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  1. Tuesday talking point: Brighton just get on with itpublished at 12:30

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    Covid-19 postponements have dominated the newsreels recently. From the north London derby postponement to the mystery surrounding the League Cup semi-final at Liverpool, there seems to be some cloak and dagger business around.

    Criticism has flowed, at times making English football look a little farcical. And yet through it all, Brighton have continued to fulfil their fixtures.

    Both Graham Potter and his assistant Billy Reid tested positive for Covid-19 in the 48 hours leading up to the Leicester game. Captain Lewis Dunk and vice-captain Adam Lallana were ruled out injured. How many other clubs would have played a tough away fixture without their management or senior on-pitch leadership team?

    Brighton, meanwhile, just got on with it. Bjorn Hamberg – a man who looks like a Swedish rockstar rather than a football coach – took charge. The Albion did not appear to miss Potter or Reid, scoring yet another late equaliser to take an impressive draw – and they have still only lost four games this season.

    The fact Brighton could go to Leicester without their manager or assistant – and missing Dunk, Lallana, Yves Bissouma, Shane Duffy and Enock Mwepu – and be one outrageous Kasper Schmeichel save away from winning the game is testament to the structure in place.

    Whenever somebody is absent, be it management team or key player, there is somebody ready and waiting to step in. It is succession-planning of the highest order, giving Brighton a set-up that can ensure 2021-22’s impressive campaign is not a one-off - even in the event that big-name players or Potter himself moves on.

    Another reminder of how bright the future looks at the Amex right now.

  2. Bissouma situation 'really intriguing'published at 11:33

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    The future of Yves Bissouma is "really intriguing", according to The Telegraph's Luke Edwards, with Newcastle reportedly preparing a bid for the Brighton midfielder.

    Bissouma has 18 months left on his contract at the Amex and appears unwilling to sign an extension, leading to suggestions Graham Potter may be willing to cash in.

    "I haven't heard his name mentioned at Newcastle but I suspect they've been encouraged by the contract situation," Edwards said on the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast.

    "Brighton have a decision to make. If they sell him now, they will get top whack for him - but if they let it run another six months, they will get less.

    "I think they could be tempted if a bid of £40m or £50m is tabled."

    Newcastle fans, what do you think of Bissouma? Who should the Magpies be chasing? Get involved

    Brighton supporters, should you take the money and let Bissouma leave? Who should come in instead? Let us know

    Listen to all today's transfer gossip on BBC Sounds

  3. VAR standards in Premier League 'not good enough'published at 10:34

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    Former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards says VAR in the Premier League is "a shambles" after Liverpool's controversial penalty against Crystal Palace.

    Referee Kevin Friend was advised to go to the monitor and overturn his decision not to award a foul on Diogo Jota by Palace keeper Vicente Guaita.

    VAR has come under increased scrutiny recently after the pattern of referees heading to the monitor and subsequently changing their decision, a situation Richards says is untenable.

    "We've seen VAR used well but the standard in the Premier League is just not good enough," he said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club.

    "I've always tried to be protective of players and referees, but that was one of the worst decisions this season.

    "When you slow something down, it becomes a completely different incident.

    "It's a shambles at the moment."

    Has VAR got worse? Let us know what you think by following your club link over here

    Listen to full discussion on Premier League refereeing from 32'47 on BBC Sounds

  4. Your thoughts on Brighton's transfer windowpublished at 17:36 24 January

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    There's one week to go until the transfer window closes and we've been asking for your thoughts on Brighton so far - who should Graham Potter buy, sell or keep?

    Here are some of your views so far:

    John: Brighton have an abundance of defenders and midfielders, and excellent talent in both the academy and out on loan. So what’s missing? For three seasons fans have called for a big-impact striker who can be called on when chances being provided by the two best wing-backs in the Premier League are going begging.

