Norwich have not been able to secure back-to-back seasons of Premier League football since 2012-13 and 2013-14, having dropped straight back into the Championship following their last two promotions.
The Canaries collected 97 points en route to winning last season’s Championship, but it has been a similar story in the top flight this term, with just a single point from seven games leaving them bottom of the table.
Daniel Farke’s side are the lowest scorers with two, while they have the joint-worst defensive record alongside Newcastle United, having conceded 16 times, which are not exactly statistics that will fill their supporters with too much confidence heading into a vital period of the season.
Norwich’s first point of the campaign did arrive away to Burnley before the international break, but a poor result on Saturday would leave them short on confidence ahead of a very tough trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.
The Canaries have only won one of their last four matches against Brighton, meanwhile, and suffered back-to-back defeats to the Seagulls during the 2019-20 Premier League season without scoring a goal.
Brighton have excelled in England’s top flight this term, picking up 14 points from their opening seven matches of the campaign to sit sixth, level on points with fifth-placed Everton, fourth-placed Manchester United and third-placed Manchester City.
The fact that the Seagulls are only two points off the top of the table after seven matches is credit to manager Graham Potter and his staff, who have started to see impressive football translate to positive results.https://c4d8ce02c88a3487afc68bec04a6f443.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
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Brighton won back-to-back league games against Brentford and Leicester in the middle of September before playing out successive draws with Crystal Palace and Arsenal before the international break.
Perhaps the true strength of Potter’s side will be shown before the end of the month, as their next two after this weekend’s clash at Carrow Road are at home to Man City and away to Liverpool.
Brighton scored three goals and did not concede in their two wins over Norwich during the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, while they put five unanswered goals past the Canaries in the Championship back in 2016 and will certainly enter Saturday’s contest as the favourites