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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insisted his side can use the Tottenham defeat as a learning curve ahead of their home clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Goals from Patson Daka and James Maddison, either side of Harry Kane's equaliser, had the Foxes well in control heading into stoppage-time against Spurs on Wednesday.

Steven Bergwijn then managed a dramatic double to drag Antonio Conte's team to a 3-2 win, but Rodgers believes Leicester will bounce back.

"The honesty of the team is what I love," he said. "The guys gave everything. You see naivety in the team at times. That's experience. We have had adverse moments during our time together. We're very open and very analytical about it and that allows you to move. We should have won the game. We're not trying to blindside anyone. But there's a great lesson there.

"Everything is possible and that typified that. We've got a goal-kick on 94 minutes and 33 seconds, but we make a couple of mistakes in duels and positioning and we lose the game. It will be a lesson that goes with them through their career."

The Seagulls sit ninth in the Premier League, a place above the Foxes, after consecutive 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter will miss Sunday's clash due to COVID-19, meaning Billy Reid will take charge and the assistant manager promised for business as usual.

"Graham will be linked up at home on Sunday. He had a rough last night and tested positive this morning," Reid said.

"I was a manager in Scotland so I know what to expect. Nothing will change too much, we'll try and keep things normal."

Reid also offered an update on the status of several key Brighton players.

"Shane Duffy won't make Sunday, and Adam Lallana will be the same. "If Dunky (Lewis Dunk) comes through (Saturday's) session, he could be in the squad."

Leicester City – James Maddison

Only Son Heung-min (7) and Mohamed Salah (6) have scored more Premier League goals on Sundays this season than Leicester's Maddison (4).

Brighton and Hove Albion – Danny Welbeck

Welbeck has scored three goals in his eight Premier League appearances against Leicester, including in the Seagulls' victory in the reverse fixture this term. All three of the goals have been in one-goal victories (with two of them being the winning goal of the game), but all three have also come in home matches.

- Brighton have scored four goals in their two meetings with Leicester in all competitions this season, more than they'd scored against the Foxes in their previous nine meetings combined between 2017 and 2021 (3).

- Since a goalless draw with Wolves in February 2021, there have been 57 goals scored in Leicester's 13 Premier League games played on Sundays (F30 A27) – an average of 4.4 per game. Indeed, each of their five such home games in that run have seen at least four goals scored each time.

- Brighton have lost just one of their 10 Premier League away games so far this season (W3 D6) – no side has lost fewer on the road than the Seagulls so far this term.

- Brighton have won all three of their Premier League games played on a Sunday so far this season, including a 2-1 win against Leicester in September. The last time the Seagulls won four consecutive Sunday games in the league was between December 2008 and March 2013, split between League One and the Championship.

- Rodgers has lost four of his last six Premier League games against sides with an English manager (W1 D1), as many as he had in his previous 38 such games in the competition (W28 D6).

Updated January 21, 2022

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