​Brighton & Hove Albion host surprise package Sheffield United in the Premier League at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


It's been a fantastic start to the season for both sides, particularly for top tier new boys Sheffield United who have been led to seventh position in the table by manager Chris Wilder after 17 matches.

Brighton meanwhile are in 13th, five points behind their opposition, with Graham Potter's men unfortunate not to take all three points against rivals Crystal Palace on Monday.


The Seagulls have often dominated games with very little reward whereas the Blades have taken nearly every opportunity that has arisen, as portrayed by their incredible current league position.


Here's 90min's preview of Saturday's clash.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Saturday 21 December
What Time Is Kick Off?​15.00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played?​Amex Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream?​BBC Sport Final Score/BT Sport Score
Referee?​Robert Jones

Team News

Aaron Connolly

​Brighton will be hoping to welcome the return of youngster Aaron Connolly to the bench, maybe even as a starter, as he continues his recovery from a dead leg.


Midfield duo Solly March (groin) and José Izquierdo (knee) remain sidelined with long-term injuries but they are well equipped for such absences, with the likes of Steven Alzate and Dan Burn proving their versatility this season.


John Fleck, who scored both goals in last weekend's 2-0 victory over ​Aston Villa, is suspended while Callum Robinson is a doubt with illness. Otherwise, it's a clean bill of health for Chris Wilder and the Blades.


Predicted Lineups

BrightonRyan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Groß, Stephens, Pröpper, Mooy, Trossard; Maupay.
Sheffield United​Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Freeman, Stevens; McGoldrick, Mousset.

Stat Centre


Sheffield United have the chance to emulate a Clarets vintage at the Amex Stadium. Only once before has a newly promoted team gone unbeaten in their opening nine away fixtures in the top flight - that coming all the way back in the 1947/48 season when Burnley achieved the feat.


The Blades face a tough task, though, with Brighton unbeaten in their past three Premier League matches, their longest streak without a loss since a run of five in March 2018. And here is one for the historians: this fixture marks the first between the sides in the top flight, with all 24 previous encounters taking place in the second tier. 


Head to Head Record

Michael Tongue

There's not actually an awful lot to divide these two sides when it comes to their history head to head.


Brighton and ​Sheffield United have only met on 27 occasions in history, the first match-up in January 1922 ending in a 2-1 Albion victory, and the most recent a 3-1 win for Sheffield United in the Championship during the 2005/06 campaign.


The Blades just about edge this historic battle, however, as they have 12 wins to their name compared to the Seagulls' nine. There has been nothing to split them in the remaining six meetings.


Recent Form

John Fleck,John Lundstram

It is Saturday's visitors that are currently enjoying the superior form as the Blades have only lost one of their last ten ​Premier League fixtures - a shock 2-0 defeat to ​Newcastle United - winning four and drawing the remaining five games in this period.


Brighton on the other hand have struggled to pick up a great deal of points in recent weeks, winning just one of their last six, losing three and drawing the other two.


Their performances have warranted far greater but something has to click in attack in order for them to move up the league standings.

Neal Maupay's form -with three goals in his last three league appearances - has brought a spark back to Potter's side, but they must focus on becoming more clinical if they desire any sort of real progression.


Here's each of their last five results.


BrightonSheffield United
​Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton (16/12)​Sheffield United 2-0 Aston Villa (14/12)
​Brighton 2-2 Wolves (8/12)​Norwich 1-2 Sheffield United (8/12)
Arsenal 1-2 Brighton (5/12)​​Sheffield United 0-2 Newcastle (5/12)
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton (30/11)​​Wolves 1-1 Sheffield United (1/12)
​Brighton 0-2 Leicester (23/11)​Sheffield United 3-3 Manchester United (24/11)

Prediction

Lewis Dunk

On one hand you have a Brighton side who have struggled for goals but also consistently impressed with performances. On the other, well, a Sheffield United side that have performed above expectation week-in, week-out.


Chris Wilder's side have been particularly impressive away from home, but Albion are fantastic on home soil, as proved by victories over Everton and Tottenham at the Amex this season.


Both sides will give it their all but this is likely to be a stalemate.


Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United