Brighton & Hove Albion-Norwich City Preview
Graham Potter insists he pays no attention to rumours after he was linked with the Newcastle United job ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion's clash with Norwich City.
Newcastle were taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium earlier this month, leading to much speculation over the future of Steve Bruce.
Potter, whose Brighton side sit sixth in the Premier League, was one of the names linked with replacing Bruce, though for now the Newcastle boss remains in place.
For his part, however, Potter is ignoring any speculation.
"All it is is opinion. A lot of it is not true. It's just what it is," he said. "I feel a little bit for the supporters because they have to read speculation or they have to read false headlines that aren't correct. But I think most people understand that's just the world we're in.
"It was probably less than a year ago that there was a lot of the opposite noise around whether you're doing a good job, or whether it's time to move on for me, that type of stuff. With football it can change quickly and I don't pay too much attention to the noise from the outside. I don't trust the positive noise that much and I don't get too carried away if it's negative."
Norwich boss Daniel Farke, meanwhile, said Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour, who has been an unused substitute in both of Norwich's last two games, must earn his place on merit.
"There is no pressure (to play them). We are not here to develop players for other clubs, we are here to win points for this club," said Farke. "This is also the challenge our loan players want to have – it is not like they want to play just because we have loaned them and they (parent clubs) want them to play many games."
Norwich City – Teemu Pukki
Norwich earned their first point by holding Burnley to a draw last time out, but they need to start winning games if they are to stand a chance of staying up. Pukki scored 11 goals in his last season in the Premier League, and has two goals from his seven games so far this year.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Leandro Trossard
Trossard has been involved in all three of Brighton's Premier League goals against Norwich, with the Belgian scoring two and assisting the other of their three goals against them in 2019-20.
Norwich defender Ben Gibson has never ended on the winning side in a Premier League match against any of the current 20 teams in the division (P32 D10 L22); all five of his victories have come against sides no longer in the division – Sunderland (x2), Hull City, Swansea City and Bournemouth. He has played more games against the current teams without winning than any other current top-flight player.
After drawing 3-3 against Wolves in their first Premier League game of 2021, Brighton have not conceded more than twice in any of their last 28 league games. Indeed, of ever-present teams in the top-flight, only Chelsea (21) and Manchester City (23) have conceded fewer goals than Brighton (26) this calendar year.
Brighton won 1-0 at Carrow Road in their last away game against Norwich – they have not won back-to-back league visits to the Canaries since October 1926, when the sides competed in the Third Division South.
Norwich's goalless draw against Burnley last time out ended a 16-game losing streak in the Premier League for the Canaries. They have not kept back-to-back clean sheets in the competition since March 2016.
Norwich have failed to score more than once in any of their last 25 Premier League matches, netting just seven goals in total in this run. No side has ever had a longer such run in the competition's history (Sunderland also 25 games between December 2002 and September 2005).
Updated October 15, 2021