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BT Sport's Premier League 2017/18 season preview: Brighton and Hove Albion

Everything you need to know about Brighton and Hove Albion ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season on BT Sport.

FOOTBALL 09/08/17 14:06
Brighton and Hove Albion

Last season: 2nd in the Championship

Although missing out on the Championship title on the last day of last season will have stung, the 2016/17 season will go down in history for Brighton and Hove Albion fans as they were promoted to the Premier League for the first time.

The elevation took them back to the top division of English football for the first time since 1983 and brought an end to a dark period in their history that had seen them fall as low as the fourth tier.

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With three failed play-off campaigns in the last four seasons, the club had been knocking on the Premier League’s door for some time, and Chris Hughton can take great pride in the way his team were able to complete the job last season as they pushed a strong Newcastle United all the way.

However, getting to the Promised Land is only half the battle and the challenge to stay up could prove even greater.

Glass half full: When you have been out of the top flight as long as Brighton have the prospect of doing battle with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal is enough of an incentive on its own. However, the club are not here to simply make up the numbers and will hope the core of the squad that took them up will be enough to keep them up. The players know each other well and in Chris Hughton they have a manager with experience of winning the survival battle.

Glass half empty: It has been a quiet summer so far in the transfer market and the club are yet to bring in the calibre of players many pundits claim will be necessary to stay in the Premier League. The Seagulls relied heavily on Glenn Murray last term and, at 33, it is unclear if he’ll be as effective in the top division this time around.

New kids on the block: Pascal Gross – Ingolstadt, Josh Kerr – Celtic, Mathew Ryan – Valencia, Markus Suttner – Ingolstadt, Mathias Normann – FK Bodo/Glimt, Izzy Brown – Chelsea (loan).

Left the building: Casper Ankergren – retired, Vegard Forren – released, Chris O'Grady – Chesterfield, David Stockdale –Birmingham, Elvis Manu – Genclerbirligi SK, Christian Walton – Wigan (loan), Rob Hunt – Oldham.

The gaffer: Chris Hughton – The popular 58-year-old gets a third crack at the Premier League having previously managed Newcastle and Norwich City in the top flight. That experience could be vital as the club face a tough battle to consolidate last season’s promotion.

Star man: Glenn Murray – The 33-year-old striker enjoyed an Indian summer last season as he plundered 20 goals in the Seagulls’ promotion winning campaign. His hold-up play was just as important, however, and his ability to get Brighton up the field will be crucial when they take on the Premier League giants this time around.

One to watch: Izzy Brown – Big things have been expected from the Chelsea youngster for some time but the 20-year-old has so far only been able to make four first team appearances at Stamford Bridge. Signed on a season-long loan, Brown should be given the opportunity to show what he can do in the top flight.

First five games: Manchester City (H), Leicester City (A), Watford (A), West Brom (H), Bournemouth (A)

Betting preview

Premier League Title Odds: 1500/1

Top Four Odds: 500/1

Relegation Odds: 5/4

Top Goalscorer Odds: Glenn Murray 6/4

Star Bet: Brighton were finally promoted to the Premier League after finishing in the top six of the Sky Bet Championship for the fourth time in five seasons. Chris Hughton’s side had the league title in their own hands but one point from their last three matches saw Newcastle snatch that honour from them on the final day. They look to be sticking with the majority of the squad that got them promotion and questions have to be asked over their ability to match their Premier League counterparts week in week out. While Huddersfield are the bookies favourites to finish bottom it may well be the team from the south coast who take the wooden spoon come what May. To Finish Bottom of the Premier League – Brighton 6/1
 

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