Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 33.
It has been a stop-start debut Premier League campaign for Mwepu, but the dynamic midfielder undeniably improves Brighton & Hove Albion and is ready to continue his form at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Adding power, creativity and a goal threat from his box-to-box midfield role, Mwepu provides a welcome attacking dimension for the third-lowest scorers in the division.
In just eight top-flight starts for Brighton, the 24-year-old has provided two goals and four assists, with five of those contributions coming in away matches.
His two goals, both wonderful finishes from outside the box, have come at Anfield and Emirates Stadium, so he should be considered a possible matchwinner at Spurs.
ANOTHER Goal of the Season contender. 🤯 Wow, @EnockMwepu45! 💥 pic.twitter.com/fnUOPBHkte— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) April 9, 2022
It is easy to sing Mwepu's praises in the week after his excellent performance and winning goal in the 2-1 success at Arsenal, but his impact on Graham Potter's team has been consistently strong whenever he has been fit and available.
The Zambia international has a domineering presence and adds valuable strength to Brighton's midfield. He has only been on the losing side once in his eight starts, and just twice in 13 appearances overall.
|2021/22||Mwepu starts||Sub apps||Without Mwepu|
|Ave. goals scored||1.6||1.2||0.5|
|Ave. points earned||1.9||1.6||0.8|
Brighton have collected less than half the number of points without him on average this term (0.8), so it is clear the former RB Salzburg star offers an effective, new dimension.
They also score 1.6 goals per match when Mwepu starts, compared to 0.5 without him.
Mwepu's standout display at Arsenal was even more impressive considering he had been out injured since January.
He won his individual battles with and without the ball, comfortably outshining Emile Smith Rowe.
|Key passes||1||Joint 1st|
If Brighton opt for a man-to-man midfield set-up at Spurs, as they did at Arsenal, Mwepu will likely come up against Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Hojbjerg is a solid defensive player but he will need to track Mwepu's late runs from deep or pass him on to centre-back Ben Davies.
In a team who are not prolific when it comes to scoring goals, the forcefulness and athleticism of Mwepu is a valuable ingredient.
Fellow midfielder Moises Caicedo also shone brightly against Arsenal on his Premier League debut.
The 20-year-old Ecuadorian handled the intensity of the contest with ease and produced an outstanding assist for Mwepu, cutting the ball back from the by-line following a great one-two.
Our latest @PremierLeague debutant. 💫 pic.twitter.com/PFlLW9Brhy— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) April 11, 2022
Caicedo and Mwepu may not be regulars in Brighton's midfield, but they have shown enough to suggest they can cause Spurs problems.
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