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 ?
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
Robert Huth is back in training so is Nampalys Mendy.
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
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
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
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
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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