Can Roberto De Zerbi claim his first victory at Brighton boss?
In the Italian’s first game at the helm, the Seagulls played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool; Leandro Trossard bagging a hat-trick at Anfield.
However, last weekend, in De Zerbi’s first home game, they were frustratingly beaten 1-0 by Tottenham.
Nevertheless, given that this was just their second defeat of the campaign, Brighton kick off seventh, and would return to the top four with a win.
Brentford meanwhile are 11th, knowing a victory would propel them above Liverpool, Fulham and Bournemouth.
The Bees though suffered their biggest top-flight defeat since December 1938 last weekend, hammered 5-1 by Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Some generous defending, notably from goalkeeper David Raya, simply gifting goals to the Magpies.
So, since beating Leeds on 3 September, Thomas Frank’s side are winless, their only goal in this period an Ivan Toney penalty.
Will the birds or the bees prevail in this Friday night fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium?
Brentford team news
Ethan Pinnock made his first appearance since 16 April last weekend, and looked extremely rusty, scoring an own goal.
However, with captain Pontus Jansson a doubt, the Jamaican could keep his place.
Thomas Frank has been deploying a back three in recent weeks, so it’ll be interesting to see if he sticks with it.
Right-back Aaron Hickey is one yellow card away from missing Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea suspended.
Ivan Toney has already scored six times this season; can he bag Brentford’s first-ever top-flight goal against Brighton?
Brighton & Hove Albion team news
Roberto De Zerbi hasn’t changed too much since arriving in Sussex, continuing with the back three that served them so well under Graham Potter.
A quick mention for Enock Mwepu, who was tragically forced to retire this week, at the age of just 24, due to a ‘rare hereditary heart condition’.
Tariq Lamptey could come in at right-wing-back, with Pervis Estupiñán set to keep his place on the other side.
Leandro Trossard scored a stoppage time winner at Brentford 11 months ago, netting in the return fixture too, so will the Belgian down the Bees again?