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Analysing Brighton & Hove Albion's run-in

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at the fixtures Brighton will have to play if the 2019-20 Premier League season resumes.

As the only Premier League team to have not won any of their last five fixtures prior to the coronavirus postponement, Brighton & Hove Albion find themselves 15th in the table after 29 games.

Only two points separate Graham Potter's men from the relegation zone, with the Seagulls winless in England's top flight since their 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Bournemouth in December.

Should the 2019-20 season resume amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Brighton will know that there is plenty of work to be done if they are to cement their status as a Premier League club.

With that in mind, Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at their nine remaining matches of the 2019-20 campaign.

Brighton boss Graham Potter on February 8, 2020© Reuters

It is fair to say that Brighton have one of the most difficult run-ins heading into the business end of the season, with a home clash against Arsenal next up on their calendar, assuming the fixture schedule stays the same.

With that being said, the Seagulls did manage to pick up a shock 2-1 win at the Emirates back in December, and the Gunners have failed to win on the south coast since the fourth round of the 2014-15 FA Cup.

Following on from their clash with Mikel Arteta's men would be a trip to high-flying Leicester City, who have triumphed over the Seagulls four times in their last five meetings.

However, Leicester had suffered a slight dip in form prior to the enforced suspension, only picking up one win from their most recent five matches.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring their second goal on December 28, 2019© Reuters

The tough fixtures continue for Potter's side with the visit of Manchester United next on the agenda, but the Red Devils have lost both of their Premier League fixtures at the Amex Stadium.

The first of Brighton's more favourable matches is a trip to rock-bottom Norwich City, who succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to the Seagulls earlier in the season.

Brighton's journey to Carrow Road is sandwiched between the previous clash with United and the visit of runaway leaders Liverpool, who boast an eight-game winning streak against the Seagulls.

As if a clash with the champions-elect was not daunting enough for Potter's side, they could be set to play host to Manchester City the following weekend, a team they have lost to six times on the bounce.

Neal Maupay celebrates equalising for Brighton on February 22, 2020© Reuters

The final three games of the season represents Brighton's best possible chance to finish the campaign strongly, with upcoming opponents Southampton and Newcastle United only one and two places above them in the table respectively.

Southampton are another side that the Seagulls have failed to win against in the Premier League, but they are unbeaten against Newcastle since their promotion to the top flight.

Burnley, a team that have not suffered defeat against Brighton since 2013, are last up on the agenda for Potter's men, whose final nine opponents, rather appropriately, boast an average position of ninth.

In terms of difficulty ranking, the teams left to visit the Amex Stadium have an average position of sixth, with the average of the teams left to host Brighton being 12th.

Given the fact that Brighton still have to play three of the Premier League's top five at home, coupled with their dismal record of two wins on the road all season, the Seagulls would certainly do well to avoid the drop to the Championship.

Brighton's remaining Premier League fixtures

Arsenal (h)
Leicester City (a)
Manchester United (h)
Norwich City (a)
Liverpool (h)
Manchester City (h)
Southampton (a)
Newcastle United (h)
Burnley (a)

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