Projected starting XI

Mathew Ryan; Markus Suttner, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Bruno; Solly March, Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Anthony Knockaert; Pascal Groß; Glenn Murray

Are you happy with ownership? Elated? Cautiously optimistic? Furious?

The chairman of our club, Tony Bloom, is a lifelong fan, which the supporters really love. It tells us that he isn't there for money reasons only, but he genuinely wants to see the club succeed. He has pumped a lot of money into the club, including about £80 million for our current stadium which we desperately needed. The fans are happy with him and are grateful to have a good relationship with the higher-ups of the club.

What's the highest reasonable goal your team has and what needs to go right to get there?

A lot of people have us picked as relegation candidates, and rightfully so. But people remain optimistic that we will survive this season. The first goal supporters have is to get above 11 points so we avoid breaking Derby County's record for fewest points in a Premier League season. Our highest reasonable goal is to finish around spots 14-17 and build off of that momentum.

What are you scared of that might derail your season?

A growing fear is getting hit with the injury bug and not having the depth to survive it. The club still has time to make vital transfers to help our starters, but we will have to wait and see. We also need a proven Premier League striker other than Glenn Murray (11 career Premier League goals) to help out with scoring.

What do you think makes your team's fan culture better than any other team's?

The supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion really get behind their team, even in the darkest times. We went through three playoff heartbreaks in four years, and the one odd year we flirted with relegation. When Anthony Knockaert's dad passed away, the fans and his teammates really rallied around and supported him through what was a difficult time in his life. There is truly a "together" atmosphere at Brighton.

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