Preview: Brighton v Brentford

Brighton to beat Boxing Day hoodoo or lucky 13 for Brentford?

23 Dec 2021
Neal Maupay, Brighton
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Brighton are winless in their last 11 Boxing Day league matches (D4 L7) since beating QPR 1-0 in 2005/06. It’s the longest ongoing run without a Boxing Day league win of any side in the top four tiers of English football.

Brentford have lost just one of their last 12 Boxing Day league matches (W7 D4), losing 4-2 at home to Ipswich in 2014/15. The Bees have never lost on 26 December in the top flight (W2 D1), with this their first such fixture since a 2-1 win over Sheffield United in 1946.

Two of Brentford’s five Premier League victories this season have been courtesy of 90th-minute winners, including their win against Watford last time out. The only side to have had more wins thanks to 90th-minute goals in their maiden campaign in the competition is Wigan Athletic (3 in 2005/06).

Neal Maupay is Brighton’s highest scorer in the Premier League this season with six goals. The former Brentford forward has had three occasions where he’s scored in consecutive appearances this term, last scoring in three consecutive matches in October 2020.

Match officials

Referee: Darren England. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Keith Stroud. VAR: John Brooks. Assistant VAR: Adam Nunn.

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