FanView: 5 Things Brighton Need to Do to Beat Leicester After Losing Premier League Opener

Brighton's return to the top flight ended in disappointment last weekend as they lost to Manchester City, with Sergio Aguero's strike and a Lewis Dunk own goal consigning the Seagulls to defeat. Chris Hughton's men showed plenty of spirit in standing up to one of the country's most devastating attacks but the first real opportunity for points comes this weekend with the trip to Leicester. What do they need to do to get those vital three points on the board? Here are five pointers. It's no...

Find an Attacking Outlet

It's no disgrace to lose to Manchester City, such is Pep Guardiola's side's attacking talent, but you have to give yourself a chance.

Up front, Tomer Hemed and Pascal Gross could do little but hassle and hope for the best, and unsurprisingly they were unable to rustle any feathers.

If they want to come away from the King Power with three points, they'll need an attacking outlet to give them respite in possession and allow them to mount attacks.

Cut Out Basic Mistakes

It seems simple, but the first goal Brighton conceded last week came from Dale Stephens dallying in possession. From there, the passing from City was like a hot knife through butter.

The Seagulls can't afford to let Jamie Vardy have a free run in on goal or let Riyad Mahrez cut inside, they have to make life for Leicester as difficult as possible and not give them an inch.

Teams in the Premier League win and lose by such fine margins, and if Brighton learned any lessons in defeat last week, that one will be right up there.

Start Anthony Knockaert

Last season's Championship player of the year will surely have a huge role to play in Brighton's debut Premier League campaign, so it was disappointing to see him restricted to a substitute role against City.

The Frenchman is a wizard on his day and Brighton will need him to be at the peak of his powers for the trip to Leicester, who will give him the opportunity to show his worth.

Knockaert, a former Leicester player, will want to prove his pedigree to his former employers and will hopefully perform on his return to England's top flight.

Pack the Midfield

Brighton aren't going to have enough of the ball to warrant playing two players up front, so a switch to a five-man midfield is necessary for success this season.

It may seem counterintuitive for Chris Hughton, who gained promotion with Brighton thanks to his attacking tactics, but certainly for the early stages of the season the Seagulls need to give themselves a chance.

Including Knockaert and dropping Gross would likely give Brighton a stronger platform and allow the south coast side to create more chances for their striker up front, whether it's Hemed, Glenn Murray or Sam Baldock.

Don't Give Jamie Vardy Space

We all saw the dangers of giving the lethal Jamie Vardy too much time and space last week as the England international leathered in two against Arsenal.

The former Fleetwood striker thrives off space and makes the teams that give it to him regret their slack defending, but Brighton aren't normally a disorganised unit at the back.

We saw last week that Brighton can defend for large periods against top teams, and they'll need to employ a similar work ethic if they're to succeed on Saturday.

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