'The wheels came off!' Michael Owen makes worrying prediction for Fulham at Brighton

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen feels Brighton will be full of confidence and could shade victory in the relegation battle against Fulham at the Amex Stadium tomorrow night

Michael Owen was impressed with Brighton's performance at Leeds
Michael Owen was impressed with Brighton's performance at Leeds

Relegation-threatened Albion are yet to toast a Premier League win at home this season and have won just one of their past 18 fixtures on home soil dating back to the start of 2020.

The Seagulls currently sit one position and five points better off than the 18th-placed Cottagers, albeit having played a game more, going into Wednesday’s basement battle.

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But an encouraging 1-0 triumph at Leeds last time out in the Premier League could be the boost Graham Potter's team needs.

Brighton expect to have Adam Lallana and Aaron Connolly back in their squad for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Fulham.

Midfielder Lallana (groin) and striker Connolly (hamstring) have returned to training following their respective injury problems but neither is expected to start.

Tariq Lamptey, Alireza Jahanbakhsh (both hamstring) and Danny Welbeck (knee) remain sidelined.

Fulham are still without captain Tom Cairney, who faces a few more weeks out with a knee injury.

Defender Terence Kongolo also remains unavailable due to a hamstring problem.

Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete, Ademola Lookman, Ivan Cavaleiro and Harrison Reed return after they were rested for the FA Cup defeat by Burnley.

"The wheels came off for Fulham at the weekend in their FA Cup tie against Burnley," wrote Owen in his weekly BetVictor blog"In the end it was comprehensive, however, their main target is Premier League survival, so I think they’ll refocus easily enough.

"It’s finally coming together for Brighton. The Seagulls were doing everything right before Christmas, they just couldn’t put the ball in the net. However, since the turn of the year they’ve improved, with a recent win away at Leeds testament of that.

"This should be an entertaining game. Both like to have a go, and although it’s likely to be tight, I think Brighton will just shade it."

Michael Owen prediction: Brighton 2-1 Fulham