It’s fair to say not many know much about our next opponents Brighton Hove Albion. Even in England there are not many who know who they are aside Connor Goldson formerly playing for them.
So, what can we expect?
I think we will be surprised. They are a good defensive team. Last season they had 16 clean sheets last year, and they had a run of 6 games in which they did not concede a goal.
And this was no fluke. Their management includes technical director Dan Ashworth, who was appointed the FA director of elite development in the year 2012, and he was instrumental in bringing through new talent into the men’s senior team
At Brighton he has changed the team from a defensive low bock to a modern team that passes out from the back.
So, this is going to be a very interesting match, against a team that knows tactics and knows how to play, and can change shape in the middle of the match to counter a difficult opponent.
Typically they use their shape to try to overload the midfield, and it appears they train to try to get a two player advantage in this critical part of the field.
This means it is important to be quick in possession and pass accurately through their lines to break any press and have any chance to score.
Overall their attack was a little bit weak last year, which is why they finished 16th in the league, but in terms of the way they play they should be a solid mid-league team.
To rectify their weak attack this year they have brought in two new center forwards and a left winger.
So, this is going to be a very interesting match…
…and to win this game it will come down to how we manage the midfield.
Of course it is only a friendly but the side wants to be getting up to speed now with only two fixtures left till the serious action starts.