Brighton & Hove Albion
The Seagulls sit eighth in the Premier League with nine goals scored, and they are sixth with 8.56 xG. They improve to fifth in non-penalty xG at 7.03.
How has the start of the season treated Brighton, have there been promising signs?
We have played some excellent football without getting the results we deserve.
Danny Welbeck could make his Brighton debut in the home clash with West Bom on Monday.
Boss Graham Potter has said the forward has made “a really good first impression” following his arrival on a one-year deal, and that a late decision will be made about his involvement ahead of the game.
Davy Propper and Christian Walton are also being assessed, while Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo remain unavailable and skipper Lewis Dunk starts a three-match ban following his red card in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Chelsea needed a deflection and a penalty to beat us at the Amex and the defeat to Manchester United was frankly ridiculous. Who else gets a penalty after the final whistle has blown following eight minutes of added time other than United?
What has been letting us down is that we struggle to put the ball in the back of the net. It’s all very well recording over 65% possession and having 20 shots as we did against Crystal Palace last weekend, but when only three of those shots are on target, being so dominant becomes a little pointless.
That is something which the Croatian will want to avoid at this stage of the season, especially ahead of the visit to Fulham in seven days time.
More consistency may be achieved once a regular XI is selected with Bilic having already used 22 players during the club’s opening five matches back in the top flight.
Given the business which they conducted in the summer, Graham Potter will be somewhat disappointed with Brighton’s start to the season.
However, failing to defeat their struggling opponents at The Hawthorns represented a missed opportunity for the West Midlands outfit, who need to end their winless streak as soon as possible.
Although West Brom remain outside of the relegation zone courtesy of three other teams also failing to win any of their opening games, defeat in their next contest would see Bilic’s side cut adrift from 16th place.