23.07.2018 17:18 h

Brighton glad as 'top-level' Nantes step in for Sporting

Brighton and Hove Albion expect "as tough a test if not tougher" from Nantes after announcing the French club had stepped in to replace Sporting Lisbon as their final pre-season opponents.

South coast club Brighton had been due to welcome Portuguese giants Sporting to the Amex Stadium on August 3 ahead of the new English Premier League campaign.

Sporting, however, have been engulfed in turmoil recently and last month they sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after just nine days in charge following his appointment by former club president Bruno de Carvalho.

They've now told Brighton they wish to play at home on the weekend of August 3-5.

But, fortunately for the Seagulls they will face French top-tier side Nantes instead, with Seagulls fans who've already purchased tickets for the August 3 fixture able to use them for the visit of the Ligue 1 side.

"Firstly, we are extremely grateful to FC Nantes for coming over to play us at such short notice," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

"It was important for us to have top-level opponents in our final warm-up match ahead of the new season, and we are delighted FC Nantes have stepped in to play the match in two weeks' time."

He added: "They'll represent just as tough a test, if not tougher, and from a footballing point of view the change of opponents will not affect our preparations for the new season."