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Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has not ruled out a debut this weekend for late recruit Billy Gilmour, with the Seagulls boss hailing the Scotland international as an "exciting" capture for his team ahead of their Premier League game with Leicester City.

The south coast outfit have been flying high this campaign and bolstered their ranks late on with the capture of the 21-year-old from Chelsea, who departed Stamford Bridge with something of a curt dismissal.

Gilmour will be keen to make himself indispensable to his new club now, and Potter has waxed lyrical about what he will bring to the side.

"Billy's an exciting signing for us," he stated. "He's an able footballer, a great character and he has a great personality. He'll fit into the group and add competition in midfield.

"As a footballer, Billy's very technically able. He benefits from structure and the team functioning well, which is our job."

Opposite number Brendan Rodgers meanwhile has reflected on the departure of Wesley Fofana after the defender was sold to the Blues in a blockbuster package near the end of the transfer window.

Injury wrecked the latter's campaign last year, but he was a key figure for the Foxes when they won the 2021 FA Cup final against Chelsea.

"I never get too emotional with words," Rodgers stated. "Wesley was exposed to a club when very few people knew who he was. We brought him here as a 19-year-old, put him in the team, his profile went worldwide and he was absolutely brilliant.

"He got injured, the club could have been exposed but they weren't, looked after him, gave him a new contract and his agent would have done really well as well. We felt he was going to be here. I felt he wanted to be here, but the game changes."

Brighton - Pascal Gross

The German been involved in four of Brighton's six Premier League goals so far this season (67 per cent), with three goals and one assist. He's two involvements shy of becoming the first player to register 50 Premier League goals or assists for the Seagulls (20 goals, 28 assists).

Leicester - Jamie Vardy

The Foxes striker averages a goal every 120 minutes in Premier League games played on Sundays (41 goals in 63 games); of all players to have played at least 50 times on Sunday, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a better minutes-per-goal ratio than him (115).

- Brighton took four points from Leicester last season (W1 D1), double the amount they had from their first eight Premier League meetings with the Foxes (W0 D2 L6).

- Leicester have only failed to score in one of their 10 Premier League meetings with Brighton, scoring in all five away from home against the Seagulls.

- Brighton have won three of their last four Premier League home games (D1), more than they had in their previous 16 at the Amex Stadium (W2 D7 L7). They're looking to keep a clean sheet in each of their first three home league games in a single campaign for the first time since 2015-16.

- Leicester have both scored and conceded a goal in 25 of their last 28 Premier League away games, with the Foxes failing to score twice and keeping just one clean sheet in this run.

- Of the 65 instances of a team playing 100+ games on a specific day of the week in the Premier League, Leicester's Sunday games have the highest goals-per-game average in the competition. The Foxes have scored 188 and conceded 179 in 110 Sunday games for an average of 3.3.

Updated September 3, 2022

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