Preview - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Norwich City 02 November 19

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Match Day 11
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Norwich City
Saturday, November 2nd 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: American Express Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: D L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Neil Maupay (4)

Norwich City:
Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.10
Average goals against per match: 2.40
Top Scorer: Teemu Pukki (6)

There have been considerable highs for Norwich City on their return to the Premier League - most notably that thrilling home success over Manchester City. Overall though the season looks like being a battle against relegation, just as most predicted. Next up it's a trip to the South Coast to take on a Brighton side who only stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season.

These two sides last met in the league in the 2016/17 Championship season. Brighton routed Norwich 5-0 here that year, with the Canaries coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse.

Brighton have lost only one of five at home this season, and arrive on a high having come from behind to beat Everton here last week. Having looked a side short of goals, Graham Potter will likely be most encouraged by the fact that they have hit three in each of their past two games here.

Norwich City most definitely are a side short on goals - at least on their travels - with Daniel Farke's men now having failed to score in over 360 minutes of Premier League football on the road. On the plus side they did keep a first away clean sheet of the season last time out at Bournemouth.

Norwich possibly are marginally the better attacking side overall. They continue to look dodgy at the back though - being all over the place at times in that loss at home to Manchester United last weekend - and we fancy that may ultimately prove their undoing against a well-organised Brighton outfit.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 - 0 Norwich City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 21 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 0
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 58% - 42%

Just the one booking at the Amex, with Marco Stiepermann of Norwich City being the only player to have his name taken by referee Kevin Friend.

It's pretty tough to get anything from a game if you fail to register even a single shot on target, and Norwich City found that out here. To be fair to the Canaries, they did defend resolutely for much of this game, only to be finally undone by a persistent Brighton & Hove Albion side in the final quarter.

It's perhaps a little harsh on the visitors to say they didn't have an effort on target, as they actually couldn't have come much closer to taking the lead in the 10th minute when Stiepermann was a little unlucky to see his 18-yard effort come back of the crossbar.

All Brighton from there on in really, with the visitor's goal leading a charmed life at times in the first half. Goalless at the break though.

The opening goal finally arrived in the 68th minute. Martin Montoya playing in a low cross from the right and Leandro Trossard getting to it towards the near post to guide a deft volley into the bottom right.

The home side weren't under too much pressure in truth but did make sure of the points six minutes from time. Trossard turning provider this time - sending in a free kick from deep on the left, to find Shane Duffy sliding in to finish into the bottom right from around six yards out to the right. Tim Krul getting a hand to it but unable to keep it out.

2-0 final score.

Norwich remain second bottom and now three points away from safety. Brighton move up to ninth.

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