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Brighton Start Impresses Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

XHERDAN SHAQIRI says he has been impressed with Brighton & Hove Albion’s start in their debut Premier League season.

The Seagulls are in fine form having lost just one of their last six league encounters which has seen them climb to eighth in the table after 11 games.

City make the long journey to the Amex Stadium tomorrow night aiming to record back-to-back away wins for the first time since October 2015 and put a dent in the hosts’ recent run.

Shaqiri has enjoyed a positive week after helping Switzerland reach next summer’s World Cup and he is confident the Potters can achieve a positive result in front of the live television cameras when they return to action following the international break.

“Brighton have started very well this season,” the 26-year-old told Premier League Productions.

“It’s always surprising sometimes - much like Huddersfield too - they’ve started very well when nobody probably expected them to do so and that’s a credit to them and the way they’re playing.

“It isn’t always easy coming up into the Premier League, but they have all the assets to be here - they have a big stadium, good fans and they’ll want to keep making good performances."

“Brighton are a team that are united and play together as one, that’s why they are achieving good things at the moment.

“We will go there to try and win the game, we have the quality to do that and we know we need to be together as well to get three points.

“We’ve shown that in recent games against Watford and Leicester, so we must take those performances onto the pitch on Monday night.”