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The English Premier League fixture, Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal F.C. kicks off at 17:30 (GMT+1) on Saturday, October 2, at the Falmer Stadium. Referee Jonathan Moss will hold the cards while assistants Marc Perry and Timothy Wood will have the flags. Chris Kavanagh will have the monitors in front of him in the VAR room.
Preview Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League, Oct 2, 2021
Preview A last-gasp effort helped the Seagulls to a 1-1 draw against the Eagles on Matchday 6 at Selhurst Park Stadium. Wilfried Zaha (45+2' P.) marked his 400th appearance for Palace and complemented the statistical milestone with a goal in added time after the first forty-five. Ayew had wasted a clear-cut chance before a dramatic late equalizer in the shape of a lofted effort over Palace's goalkeeper ended up at the back of the net, with the perpetrator being the Seagulls' Neal Maupay (90+5'). The drama continued right after the final whistle in the electric atmosphere as players in both colors stared down at each other, requiring several shirts and a group of officials to calm the nerves. Brighton has the Premier League form: WLWWD, and remain in 6th place, having picked up 13 points after 4W, 1D, & 1L. The Seagulls have an average of 1.33 goals per game so far this season, having scored 8 goals in six Premier League appearances. They let in five goals (0.83 goals conceded per game) and hence have a goal variety of +3. Graham Potter appears to have found the key to unlock the potential of his side after last season's struggles which saw the club in 16th place at the end of last season. On Saturday, he will aim for at least a draw to keep the striped blue patch of three games without a defeat intact when he lines up the 5—4—1 or a similar design to trouble a resurging Arsenal. Adam Webster and Tudor Baluta remain in doubt.
Preview Arsenal Premier League, Oct 2, 2021
Preview Arsenal picked up their biggest win of the season on Matchday 6 in the North-London derby against Spurs at the Emirates Stadium, after putting Tottenham away in a 3-1 win. Emile Smith Rowe (12') gave the Gunners the early lead just after twelve minutes, while Aubameyang (27') doubled the lead fifteen minutes later as the home side took control of the game. Bukayo Saka (34') made it 3-0 for Arsenal before Son (79') got one back for the visitors. Following the win, Arsenal moved to 10th place on the Premier League table, with 9 points after 3W, 0D, & 3L. The Gunners will aim for their fourth consecutive victory of the season, LLWWW, on Saturday when they meet Brighton. Mikel Arteta's 4—2—3—1 formation will see Aubameyang leading once again. According to the latest reports, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will be sidelined for as many as three months having suffered a knee injury. Obviously, it's really bad news personally for Granit, Arteta said in his press conference ahead of Saturday's game. He's a strong man and he will use this time to focus on other things, he added.