Brighton host Leeds United on Saturday evening, searching for a first Premier League win in eight outings.
Graham Potter’s side got their campaign off to a hugely encouraging start, collecting 12 points from their opening five fixtures but have failed to win since. The seven subsequent Premier League matches have yielded five draws and two defeats, most recently losing 2-0 at Aston Villa, leaving them ninth in the table.
The Seagulls face a Leeds side who had looked to be picking up form in recent weeks, although have now won just once in five as they sit one place above the relegation zone. Here’s who Potter could line up with to get a much-needed win.
Robert Sanchez (GK) – Missed Brighton’s defeat at Villa Park through suspension and, although Jason Steele played well in his place, the Spaniard should come back into the fold.
Adam Webster (CB) – Completed 90 minutes for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury in September last time out and will likely continue.
Shane Duffy (CB) – Has missed just one Premier League game since returning from his loan spell at Celtic last campaign.
Lewis Dunk (CB) – Has played every minute of Brighton’s league campaign thus far, and will continue to skipper the side this weekend.
Tariq Lamptey (RWB) – Didn’t last the full 90 against Aston Villa, although that seemed precautionary so he should be raring to go as he gets back to full fitness.
Alexis MacAllister (CM) – Pascal Gross was unimpressive at Villa Park, potentially leaving the door open to MacAllister who has started just two league games this term.
Yves Bissouma (CM) – Great to see him getting back to his best following his knee injury and, after a brilliant performance last time out, is a no-brainer to start against Leeds.
Adam Lallana (CM) – Has largely managed to keep fit since his arrival from Liverpool and has featured in each of the Seagulls’ Premier League games this season.
Marc Cucurella (LWB) – Still hasn’t managed to notch a direct goal involvement since his move from La Liga, but he’s a real livewire on the left-hand side.
Leandro Trossard (ST) – Capable of producing the spark in advanced areas that can win games, Trossard will look to inspire Brighton to a first win in eight and build on his three goals so far this season.
Neal Maupay (ST) – A change up top could be needed to finally bag that long-awaited victory. Maupay, who has four league strikes to his name but hasn’t started in over a month, could come back into the lineup.