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Brighton & Hove Albion-Leicester City Preview
Whilst Leicester City continue their quest to remain among the top four of the Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion are looking to build on a strong showing from their top-flight restart.
These two sides meet Tuesday night behind closed doors at King Power Stadium.
Perhaps there was some rust to shake off from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, but Leicester (16-6-8) felt they deserved better following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Watford in their return to Premier League play.
Ben Chilwell's goal in the 90th minute looked as if Leicester would manage the full three points after ending the stalemate, but the hosts answered three minutes later via Craig Dawson to ultimately share the spoils.
"(We're) disappointed, we dominated the game," midfielder Ryan Maddison told Leicester's official website. "Obviously, the first one back is always going to be strange, a bit ropey, a bit cagey in the first 10 minutes. But listen, it was a good finish in the end. We'll have to take the point and move on to Tuesday."
The Foxes currently sit third in the Premier League table on 54 points, in solid position to earn a Champions League spot. However, they have just two victories over the last nine top-flight contests (2-3-4).
"We're so hungry to do well and secure that Champions League space," Maddison added.
Perhaps a visit from Brighton could bring Leicester back into the win column. The Foxes won 2-0 at Brighton back in late November, thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy.
Brighton are 0-1-4 all-time against Leicester in Premier League play, but the Seagulls are coming off what should be deemed one of the great victories in club history.
On Saturday at home versus Arsenal, Lewis Dunk leveled the match for Brighton with a 75th-minute goal and Neal Maupay won the contest with a stoppage-time score to stun the Gunners and end the Seagulls' 0-6-3 Premier League rut.
Brighton are 15th in the table on 32 points, enough to keep them at arm's length of the drop zone but also feeling good about their prospects going forward.
"You don't play football on the side, you play it on the pitch, and you can see that we are there to fight," manager Graham Potter told the Seagulls' official website. "We know where we are at. We know the margins are small in the Premier League, and you have to turn them in your favour, and that's what I think we saw (Saturday)."
Maupay's goal was his ninth in league play. Vardy, meanwhile, leads the Premier League with 19 goals but has just two in his last nine league contests.
Vardy, though, has scored in four consecutive Premier League matches versus Brighton.
Updated June 21, 2020