The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
Jordan Ayew's goal lifted Crystal Palace to a victory at Brighton in the Premier League that left the hosts still looking for their first win of 2020.
A late goal saw Brighton draw with Chelsea while Aston Villa secured a vital win against Burnley in the first games of 2020 in the English Premiership.
Brighton manager Graham Potter has signed a contract extension until 2025, the Premier League club has announced.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan is determined to help make the Amex a difficult place for visiting teams to get results as Brighton prepare to host Norwich.
Manchester City opened the defence of their Premier League title in ominous fashion, while there were also wins for Brighton and Burnley.
Adam Webster became Premier League side Brighton's record signing when they agreed to pay Bristol City for the central defender.
Arsenal's chances of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League were all but snuffed out as they were held to draw by Brighton.
Brighton came from 2-0 down and were then behind in a shoot-out before they beat Millwall 5-4 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Brighton grabbed their first Premier League victory of 2019 at the eighth attempt with a win over rock bottom Huddersfield.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton believes a racism row involving Gaetan Bong and Jay Rodriguez will have no part to play when the teams meet.
Aston Villa and Brighton suffered FA Cup embarrassment as the Premier League clubs paid the price for making a raft of team changes in the third round of the FA Cup.
Brighton eased fears of being dragged into a relegation battle as a well-deserved win over Bournemouth lifted the Seagulls five points clear of the Premier League drop zone.
Manchester United's upturn in form continued with a win over Brighton at Old Trafford that was even more comfortable than the scoreline suggested.
Tottenham's calamitous week went from bad to worse as Mauricio Pochettino's men were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.
Australian international midfielder Aaron Mooy will remain in the Premier League with Brighton after sealing a season-long loan move from Huddersfield.
Graham Potter was named as Brighton manager and said he would aim to consolidate the club's place in the Premier League.
Chelsea eased the pressure on under-fire boss Maurizio Sarri with a win over Brighton in London.
Anthony Knockaert's superb strike fired Brighton to a vital win over arch rivals Crystal Palace as the Seagulls climbed away from the Premier League relegation zone.
Glenn Murray blasted Brighton into the FA Cup fifth round as the veteran striker's extra-time double sealed a 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.
Liverpool bounced back from two consecutive defeats to remain on course for a first league title in 29 years, beating Brighton.
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