Brighton & Hove Albion are looking to build on an impressive start to the season as they face AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend.
Brighton & Hove Albion currently sit 5th in the Premier League with four wins and one loss from their first five games of the season.
The Seagulls have started the season in typically impressive fashion as they look to be continuing where they left off last campaign as one of the league's most complete teams.
A loss at home to West Ham was sandwiched in-between wins over Luton Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and most recently Manchester United.
The 3-1 win at Old Trafford last weekend, thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck, Pascal Groß and Joāo Pedro, was yet another landmark in the development of Brighton under Roberto De Zerbi as confidence of over their prospects of qualifying for next season's Champions League continue to grow.
They did, however, follow that win up with a disappointing 2-3 defeat at hoe to AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday night in an occasion that seemed to get the better of a Seagulls side that looked fairly nervous and were outdone by a side that looked physically superior.
Still, they'll feel that the result was no more than a nervous blip as they begin to become accustomed to football on the European stage having accumulated little experience in such competitions during their history as a club.
The Premier League is their bread and butter and they have a perfect opportunity to respond immediately in front of their own fans.
AFC Bournemouth currently sit 15th in the Premier League with three draws and two losses from their first five games of the season.
Losses to Liverpool, 3-1, and Tottenham Hotspur, 0-2, came amongst draws against West Ham, 1-1, Brentford, 1-1, and most recently Chelsea, 0-0, in what has been a satisfactory start to the campaign for The Cherries.
Opinion on Bournemouth was divided coming into the campaign with some feeling they'd struggle to stay afloat while others fancied them to kick on under new manager Andoni Iraola but the actuality has been they're somewhere in-between.
They're still in the process of integrating a number of new signings into the fold while a couple of new additions are yet to make their debut, so it's very much expected that the best of Bournemouth is yet to come.
They need to improve going forward having scored just three goals in their first five games, but given they're expected goals rate of 1.41xG per game is 12th in the league it shows they're more suffering from poor finishing than a lack of chance creation which is much more remediable.
The Cherries have had a mightily tough start to the season in terms of fixture difficulty and things aren't about to get any easier as they could find themselves still searching for a first win of the season after six games.
For our Brighton vs. Bournemouth prediction, we're going for a 1-1 draw.