We’ve seen Leicester go from expected relegation candidates to Champions, and we’ve also seen surprises from clubs like Burnley, Bournemouth and last season we saw it from West Ham.

This year, despite losing their opening game of the season 2-0, Brighton are now on an early charge with four straight wins helping them climb into 4th place.

Their most impressive win came at the weekend when they beat current FA Cup holders Leicester 2-1, which few would have predicted.

They did get their fair share of luck with Leicester having two goals ruled out, but Brighton are shaping up like a tough team to beat. They’ve got a physical and tall backline that cope well with set pieces, and the experience of Welbeck and Lallana brings a lot of value to the team.

Up top they have a man in form with the Frenchman Neal Maupey, who has three goals to his name this season, and it’s always important to have a key man who knows where the goal is for clubs like Brighton who can’t rely on world-class talent to bring the magic in every position. 

Another key player is the new fullback Marc Cucurella who arrived from Getafe. He’s a fullback that like to get into the opponents half and attack, and against Leicester he spent more time in their half than his own which is the kind of positive play you don’t always expect from a team like Brighton.

We have seen a number of teams do well from the start and when the key two month period between December and January comes, things can change quickly. Goals are needed and if the team are overworked then a desperate need of balance in the team becomes the key search.

It’s still too early in the season to make any conclusions but if Brighton can keep their key players fit it will be interesting to see much the Seagulls can improve this season. #mmlove