Brighton are on course to take this Premier League record off of Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle United

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Brighton are on course to record the most Premier League games in one season
Brighton are on course to record the most Premier League games in one season

Brighton are seven draws away from becoming the club with the most draws ever recorded in a single Premier League season.

The record at the moment is shared by Newcastle (03-04 season), Villa (06-07 and 11-12 season) and Sunderland (14-15 season), who all recorded 17 draws in those specific campaigns.

The 03-04 Newcastle side finished fifth in the league that year on 56 points, recording 13 wins, 17 draws and eight losses. But not long after the end of their season Bobby Robson was sacked. After that, The Magpies slipped into mediocrity and then relegation.

The Villa side of 06-07, managed by Martin O’Neill, recorded 11 wins, 17 draws and 10 losses, which meant they finished in 11th on 50 points. O’Neill didn’t lose his job, however, and the next season he took them up to sixth.

The Villa side of 11-12, managed by Alex McLeish, finished in 16th place on 38 points, two points off of the relegation zone. That side recorded seven wins, 17 draws and 14 losses. McLeish was sacked after that one season he was in charge.

And the Sunderland side of 14-15 finished identical to the 11-12 Villa side. The Mackems, managed by Gus Poyet, recorded seven wins, 17 draws and 14 losses, which put his side in 16th place on 38 points, just three points off the drop. Poyet was sacked after that campaign.

Brighton’s predicted finish

Well, at the rate Potter’s men are going this season they are winning one in five games, drawing around one in two games, and losing one in three games. So with 14 games left of the campaign to play, a good estimate would be to say Brighton have about three wins, seven draws and four losses left to go.

This would leave Albion on 42 points at the end of the season, which would be their best ever Premier League points tally, improving it by one point. And those estimated seven draws would mean they take the crown of Premier League draw specialists.

How have Brighton found themselves in this position?

They’ve been poor in front of goal all season. Albion create so many good chances and work the ball into some great positions but I’m pretty sure they miss one sitter each game.

It’s been the narrative of the season that Albion ‘have won the xG again’, meaning that they’ve created good chances but not capitalised on them, leaving the side with a result which does not reflect their performance.

For all the creativity, pressing and defending the team does, there is no-one to stick the ball in the net regularly and that is how you convert these draws into wins.

Potter said at the start of the season that there was no ‘silver bullet’ out there to fix the problem, instead opting to fix the issue from within but that hasn’t happened. The club has recorded losses of over £60 million due to the Covid crisis, but buying a striker in the next transfer window would be the next tesserae of this Brighton mosaic.

Will Potter suffer the same fate as Robson, McLeish and Poyet?

No, is the simple answer. Potter has had the public backing of the board and is on a contract which keeps him at The Amex until 2025.

It’s a long-term project which has been showing positive signs of what’s to come and what this squad is capable of. The recent wins against Liverpool, Tottenham and Leeds have been particularly impressive and a good example of what Potter is working towards.

Potter has been the topic of conversation in many post-match press conferences with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and recently Jack Grealish praising how good this Brighton side are. There’s no way he’s off as Albion look set for top-flight football again next season.

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