Albion came back from behind to take a point at Leicester, taking their points from losing positions total to 11 this season. Only West Ham (12) have more, and only in the 2019/20 season (12) have the Albion recovered more points from matches. Sunday’s result means Albion have lost just once on the road all season – only Manchester City are able to match that total.
Brighton’s Premier League away record this season:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) January 24, 2022
11 games (W3, D7, L1)
16 points won (7th most in PL)
13 goals scored
12 goals conceded (4th best defence)
2 clean sheets
Hyper turq.💠#BHAFC pic.twitter.com/w59IgCEwB7
Despite having more wins (6) than losses (4) this Premier League season, Graham Potter’s side have spent almost double the length of time in losing positions (639 minutes) than winning positions (347 minutes). Brighton’s 12 draws are the most in the Premier League and across Europe’s top five leagues this season, with Albion one of just 15 sides across the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga to have lost fewer than five games – for perspective, Brighton have as many losses as Barcelona (4) and fewer than Juventus (5).
An uncanny ability to dominate and create late on in games has undoubtedly been the key to success for the Albion. They have already bettered their final 15-minute goals totals from three out of four previous Premier League campaigns, having netted nine in 22 games so far this season – only in the 2019/20 season (12) did they score more in this time frame.
Brighton’s average shot quality (0.13xG/shot) in the closing stages (last 15 minutes) has only ever been better in the 2019/20 campaign (and marginally at that – 0.14xG/shot), though this season they boast a personal best in shot conversion rate (15.8%) and joint-best total in terms of goal difference (+6) in the final 15 minutes of games. Across the Premier League, only Manchester City (2) have conceded fewer goals in this time period and no non ‘big-six’ side have a better final 15 minutes goal difference than the Seagulls.
Brighton in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) January 23, 2022
57 shots taken
9 goals scored from 7.2xG
15.7% shot conversion rate
Just 3 goals conceded
11 points earned with goals scored in this time frame. ⏰#BHAFC #LEIBHA pic.twitter.com/usDyTcSYqN
In the second half against Leicester, Brighton outpassed (264 to 131), outshot (10 to 4) and outcrossed (20 to 5) the hosts, evidence of a dominant attacking display, despite being a goal down. Across the full game, Albion’s pass accuracy (82.1%), touches in the opposition box (39) and shots on target (5) were the best totals of any non ‘big-six’ club in a fixture this game week, which included opponents Leicester.
Leicester City 1-1 Brighton: Brighton come from behind to take a point, while Leicester only attempted one shot after scoring 26 seconds into the second half. pic.twitter.com/hBbrxrOwED— The Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) January 23, 2022
It was from a cross that the equaliser arrived, too as Danny Welbeck headed home his third of the season (all three have been headers) from a Neal Maupay cross – the first time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal. The Seagulls rank fifth in the league this season for successful open-play crosses into the opposition box (49).
Maupay has undoubtedly been at the centre of the late Brighton shows this season, having netted late equalisers at Burnley, West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace, in addition to crossing for the levellers at home to the Eagles and most recently at the King Power on Sunday. Only Marcus Rashford (4) has more goals than Maupay (3) in the final 15 minutes of games this season, with the Frenchman having netted three goals from just eight attempts in this time.
Neal Maupay versus Leicester City - ranked against Brighton players:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) January 24, 2022
🥇 15 final third pressures
🥇 10 progressive passes received
🥈 8 touches in opposition box
🥈 6 shot-creating actions
Another equaliser created. 🇫🇷 #BHAFC #LEIBHA pic.twitter.com/OpWuuBsTdy
Neal Maupay versus West Brom:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) January 8, 2022
120 minutes played
24 passes completed
6 fouls won
4 shots (2 on target)
1 goal scored
5 goal involvements in his last 6 appearances. 🇫🇷 #BHAFC #WBABHA #FACup pic.twitter.com/C4Da8k7f0m
Combined, Albion’s substitutes this season have eight goal involvements (4 goals, 4 assists); Alexis Mac Allister and Tariq Lamptey stand out further for their additional impact on team performance – the Argentine (9) and Englishman (7) are two of Brighton’s most three used substitutes this season, and Brighton boast their best xG differences (created minus conceded) with the pair on-field.
Against Leicester, Lamptey posted Albion’s best totals for dribbles (4) and crosses (6), despite only featuring for the final half an hour – nine of Albion’s 14 shots came with Lamptey on the field.
Tariq Lamptey (‘00) versus Leicester City:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) January 24, 2022
29 minutes played (27 touches)
11 progressive carries + dribbles
4/6 pressures successful
4 progressive passes received
3 touches in opposition box
2 shot-creating actions
Some impact. ⚡️ #BHAFC #LEIBHA pic.twitter.com/fUiwZ8keNr