Brighton round-off game-week five of the Premier League when they travel to Southampton on Monday night in a south coast clash.
With just 64 miles between The Amex and St Mary’s, clashes between the two clubs are usually quite feisty.
The two sides met just over a couple of weeks ago in the second round of the Carabao Cup, with Saints winning 1-0, thanks to a Charlie Austin header.
However, Brighton fielded only one player who started their previous Premier League fixture against Liverpool in Yves Bissouma.
Let’s start with the Seagulls, they have no fresh injury concerns and have been boosted by the return of Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo to training during the international break, after they both recovered from injury.
Andone will play in an U23’s game for Brighton tonight against West Ham U23’s at The Amex. Izquierdo will not be playing for the U23’s as he has only returned to training this week, but will be pushing Solly March to start on the left wing on Monday night.
Here’s how Brighton should lineup- Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross and Murray.
Then we have Brighton’s host on Monday, Southampton, who unlike Brighton have injury concerns ahead of Monday’s game.
There are concerns over whether Charlie Austin and Shane Long will be playing having not trained over the international break. They will be assessed over the weekend ahead of the game on Monday.
Here’s how Southampton should lineup- McCarthy, Bertrand, Hoedt, Vestergaard, Soares, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Elyounoussi, Austin/ Gabbiadini depending on the fitness of Austin and Ings.
Ings and Murray will be key to how both sides perform
There will be two English strikers in the clash on Monday who will be looking to pick up where they left off before the international break.
Firstly for Southampton you have on loan striker Danny Ings, who is back to scoring and playing after years of being struck with terrible injuries. Ings has scored two goals in Saints opening four games.
Having watched him playing in Southampton’s defeat to Everton, he looks to be back to the Danny Ings we all know, with serious pace and a poachers instinct.
On the opposite side of the pitch to him, will be Brighton’s Glenn Murray. Murray has three goals to his name this season and bagged a brace in Brighton’s last game against Fulham.
With Murray turning 35 at the end of this month he is still banging in the goals at the highest level and has now scored 97 goals for Brighton over two spells.
This has made him the third highest scorer in the club’s history. If he scores two more goals he will become Brighton record post-war scorer.
Monday’s game will be a tight one with both sides looking to get back up and running after the international break with a win, but the score that comes to mind for me is a Brighton win on the road which is rare and a 3-1 win at that.