Brighton stunned the football world by finishing second in the Championship, giving them Premier League promotion. This was a significant achievement as Brighton will now be playing in England’s top flight for the first time in 34 years.
Now, the question is whether Brighton have what it takes to maintain their spot in the league. Several bookmakers are making Brighton their favourite for surviving the Premier League. However, there are a couple of things which the Seagulls will have to overcome before the season begins. The two things which would make it difficult for the club to do well are the ageing squad and lack of experience in the league.
There is no doubt that Brighton & Hove Albion have young talent who can play alongside the experienced team members. However, the Premier League is very different from the Championship. It is more physical and fast paced. The star player of Albion, Glenn Murray, will soon be turning 34. A majority of the players are of similar age. Hence, the average age of the club is 27.4.
The team’s skipper will turn 37 in October which means that he might not be able to keep up with the pace of the Premier League. Brighton will have to bring in new talented players with the required stamina and energy for playing on a weekly basis.
Furthermore, only two squad members have had Premier League experience in the past – Liam Rosenior and Steve Sidwell.
We know how tough it is for newbies to survive in the Premier League. Ever since the Premier League started in 1992, 48 teams have joined and played.
It is important to sign established and experienced players, whether on loan or as free agents, if they want to survive in the Premier League.
Nevertheless, it is expected that the team might just do enough to escape the relegation battle.
Here are the reasons why it is worth betting on Brighton to stay up this season
An Experienced Manager
Brighton & Hove Albion were fading before the arrival of Chris Hughton. He resurrected the club which found itself in a relegation battle under Sami Hyypia. The current Albion manager kept the Seagulls up in the 2014/2015 season. In the next season, his team was on the verge of automatic promotion. However, a bad day at the office against Middlesbrough knocked them out.
Hughton maintained his composure and kept the players motivated. Albion were the best all-round team in the Championship last season.
Chris Hughton was unfairly sacked from his last two Premier League jobs, but the board of directors at Brighton know that he is the ideal man for winning the promotion and keeping the team in the top flight league.
Up till now, Hughton has managed 91 Premier League games. Hence, he has the required experience to help Brighton stay up this season.
Revival Of The Fan Base
Chris Hughton has revived the club and its fan base ever since he arrived at the Falmer Stadium. The journey from the Championship relegation battle to Premier League promotion has been amazing for the club. Fans started to rally behind the team from the moment Hughton saved them from relegation.
The chairman of the football club, Tony Bloom, extended all his support and resources to Chris Hughton. Unlike other Championship club owners, he understood that this achievement is not possible in only a season or two. He gave Hughton the time to lay a proper foundation and now they will be playing in England’s top-flight football league.
You might win the jackpot by betting on Brighton to stay up this season as the odds are 8/13.