Will Brighton Get Pulled into the Mix?
In the Barclays Premier League table, Brighton are sat in 13th place and are on 26 points. Newcastle, Burnley, Crystal Palace, and Southampton are edging closer towards them. Cardiff are 2 wins away in 18th place.
Brighton won three in a row in December, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, and Everton. But they’ve just lost 3 on the bounce, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Fulham. During their last 8 games, they’ve only picked up one win against Everton. In the 8 games prior to that, they picked up 5 wins which might have put them in a false position.
Alarm bells might be ringing quietly in manager Chris Hughton’s ears after their 4-2 defeat at Fulham. Despite leading at half-time 2-0. Brighton striker, 35 year old Glenn Murray, scored in the 3rd and 17th minutes for his 9th and 10th goals of the season. He’s easily Brighton’s top scorer with defender Shane Duffy in 2nd place with 4.
Brighton’s 3 Phases
Brighton’s season can be looked at in 3 phases:
Phase 1 – August to the end of September. 1 win.
Phase 2 – October to early December. 5 wins.
Phase 3 – Mid December to the end of January. 1 win.
Houghton needs to claw out another 12 points to reach the safety benchmark of 38. With 14 games still to play that should be doable. But he needs another cluster of wins. If that doesn’t Brighton will be in big trouble!
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Using this as a guideline Brighton will end up in the third relegation place, along with Cardiff and Huddersfield who are already doomed.
At the other end of the table, using this strategy, Manchester United will win the Barclays Premier League and that’s not going to happen. But a win at home today against Watford will calm Houghton’s nerves.