Brighton will try to bring their stunning early season form to the European stage when they host AEK Athens on their Europa League debut this week.
Roberto De Zerbi's side have won plenty of admirers with their bold and effective attacking style of play and ran out 3-1 winners at Manchester United last weekend despite a host of key absentees.
The Seagulls are fifth in the Premier League following four wins from five games, building upon the seventh-placed finish last term that secured a path to Europe.
By contrast, AEK Athens are seasoned campaigners on the continental stage but look set to have their work cut out against a vibrant attack boasting the talents of Kaoru Mitoma, Evan Ferguson and Joao Pedro.
Barcelona loanee Ansu Fati could be in line for a full debut at the Amex Stadium in the Group B fixture, which also features Ajax and Marseille.
Given that calibre of opposition, a winning start on home turf feels essential for De Zerbi's men.
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AEK's start to the season has been somewhat mixed under Matias Almeyda. The start of their Greek Super League title defence has started with one win and a pair of draws, while their Europa League participation is the result of losing both legs of a Champions League playoff against Antwerp.
Almeyda's defence has been porous and the 1-1 weekend draw against Olympiakos continued a run of failing to keep a clean sheet this season.
Brighton have also conceded in all five league games but expect them to keep the back door shut here and overwhelm their opponents with a typical display of attacking variety
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