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Match Preview, Brighton on Saturday. A must win for Leicester City

DATE: 17.08.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

There were a lot of positives from the away game v. Arsenal, keeping the lead until the 83rd minute and really showing great attitude, to get zero out of this game was a shame really, so next is Brighton, a must win

Newly promoted Brighton, was drawn against Man City in their first game of the season. Not an easy task and it all ended in a predicted defeat. They were also defeated 3-2 by Atletico Madrid in their last pre-season game.

A number of new players are added to the Brighton squad and as we all know, their manager Chris Hughton, is an expert to get team up from the Championship, but struggles often at the next hurdle, to be able to establish teams at Premier League level.

The new faces at Brighton are from all over the place. Hughton fielded new goalkeeper Ryan, signed from Valenica. The Australian goalkeeper spent most of last season on loan at Belgian club Genk, where he previously played for Brugge.

Pröpper and Gross both were in the starting line-up. Gross coming in from Ingolstadt and Davy Pröpper signed from PSV. Isaiah Brown signed from Chelsea and Markus Suttner, also joining from Ingolstad were two others in the starting 11.

Former fox Anthony Knockaert came on as a sub in the 75th minute. Hughton has a difficult task and often stumbles in his decission making at the highest level. The signings made by Brighton were they all necessary or could they upset balance ?
 

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As TCF can see it, Craig Shakespeare has only one dilemma, introducing Kelechi Iheanacho from start and replace him with Shinji Okazaki, the rest takes care of it self, should not be affraid to be a bit more offensive against at team like Brighton, especially at home.

Robert Huth is back in training so is Nampalys Mendy. Tom Lawrence is gone to Derby, and Musa could be on his way to Hull. We just have to see what activity will be happening in the days left of the transfer window.

The predicted City line-up, and as we prefer it. 4-4-2, Schmeichel, Simpson, Fuchs, Morgan, Maguire, James, Nididi, Mahrez, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy, Subs: Okazaki, Slimani, Gray, King, Amartey, Jakupovic, Chilwell.

Late news are that Iheanacho might not be ready, with a toe problem. Iborra and Drinkwater are out. Mendy will play in the U.23's this Friday and Huth is back in training. We might see the same starting 11 as against Arsenal, with this news late Friday evening.

Would like to see this team playing, and the combinations between Mahrez, Iheanacho and Vardy can be deadly for anyone playing against them. Shakespeare also needs to be more clever in his judgement regarding changes, both in formation and players.

Doing this at the same time, as he did against Arsenal, cost City the win, not the error done by Dean or missing players to mark in the final minutes of the game. Often making structural changes will upset balance and you can see strange things happen.

In the final minutes of a game, players are often tired, and being in the lead, they are trying to defend their lead or put pressure on the opponent, if not. You can have all the maps and paper flip overs you like, but it will not help a player coming into this type of games.
 

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Shakespeare did well with his tactics last season, so to get it wrong against Arsenal, never helped anyone. Stop blaming referee's and players when you upset the balance and make changes that does not work out at all.

Arsenal made structural changes bringing on Giroud and Ramsey, with City trying to adapt to that in the end, but it didn't work.

We certainly hope that Leicester will come out of the blocks in a tempo we have never seen at King Power before. This can be electric and if the work done until the 83rd minute at The Emirates is continued, then this should be an easy win.

Brighton spent four seasons in the top flight from 1979 to 1983. They "copied" Leicester City getting relegated in the same year as ending runners-up in the FA Cup. Brighton in 1983 Leicester in 1969.

A number of former foxes have also been transformed to seagulls, or the opposite. Peter Taylor and Micky Adams both had good spells at Brighton as managers, Taylor taking over from Adams, when the two switched positions.

Taylor managed to to the better of the two, getting Brighton promoted, while Micky Adams, who took charge in the final games of the 01-02 season, had a wait a year to see Leicester City promoted back to the Premier League after being relegated the season before.

Players such as Junior Lewis and Robbie Savage were both a period down at Brighton. Chris O'Grady and Anthony Knockeart are other names that comes to mind as both Seagulls and Foxes.

Going a bit longer back in time, the player with most appearances in a Leicester shirt, Graham Cross, also played for Brighton from 1976 to 1977. Our old hero, Frank Worthington, played at Brighton from 1984 to 1985.

One of a kind, Alan Young, played for Brighton a year before Worthington, but moved on and joined Notts County. Football goes in circles, and with Brighton back in the top flight, we will see a City team playing Seagulls for the first time since 2014, in the Championship.

The last four events between the clubs have ended with two wins to Brighton, a draw and the last time City won against Brighton was back in October 2012, at home.

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