Opposition View: ‘I’d be delighted to see Brighton reach the knockout stages of the Europa League…’

We catch up with Brighton supporter Keith Mills ahead of our Premier League clash

How pleased were you with Brighton’s strong finish last year? 

Extremely pleased because usually with a team like us who don’t necessarily have the experience in those sort of situations, you’d have expected us to potentially fall away. We didn’t crumble and managed to end the season strongly ensuring we qualified for the Europa League this coming season. 

European football this season for the first time you must be buzzing?

Yes for sure, having watched yourselves in europe over the last couple of seasons, not only will this be huge for the club, but it’ll also be an amazing experience for the match going fans to watch our team abroad in both some of Europe’s most iconic stadiums and also some rogue places you wouldn’t usually get to visit! 

Any new signings you are excited to see?

I’m excited to see Joao Pedro. He looks like a really lively player going forward and he’s only going to improve our already dangerous attack. It will also be interesting to see how Igor does who we have just signed from Fiorentina. I’m sure you guys already know a bit about him. 

How do you expect your season to go this year? 

I think it’s going to be hard to predict with European football on top of the domestic competitions, but I think we should be aiming to maintain our top half Premier League status and I’d like to see us compete in Europe, maybe not win it, but I’d be happy if we can get to the quarter finals maybe?

We always say how Brighton are our bogey team. Where do West Ham need to improve to change that?

I really don’t know how or why you have never managed to beat us in the Premier League. I think at this point it might be a mentality issue for you, potentially going into the game with the additional pressure knowing the record isn’t great. Other than that, I really don’t know, but I’m not complaining.

Will the extra games effect Brighton now they are in Europe?

The additional games and travelling could affect us, but time will tell and I’d like to think the squad is almost at a stage where we could be able to compete in both competitions without any issues.

How much of a loss will Alexis Mac Allister be?

For sure he will be a loss, but I have no doubt in my mind that De Zerbi and his recruitment team will get it right and over time we will forget about his absence.

Score predictions for your game against West Ham?

With this game taking place before we have to endure any European action, with us being at home and us being your ‘bogey team’ I’m going to go with a 3-1 win for Brighton.

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