Brighton will be delighted with their start to the 2021-22 campaign, boasting a record of four wins, five draws and three defeats from 12 matches, which has seen them collect 17 points to sit ninth in the division.
The Seagulls are without a victory in England’s top flight since the middle of September, though, drawing five and losing two of their seven fixtures since the 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Graham Potter’s side drew back-to-back games against Liverpool and Newcastle United before suffering a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend, with Steven Gerrard picking up a strong result in his first game at the helm.
An improvement on last season’s 16th-place finish would be very encouraging for Brighton this term, but the early indications are that they could potentially challenge for a spot inside the top half.
That said, goals have been an issue for Potter’s team this term, finding the back of the net on just 12 occasions in 12 matches, with only Southampton (11), Tottenham Hotspur (11) and Norwich City (seven) netting fewer.
Leeds looked to be on course for an impressive result at Tottenham last weekend, with Daniel James sending the Whites ahead in the latter stages of the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, Antonio Conte’s side managed to turn the game around in the second half, with Leeds suffering their fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign, which has left them in 17th spot in the table.
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Marcelo Bielsa’s team were so impressive on their return to the top flight last term, but it has been somewhat of a reality check this season, and they might well find themselves in a relegation battle in 2021-22.
The Whites have only lost one of their last four in the league, drawing with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City, in addition to beating Norwich City, between October 23 and November 7.
Leeds have lost eight of their last nine matches against Brighton in all competitions, though, including both Premier League matches during the 2020-21 campaign