Graham Potter’s Brighton eye top spot in the league, but Crystal Palace is out to stop the seagulls

Graham Potter’s Brighton are set to shake up the Premier League as they try to get TOP of the table – but rivals Crystal Palace are out to stop Seagulls

  • Brighton could top the table on Monday with a win against Crystal Palace
  • The Seagulls are in good form, with four wins and a five-game draw
  • Patrick Vieira Is Determined To Stop Them As He Wants To Destroy Neal Maupay
  • Maupay has three goals in five games after a difficult time last season











Brighton and their much-admired manager Graham Potter could shake up the Premier League on Monday night by top of the table if they beat bitter rivals Crystal Palace.

Still, Palace coach Patrick Vieira is determined to stop them and will ask his players to destroy a striker he believes is one of the most dangerous players.

Neal Maupay has scored three goals in five games and has been barely productive in his first two Premier League seasons, with ten and then eight goals.

Graham Potter’s Brighton could top the table with a win over rivals Crystal Palace

Eagles manager Vieira claims the way Maupay has improved should be a lesson to others, including his £14m capture for Odsonne Edouard.

“It’s not just Edouard (for whom Maupay can be an example),” Vieira said. Maupay’s experience over the years also shows his determination.

‘He’s a tough guy who works hard. He believed in himself and today he gets all the rewards of hard work. It was a challenge, but he never gave up. Today he is recognized as one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League.”

Neal Maupay has scored three goals in five games and Patrick Vieira has praised the striker

Neal Maupay has scored three goals in five games and Patrick Vieira has praised the striker

Edouard, signed from Celtic, hasn’t started too badly himself with two goals off the bench on his debut against Tottenham, but it’s still early.

Meanwhile, Potter believes the warrior-like qualities of club great Shane Duffy fit perfectly into the hostile environment of a visit to Palace. Centre-back Duffy appeared redundant at Amex Stadium last season after being loaned out to Celtic.

But the Republic of Ireland international is back in favor and has always been present during Brighton’s impressive start to the campaign.

Shane Duffy (right) has played a vital role in Brighton's excellent start to the season

Shane Duffy (right) has played a vital role in Brighton’s excellent start to the season

The 29-year-old, who helped the Seagulls win promotion in 2017 and then established themselves on the top flight, will continue his resurgence at Selhurst Park, with head coach Potter looking for a first win over Palace on the fifth question. .

“He’s a legend – everyone loves him at the club,” Potter said. “He’s a great guy, a great character. Everyone is happy that he is back, that he is playing and enjoying his football.

“As a person, he’s someone you want in your corner, no matter where you are. He supports the team, he supports the boys on the field. He’s a fighter, he’s a warrior. You want to have those guys with you in hostile environments and Selhurst Park on a Monday night is one of those things.”

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