Arsenal v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 29, 2017
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal welcome Brighton to the Emirates Stadium for the first time, with Arsene Wenger's side beginning to show some excellent form in recent games.
The two sides have never face each other in the Premier League, as this is Brighton's first time in the division, however they did meet in the FA Cup fourth round in 2014-15 season, with Arsenal narrowly winning 3-2 on the south coast.
The last time Brighton face the Gunners away from home was back in the 1982-83 season, in the old First Division, with Arsenal winning 3-1 at Highbury.
Arsenal will be without midfielder Francis Coquelin for the visit of Brighton, with the French midfielder still out of action with a hamstring injury.
Striker Danny Welbeck also misses out due to a groin problem, which is likely to keep him out for three weeks.
Alexis Sanchez made only his second Premier League start of the season in Arsenal's 2-0 win over West Brom on Monday night, and he should start again. Mesut Ozil was introduced as a substitute in that game after missing a week of action through illness and he will be in the reckoning to start against Brighton.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton is still without three long term injury absentees, all of whom are still some weeks away from a return to the first team.
Veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell, a former Arsenal youth team player out until November with a back injury and fellow midfielder Baram Kayal is still sidelined with a broken leg, and is only fit enough for light training.
Striker Sam Baldock is still three weeks away from a return following a calf injury.
Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion Preview and Predicitons
Arsenal have dramatically improved their form following their damaging 4-0 defeat away at Liverpool, and they are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions, with four wins.
The return of Sanchez to the fold has boosted Arsenal, and summer signing Alexandre Lacazette has shown the predatory instinct that persuaded Wenger to bring him in from French side Lyon.
Brighton have been steady in recent weeks, losing just one of their last four Premier League games, however Arsenal are likely to be a step to far for Hughton's improving side.
Wenger is desperate to get his side back up into the top four and he will be eyeing a routine win against the Seagulls- which is priced at 2/9.
Brighton have been strong defensively so far this season, with their survival chances built on an organised defensive unit, and they have conceded just three goals in their last four Premier League outings.
They will make life difficult for the hosts, who will find it hard to be at their free scoring best, and under 2.5 goals bet is a good option here- priced at 7/5.
Arsenal to win 2-0 at 11/2
Wenger will be happy with a win in this game, and he is well aware that Hughton's side will give nothing away easily to their esteemed hosts. Patience will be key for the Arsenal players, and they cannot allow frustration to creep in if they want to continue their good recent form, but in attack they should have enough to secure all three points.
Alexandre Lacazette to score first at 5/2
French international Lacazette has hit the ground running following his summer move to the Premier League, netting four Premier League goals so far, and three in his last three games. his movement, allied with the creativity of Sanchez and Ozil in behind him, will cause Brighton problems as they continue their maiden Premier League voyage.