Preview: Brighton vs Southampton

After a sublime Sofiane Boufal solo goal last weekend, Mauricio Pellegrino will be looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time since joining Southampton. 

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But what type of threat do Chris Hughton’s Brighton pose? and what must Southampton do to claim all three points? To get the inside track on our upcoming opponents, we spoke to Scott McCarthy – a Brighton fan and writer for We Are Brighton.

How would you summarise your season so far?

Excellent. Our obvious aim is purely to stay in the division and so far we look on course to do that. We’ve only lost once at home and that was 2-0 to Manchester City which looks like a great result given their recent form. And of course last week we won our first away game, hammering West Ham 3-0. So it’s all pretty rosy at the minute.

Who do you expect to be your key man this year?

We’ve only got three senior strikers and only Glenn Murray of those has any Premier League experience so scoring goals might be a problem. That means keeping them out is vital and Lewis Dunk at the heart of defence has been superb so far. He can’t be far away from an England call up and he is certainly destined for bigger and better things.

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What would make for a successful season?

Being in the Premier League next season

Which player has surprised you most by truly stepping up this season?

He may be an Albion legend but our captain Bruno looked like he might struggle. He’s 36 years old and coming up against some of the wide players in the Premier League looked like it might be a challenge too far. But no, his legs show no signs of going and he is playing as well as ever.

How do teams get the most joy out of your defence?

Dunk and Shane Duffy would head a brick if it was thrown in the air in front of them and they have blocked virtually everything this season. The only way around them seems to be with tricky, quick players and even then they have to be something special in the mould of Gabriel Jesus, Alexis Sanchez or, er, Jordon Ibe.

You’re stranded on a desert island and can only be joined by one Seagulls player; who’s it going to be?

Casper Ankergen as you know he doesn’t travel anywhere without 20 Marlboro Lights and a supply of coffee.

Which Southampton player would you take to join your side?

We’re short of strikers and Charlie Austin always scores against us, so if we had him at least it would guarantee him not netting for the opposition.

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As an outsider looking in, which Brighton player would help to improve Pellegrino’s Saints most?

Lewis Dunk is easily our best player. You could have him for £40m of the £60m you’ll get for Virgil van Dijk.

And finally, what do you think the score will be this Sunday

I never ever predict a Brighton win so there is absolutely no doubt in mind that Southampton will win now I’ve said this, but…. 2-1 to the Albion

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