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GOAL! Brighton 3-2 Leicester (Mac Allister 47)

What a strike from Alexis Mac Allister!

46 min Peep peep! Brighton begin the second half. Timothy Castagne has replaced Harvey Barnes for Leicester, which might mean a switch to 3-5-2.

Watch Patson Daka’s equaliser

Half-time reading

Half time: Brighton 2-2 Leicester

Peep peep! A richly entertaining half comes to an end. Leicester took the lead after 51 seconds, were battered for half an hour – during which time they went 2-1 down – and then equalised against the run of play. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

45+2 min After a bit of pinball in the Leicester area, Gross guides a clever header back to Caicedo in the D. He belts the bouncing ball high and wide.

45 min Three minutes of added fun.

45 min Trossard’s floated cross is headed wide by March, arriving late at the far post. In fact, replays show it came off his shoulder as he jumped into a crowd of players.

42 min: Chance for Leicester! Maddison’s pass towards Justin is intercepted by Trossard but the ball bounces nicely for Barnes just inside the area. He hammers a first-time shot that is beaten away by Sanchez. It was well struck but too close ot the keeper.

41 min “There’s something pleasingly asymmetrical about the way Potter has set Brighton up,” says Kári Tulinius. “The lines are never predictable, it reminds me a bit of the old Italian zona mista. France at the 2018 World Cup had some of that legacy, though they were more defensive.”

40 min The second corner is half cleared to Mwepu, who shoots well wide from distance.

39 min Gross’s inswinging corner is flapped behind for another by Ward, who almost ran past the ball. He looks pretty nervous.

37 min A Brighton corner finds its way through to Dunk, whose shot from the edge of the area is blocked by one of his own team-mates.

34 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Stephen Carr. “In response to your observation about Brighton’s bonkers formation, I reckon Brendon is absolutely fuming that he’s been ‘Out-Rodgersed’ by Graham Potter (a man who looks like he runs a Paul Weller fan club).”

Brendan Rodgers brought in two centre-forwards to replace Jamie Vardy, and they have both scored. Tielemans lofted a superb long pass that was missed by the stretching Dunk, which allowed Daka to run through on goal. He took a couple of touches and finished emphatically past the outrushing Sanchez.

GOAL! Brighton 2-2 Leicester (Daka 33)

Leicester equalise out of nothing!

Patson Daka of Leicester City scores.
Patson Daka of Leicester City scores. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Leicester City’s Patson Daka celebrates scoring their second goal.
Leicester City’s Patson Daka celebrates scoring their second goal. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

31 min Ward makes a good save with his legs to deny Gross, though it wouldn’t have counted as he was offside.

29 min: Just over from Welbeck! Leicester are all over the place. Ward takes too long over a backpass from Ndidi and is robbed by Welbeck. The touch takes Welbeck very wide on the left, but he retrieves the ball and floats a chip over Ward and onto the roof of the net. Ward and Ndidi have a brief slanging match, with Ward snarling “eff off” at the precise moment the camera homes in on him.

28 min March cuts inside from the left before shooting high and wide from 25 yards. Games chance quickly, we know that, but at the moment Brighton are well on top. Leicester look mentally weary.

27 min The Brighton system is fascinating – as far as I can tell*, they are essentially playing with a midfield diamond and wing-backs. But Gross in particular is very flexible; at times he’s almost playing as a second right wing-back.

26 min “Strange goalkeeping by Ward on the second goal,” says Rob Jacques. “At the moment Caceido struck his shot, the goalkeeper turned his head away and seemed to be guarding an area about a foot outside his near post…”

Oh yes, I see what you mean. Not sure he’d have saved it anyway, mind you.

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It is raining goals at the Amex! Moisés Caicedo has turned this game on its head. We’ve only played 15 minutes… 😮 pic.twitter.com/3ndZ78CBWr

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25 min “Poor Fantasy Football decisions, you say?” wails Matt Dony. “I took Bailey out, assuming City would give Villa a good going over. Left Coutinho in on the off chance, though. Brilliant. Mind you, I had Leicester finishing in 7th in my pre-season predictions, so what do I know?”

24 min Leicester look like they are suffering from a serious case of deja vu. It’s been all Brighton since they equalised.

23 min Caicedo and Evans are fine, and play resumes.

21 min Welbeck’s shot on the turn is crucially blocked by Ndidi, and then there’s a clash of heads between Caicedo and Evans. Both are down and receiving treatment.

20 min Mac Allister’s free-kick hits the wall.

18 min Maddison fouls Welbeck 25 yards from goal. Leicester have looked rattled since the equaliser.

16 min Here’s that Brighton equaliser from Luke Thomas.

𝐁𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐎𝐍 𝐇𝐈𝐓 𝐁𝐀𝐂𝐊! 🔵⚪

Solly March heads it back across goal and it ends up in the Leicester net. Game On. 🚨 pic.twitter.com/G8smnFJuVJ

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The goal stemmed from a mistake by Maddison, whose poor pass was intercepted by Mwepu on the halfway line. He ran away from Maddison and kept going all the way to the edge of the D as the Leicester defence backpedalled. Then he flicked the ball to his right to find Caicedo, who took a touch and rammed the ball past Ward.

