1 IMPROVE AWAY FORM
Only Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester won at the Amex last term – albeit by an aggregate score of 13-1 – but on the road, Brighton scored the league’s fewest goals (10), won the fewest matches (two) and gained the fewest points (11). Being a little more resilient on their travels would ease some of the pressure on their good home record.
2 EVEN OUT THE SET- PIECES
Despite sturdy campaigns at the heart of defence for Duffy – who topped the league charts for blocks and clearances – and Dunk, 40 per cent of the goals conceded by Brighton came from set-pieces. That is a fundamental frailty. At the other end, meanwhile, Brighton created more chances from corners than 17 of the other 19 teams, but converted fewer than anyone. Extra training it is, then – and maybe a switch to zonal marking.
3 FIND SOLID BA CK- UP BETWEEN THE POSTS
Tim Krul has gone without making a league appearance – and No.1 Mat Ryan is heading to the Asian Cup in January. In order to avoid a potentially dismal start to 2019, Hughton must find a reliable stand-in for the athletic Australian. If Sunderland’s fans are to be believed, summer Seagulls signing Jason Steele is not that man.
4 GET GLENN MURRAY A MATE
Brighton’s top scorer for the past two seasons isn’t going anywhere just yet, but he’s 35 in September and they often lack bite without him. January recruit Jurgen Locadia has had limited opportunities to adapt, and if he struggles in 2018-19, then Romanian frontman Florin Andone needs to hit the ground running and improve on a meagre haul for Deportivo La Coruna.
5 GET THE BEST OUT OF ANTHONY KNOCKAERT
Albion’s tricky French winger cut a frustrated figure at times last term as he struggled to cope with the step up in class of opposing back lines. However, the 26-year-old did show what he can do when he terrorised Manchester United’s defence at the Amex in May. Can he kick on this year?