The Guardian writers’ predicted position 12. (Note: This is not necessarily Ed Aarons’ prediction, but the average of our writers’ picks)
Last season’s placement 9
Odds on the championship title (via Oddschecker) 250-1
Sentiment on the South Coast is understandably upbeat after last season’s record season under the shrewd Graham Potter, although some tinkering may be needed at the Amex. Brighton achieved their all-time top finish (9th), amassed 10 points more (51) than their previous best, scored more goals (42) than ever in the Premier League and – most importantly – finished over Crystal Palace for the first time since his promotion in 2017.
But while the 4-0 win over Manchester United in early May came amid a season-closing purple stain, it was Brighton’s first home win of 2022 as all hopes of European qualification in February and March faded. This time Potter will know that finding a forward capable of scoring more than the nine goals scored by top scorer Neal Maupay will be key to their chances of earning a senior degree.
The loss of Yves Bissouma from the midfield engine room after joining Tottenham and the potential departure of Marc Cucurella – the Spanish left-back who won Player and Player of the Season awards in his debut season – to Manchester City could spell major setbacks be. however. Moisés Caicedo could be a ready-made replacement for Bissouma and Potter will likely have to find other solutions within his existing squad as the only newcomers at the time of writing are winger Simon Adingra and 18-year-old Paraguayan striker Julio Enciso.