Brighton and Hove Albion preview

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Jake Forster-Caskey over the past few years with home club Brighton and Hove Albion. The energetic central midfielder has become a fans favourite due to his tireless work rate and never dies mentality. He offers a wide range of passing which can be useful on the attack or when dropping back to do his part on the defensive line. He scored 3 goals in 33 games last season proving that he has an eye for goal, as well as being able to shield the back four. He joined the England Under-21 in the Czech Republic for their European Championships, but unfortunately was not given the opportunity by manager Gareth Southgate to show what he can do. At the age of 21 he will soon be looking to progress into the England first time so moving to the top flight may be his only option.

One to Watch

Israeli international Tomer Hemed will spearhead the attack for the Seagulls this campaign. The 28-year-old has an impeccable record at international level with 10 goals in 15 games. Hemed joins from Spanish top flight club Almeria on a three-year-deal and will create a different option compared to O’Grady and Baldock upfront. The former Maccabi Haifa youngster grabbed 8 goals last season after joining from Mallorca the previous summer.

Prediction

Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley Sky Bet Championship football match at the Amex Stadium - Brighton's Jake Forster-Caskey Photograph taken by Simon Dack 24 August 2013 SD240813A
Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley Sky Bet Championship football match at the Amex Stadium – Brighton’s Jake Forster-Caskey
Photograph taken by Simon Dack
24 August 2013
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Much of last season’s disappointment was down to Finish manager Sami Hyypia. The former Liverpool stalwart joined the Seagulls from Bayer Leverkusen with high expectations, but failed to fill them thanks to a disastrous goalscoring record in the first half of the season. This awful form eventually led to Hyypia’s departure as he was replaced by Chris Hughton, who had been out of work since being replaced by Neil Adams in the Norwich City hot seat. The experienced striker trio of Craig Mackail-Smith, Chris O’Grady and Sam Baldock, failed to produce the goals that was needed for a potential play-off push. The additions of Gaeten Bong and Liam Rosenior bolster the backline and with Lewis Dunk subject to interest from several Championship rivals, it could be wise. Gordon Greer will most likely captain the side after gaining valuable international game time with Scotland at the conclusion of the season. With the addition of a goal scorer and maybe a few squad players, Hughton could have the team to secure a much improved season over last.

 

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