    Lawrence: All Brighton need to do is invest in a first-class striker. They play some of the best football I’ve seen this season. Strong at the back, and in midfield too, but lack that one clinical finisher. If they had a Sterling or Salah they would be in Europe no doubt!

    Roy: Why have Brighton not attempted to buy a forward? They are constantly finishing games with superior shots but just can't finish. For example, Palace had four shots and Brighton had 19 - and yet again, as in previous games, they can’t finish. They annoyingly carry on with two strikers who score the odd goal, and the club think this is enough.

    Ivor: Hardly rocket science, but Brighton clearly need reinforcements up front. Maupay is having a good season but has not always been consistent and, of course, could get injured and Welbeck, who is more a natural winger than a striker, is very injury-prone. They don’t have to spend £50 million but they do have to spend.

    Do you want to see some movement before the window closes? Have your say here

  5. 'We fight until the end'published at 10:01 24 January

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  6. Welbeck your star man in Leicester drawpublished at 09:38 24 January

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    You voted Danny Welbeck as your man of the match in our Player Rater as Brighton held Leicester to a draw at King Power Stadium.

    The forward, who had only been introduced as a 62nd-minute substitute, scored a powerful header with eight minutes remaining to earn a point on the road.

    Read the match report and see how all the players rated

  7. Leicester 1-1 Brighton: Pick of the statspublished at 08:31 24 January

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    • Leicester remain unbeaten at home to Brighton in the Premier League (W3 D2), with their only top-flight defeat at home to the Seagulls coming back in December 1980.

    • Following defeat by Spurs and a draw here, Leicester have failed to win consecutive Premier League games in which they scored the opening goal for the first time since January 2020 (1-2 v Southampton and Burnley).

    • Meanwhile, Brighton have only lost one of their 11 away games in the Premier League this season (W3 D7), a joint-low alongside Manchester City.

    • Leicester’s opener after 45 minutes and 26 seconds was the quickest goal scored in the second half of a Premier League game since February 2020, when Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted at 45:24 against Everton.

    • Brighton striker Danny Welbeck has scored in both Premier League meetings with Leicester this season, while he has only netted more total goals against Aston Villa (5) than he has against the Foxes (4) in the competition.

  8. Foxes hold on as resilient Brighton score late yet againpublished at 07:42 24 January

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    Tom Mallows, BBC Sport

    Brendan Rodgers struck an upbeat tone in the build-up to this game and said his Leicester players would "get up and fight again" despite the crushing nature of their midweek defeat by Tottenham, which saw them concede two goals in stoppage time.

    However, despite a bright start the Foxes were nervously hanging on in the closing stages, with that Spurs defeat likely fresh in their minds.

    In the end they had Kasper Schmeichel to thank for preserving a point. The Denmark international made two stunning stops to deny Danny Welbeck and Leandro Trossard either side of the equaliser.

    Brighton were second best for large parts of this game but their resilience paid off, with Welbeck's goal the eighth time they have scored in the final 10 minutes of a Premier League game this season.

    It is also the 12th time the Seagulls have drawn in the top flight and extends their unbeaten run to six games, with a top-10 finish and challenge for the European places now looking likely.

  9. Leicester 1-1 Brighton - Hamberg reactionpublished at 17:02 23 January

    Brighton first team coach Bjorn Hamberg to BBC Sport, with head coach Graham Potter and assistant Billy Reid both away with Covid: "It's not been normal. With Graham going down first, already you prepare a bit different. I never expected Billy to pick it up the next day.

    "The last couple of years you never know what tomorrow looks like. It comes down to the players and they've done what they always do.

    "I think the players executed everything they were supposed to do.

    "Before we left we had a Zoom call with the players then when we got here, he had a link of the game and we spoke to him at half-time.

    "We said all long we need a good squad, not a starting 11. It comes down to players being adaptable and ready and hungry.

    "I thought Leicester were better first half, we think 0-0 at half-time is good for us. I thought we'd have a reaction second half and that was nice to see. It felt as the game went on we could've nicked it but they could've been 1-0 up at half-time.

