Brighton v Norwich - Saturday 15:00
Stop Wes Hoolahan and you stop Norwich. That appeared to be the message from Simon Grayson last weekend after his Preston side inflicted the Canaries’ first home defeat of the season, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Grayson, of course, used to manage the mercurial Irishman back in the day and now Hoolahan comes up against another former boss in Chris Hughton.
The Brighton game plan is unlikely to focus quite as heavily on Hoolahan given the onus on them to take the game to their visitors, but you can rest assured Hughton will have clear ideas about how the Seagulls should operate without the ball. Norwich will probably field five outfield players who were regulars during Hughton’s two-year stint at Carrow Road.
Initially, though, the priority for Albion will be to target weaknesses in the opposition backline and then contain after the interval once any lead has been established. That’s the usual modus operandi at the Amex and there’s value in the Brighton/Brighton half time/full time option at 3/1, a bet they have landed in 14 out of 30 home games since the start of last season.
On top of that, you might also want to consider the first half to be the highest scoring half at 5/2 with Coral. Over the same 30-game sample, that one has copped 16 times. Norwich made sweeping changes for the EFL Cup penalty shootout defeat at Leeds in midweek but that game was a big enough distraction to believe that Brighton might have it their way here.