into the game looking to make it two wins in a row in the Premier League for the first time since 2020. After their dismal 5-0 home defeat to Aston Villa two weeks ago, the Blades responded well to beat Luton last time out, and are aiming to avoid losing their opening four home games of a calendar year for the first time since 2011. 

This should be aided by players including Gustavo Hamer, George Baldock, and Ivo Grbic all likely to be back involved. January signing Ben Brereton Diaz may also come back into the squad after a hamstring issue kept him out of the trip to Kenilworth Road. 

If Sheffield United are going to stay in the league, they really need to start putting runs of wins together, and they can take confidence into Sunday having never lost a Premier League match against Brighton. 

Brighton have also gone six away league games without a victory, however, Sheffield United have conceded a league high 31 goals in home Premier League games this season. A win for the away side could see them move up to 7th and further cement their place in the race for European competition. 

Three points for Sheffield United could see them rise to 19th and gain on the other sides in and around the relegation zone. Prediction: Brighton have been a bit hit and miss, but they played well last week and should be too much for Sheffield United. 1-3.

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