    "I'm so happy to hand it back to Graham now!"

  10. Follow Leicester v Brighton live published at 13:10 23 January

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    We're bringing you live text commentary of Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, plus the rest of Sunday's Premier League fixtures.

    Follow all the action here

    You'll be able to catch up with all the post-match reaction on this page after full-time.

  11. Leicester v Brighton - confirmed team newspublished at 13:10 23 January

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    James Justin makes his first Leicester start in nearly a year. The full-back made his comeback as a substitute in midweek after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Daniel Amartey returns following Ghana’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, while Harvey Barnes is also recalled.

    Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Soyuncu, Amartey, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka, Lookman.

    Subs: Ward, Albrighton, Perez, Choudhury, Vestergaard, Daley-Campbell, Soumare, McAteer, Brunt.

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    Brighton make two changes from the midweek draw against Chelsea with Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard coming in for Danny Welbeck and Tariq Lamptey.

    Lewis Dunk and Adam Lallana are among the substitutes.

    Seagulls head coach Graham Potter has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the game, with assistant Billy Reid taking charge.

    Brighton XI: Sanchez, Veltman, Webster, Burn, Cucurella, Alzate , Gross, Mac Allister, Trossard, Moder, Maupay.

    Subs: Scherpen, Lamptey, Dunk, Lallana, Welbeck, March, Caicedo, Roberts, Leonard.

  12. Lawro's predictions: Leicester v Brightonpublished at 18:00 21 January

    Mark Lawrenson takes on singer and Chelsea fan Call Me Loop in the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 2-1

    Brighton just keep pulling results - and late goals - out of the hat. Graham Potter is doing an excellent job as manager, and it is clear that they are a well-run club from top to bottom.

    Leicester's last-gasp defeat against Tottenham on Wednesday was just crazy, really, but it sums up their up-and-down season.

    The Foxes' sequence of league results in their 10 games since the end of October - LDLWDLWLWL - has not seen them get the same outcome in two successive games, so I am going to follow that pattern and predict them to win this one.

    Call Me Loop's prediction: Brighton have been a bit annoying for Chelsea in the past few weeks. They frustrated us twice and I am going for another draw here. 1-1

    Find out how Lawro and Call Me Loop think the rest of the weekend's fixtures will go

  13. Leicester v Brighton: Team newspublished at 17:13 21 January

    Daniel Amartey and Shane Duffy

    Daniel Amartey is back to strengthen Leicester City's defensive options this weekend in the wake of Ghana's early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has recovered after needing to be replaced during the defeat by Tottenham because of cramp.

    Brighton head coach Graham Potter has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the game.

    Shane Duffy and Adam Lallana are definitely ruled out for the Seagulls.

    Would you pick Amartey? Choose your Foxes XI

    Who makes your Seagulls XI?

  14. Business as usual for Brighton in Potter's absencepublished at 14:49 21 January

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    Billy Reid said Brighton will try to keep things as familiar as possible for Sunday's trip to Leicester City, despite manager Graham Potter testing positive for Covid-19.

    The 58-year-old, who will take charge of the team at King Power Stadium on Sunday, was full of praise for Potter after working alongside him since 2013.

    When asked how Potter will influence the game while isolating at home, Reid said: “We’re not too sure how that will work yet, but I will certainly be linked up to him.

    “Graham had a rough night last night and tested positive this morning, so he didn’t take training.

    “I was a manager in Scotland for eight years so I know what to expect. Nothing will change too much, we’ll try and keep things normal.

    "I never had to do it [fill in for Potter] in Swansea but I did in Sweden, so it is a bit of deja vu. I think we won one and lost one.

    "Obviously, this is the Premier League so it is a big step up - but I have worked alongside Graham for almost nine years.

    "I knew from my first impression that he was a real thinker of football. His man management of players is fantastic. It has been a real learning curve for me too."