GOAL! Brighton 2-1 Leicester (Caicedo 15)

One-nil down, 2-1 up!

Brighton & Hove Albion's Moises Caicedo scores their second goal.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo scores their second goal. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters

14 min March beats Thomas neatly and drives a very deep cross that is headed into the ground by Welbeck and collected by the keeper Ward.

13 min Maddison produdes a lovely bit of skill to beat Mac Allister, who brings him down and is booked. Actually, looking at the replay, Maddison might have engineered the contact.

12 min I’ve got Trossard in my team an’ all.

Goal – Own goal (Thomas)
Assist – MARCH

Brighton 1-1 Leicester (10 mins)#FPL #BHALEI

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A long cross from the right found Trossard in space on the left side of the area. He teased a lovely ball back towards the far post, where March’s close-range header hit Thomas and bounced past Ward. I think that will go down as an own goal as March’s header didn’t appear to be on target.

GOAL! Brighton 1-1 Leicester (Thomas og 10)

I think this is an own goal.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Solly March scores their first goal.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Solly March scores their first goal via a deflection. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters

10 min Here’s the opening goal from Iheanacho.

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Kelechi Iheanacho fires Leicester ahead inside the first minute! 🦊 pic.twitter.com/G9g6yRomzr

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9 min Nothing comes of the corner. Not a thing.

8 min Iheanacho cuts inside from the right, dummies to shoot a couple of times and then does hit a low shot that deflects behind for a corner. Leicester look bright and breezy in attack.

4 min The free-kick is laid off to March, whose low shot hits a team-mate, Welbeck I think, and goes well wide.

3 min A dodgy pass from Ward is nicked by March, who is tripped this far outside the area by Thomas. He’s booked.

2 min Well that’s buggered a few fantasy teams. I was just about to say that Brighton’s formation looks like a 3-1-4-1-1, Leicester’s closer to 4-4-2.

Brighton (3-1-4-1-1) Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; Mac Allister; March, Gross, Caicedo, Trossard; Mwepu; Welbeck.

Leicester (4-4-2) Ward; Justin, Ndidi, Evans, Thomas; Maddison, Sumare, Tielemans, Barnes; Iheanacho, Daka.

Tielemans shouldered March off the ball and found Barnes, who helped the ball onto Daka on the left side of the area. He angled a precise cutback towards Iheanacho, who swept the ball into the empty net from eight yards.

GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Leicester (Iheanacho 1)

Leicester take the lead after 51 seconds!

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City scores their first goal.
Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City scores their first goal. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates.
Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates. Photograph: Robin Jones/Getty Images

1 min Peep peep! Leicester, in their black change strip, get the match underway.

Leicester’s new signing, Wout Faes, isn’t involved today – apparently he has visa issues.

“Absolutely buzzing to see Billy Gilmour on the bench for today’s game and hopefully he’ll get his first minutes for the club,” says Craig Hogg. “The kid has been left behind with Chelsea and Norwich, but has plenty to bring to Brighton, and I reckon he will impress in time!”

I think it’s a superb signing, for him and the club. If I was a dainty, ball-playing No6, I’d want to work for Graham Potter, although no doubt Potter would say it’s working with rather than for. Actually, I’d quite like to work for/with him anyway. Anyone know if he does a bit of editing on the side?

“I see there’s another rookie ref today,” says Rob Hisnay. “Let’s hope it goes better than yesterday.”

In other news, VAR: Chris Kavanagh. Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes.

The teams in (possible) formation

Brighton (goodness knows, maybe 3-3-3-1) Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; Mwepu, Mac Allister, Caicedo; March, Gross, Trossard; Welbeck.
Substitutes: Steele, Lamptey, Colwill, Alzate, Undav, Mitoma, Gilmour, Van Hecke

Leicester (possible 4-1-3-2) Ward; Justin, Ndidi, Evans, Thomas; Soumare; Maddison, Tielemans, Barnes; Iheanacho, Daka.
Substitutes: Iversen, Amartey, Castagne, Mendy, Praet, Dewsbury-Hall, Albrighton, Perez, Vardy.

Referee Tony Harrington.

Team news: Vardy dropped

The new signing Billy Gilmour starts on the bench for Brighton, who make one change from the midweek defeat at Fulham. Danny Welbeck returns in place of Pervis Estupinan.

Brendan Rodgers has left out Jamie Vardy, who is yet to score this season, and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, with Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho coming in.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Brighton v Leicester at the Amex Stadium. Last season these teams were mid-table equals, separated by a point in the final league table. Four months later, this game is fourth versus twentieth. While Brighton have had a terrific start to the season, taking 10 points from five games, Leicester are a shadow of the side who infiltrated the top six so impressively from 2019-21.

There are mitigating circumstances – too many injuries, not enough fresh blood – but the upshot is that Brendan Rodgers is now odds-on favourite in the Premier League sack race. Another defeat today could finish him off. Be careful what you wish for, Brighton fans: if Rodgers does go, Leicester will be looking for a classy, overachieving coach whose teams play stylish football.

Kick off 2pm

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