WIN – DRAW – WIN TREBLE
Brighton look a much better this season under Potter with a draw against West Ham and a comfortable win over Watford away. The defence looked good last season and nothing has changed in that regard, but he has the side playing more attacking football, creating chances and scoring goals. It might be a short term success as we believe the squad still lacks Premier League quality, but for now the form looks good. Southampton were edged out against Liverpool in a game they could have won, but were embarrased 3-0 by Burnley in the last outing. They create chances but their lack of goals continues to be a problem especially when they are vulnerable defensively. A local derby is usually a close run affair and Southampton have the edge in quality, but Brighton have the form and home advantage. A draw looks likely here.
Fulham suffered a shock defeat to Barnsley at the start of the season but have bounced back with 3 victories since then. Their last outing a 4-0 victory over Millwall was a comprehensive display with possession of 87%. The attacking threats were always going to be dangerous and if they get into a rhythm the Premier League quality will shine through. The fans will be buoyant at home and a win could see them go top. Forest have had a win loss and a couple of draws. They look like a mid table side, able to pick up good results against the weaker sides, but likely to park the bus against the top teams. They managed to do it against Leeds, but that was a very fortunate outcome creating little all game and showing very little impetus to do so. Fulham have clinical goal scorers and if they sit back like Millwall, we’ll expect a similar result.
Millwall will be suffering after the midweek defeat. They were outclassed in all departments and rarely has such a large gulf in class been demonstrated in the Championship. The lack of quality in the Millwall side means they must work doggedly and tirelessly to keep the game as tight as possible, not letting the other side play but creating few chances of their own. It’s worked well for the most part this season with a couple of wins and a draw. Boro are a decent side at home but turmoil of the pitch has left them without a solid foundation upon which to build this season. They’ve picked up a win draw and 2 defeats, distinctly average. The home advantage and the demoralising defeat suffered by Millwall makes Boro favourites here.
Stoke have lost 3 and drawn one so far this season, last years favourites really struggling to get going. The lack goals and look disorganised at the back. Butland is having a nightmare and could well be dropped for this fixture. They are playing top of the table Leeds, who they beat comfortably last season in this fixture. Leeds are top of the league and looking in good form. They’ve collected 3 wins and a draw, those points dropped in unfortunate circumstances against Nottinham Forest. They might be vulnerable at the back in this fixture will 3 of the back 4 unlikely to feature for Leeds. Goals and attacking are what the away side does best, and we’re backing them to get the job done away from home.