  15. Reid on Potter, turning draws into wins and Leicesterpublished at 13:24 21 January

    Ellie Thomason, BBC Sport

    With Graham Potter testing positive for Covid, assistant boss Billy Reid has been speaking to the media before Brighton's match at Leicester City on Sunday.

    Here is what he had to say:

    • Graham Potter had a "rough night" and tested positive for Covid this morning. He missed Friday's training session and is now isolating.

    • Reid said "nothing will change too much" on Sunday and they will try to keep things as normal, with Potter linking up from home.

    • Shane Duffy and Adam Lallana are ruled out, but Lewis Dunk has a chance to feature.

    • On drawing with Chelsea again, Reid said the players are in a good place because "there was belief we could beat Chelsea but going behind and coming back was commendable".

    • Reid said "we've made ourselves hard to beat in the last six or seven games" and he is confident that if performances keep improving, draws will turn into wins.

    • On Leicester, Reid said they will be hurting from their defeat by Tottenham and "will be dangerous".

    • He added that Brighton have to be at their best because Leicester are a top side.

    Follow all of Friday's Premier League news conferences on our live page here

  16. Everton 'have to go for Potter'published at 08:59 21 January

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    Former Everton midfielder Don Hutchison says Everton "have to go for Graham Potter" to replace sacked boss Rafael Benitez - but doubts linger over whether the Brighton head coach would want to come to Goodison Park.

    "He has to be the number-one choice," Hutchison told BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast. "With his coaching ability and the human way he manages players, he could get Everton into the top 10 in a short space of time.

    "Over a three-year period, think about what he could do with the sort of money Farhad Moshiri is willing to pay."

    Fellow pundit Chris Sutton agreed on Potter's ability, but criticised the process at Everton.

    "Potter is a brilliant builder of football teams," said the former Premier League striker. "But why would you want to leave a stable club and go to Everton?

    "There have been some really odd goings-on there with no real thought process."

    Hutchison also criticised reports linking the Toffees with a move for Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro: "I'm stunned at that story. What has he done to warrant a move to Everton?"

    Who should replace Benitez? Let us know here

    Listen to full discussion on Everton from 26'34 on BBC Sounds

  17. Brighton v Leicester: Head-to-headpublished at 16:04 20 January

    Brighton v Leicester head-to-head. Wins: Brighton 1, Leicester 6. Goals: Brighton 5, Leicester 15. Clean Sheets: Brighton 1, Leicester 5.
  18. Get the edge on your fantasy football rivals this weekendpublished at 15:10 20 January

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    Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave are back for your weekly dose of fantasy football advice in the Fantasy 606 podcast.

    This week they discuss all the "luck" around at the moment due to postponements in the Premier League, as well as if Aston Villa players could be the way forward for your fantasy team.

    Remember, the deadline for this week is 18:30 GMT on Friday.

    Listen to the full episode on BBC Sounds

  19. Leicester v Brighton: What the form showspublished at 14:03 20 January

    Leicester v Brighton form - past five games. Leicester: L Tottenham (h), W Watford (h), W Liverpool (h), L Man City (a), L Liverpool (a). Brighton: D Chelsea (h), D Crystal Palace (h), W West Brom (a), W Everton (a), D Chelsea (a)
    • Leicester have only lost three of their 17 home league games against Brighton (won 11, drawn three), most recently a 4-1 loss in April 2014.

    • Brighton’s 2-1 victory over Leicester at the Amex earlier this season was their first ever Premier League win against the Foxes. They’re looking to do the league double against them for just the third time, previously doing so in 1980-81 and 2013-14.

    • Brighton have scored four goals in their two meetings with Leicester in all competitions this season, more than they’d scored against the Foxes in their previous nine meetings combined between 2017 and 2021 (3).

    • Brighton have lost just one of their 10 Premier League away games so far this season (W3 D6) – no side has lost fewer on the road than the Seagulls.