Arsenal v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 01, 2019
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
With two games remaining of the Premier League campaign, Arsenal welcome Brighton needing all three points their bid to secure a top-four finish. The Seagulls have been in miserable form in final third of the season and haven't won a game in eight although have managed two draws from their last three games.
Brighton managed to hold Arsenal to a draw when the sides met at the Amex Stadium, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's goal sparing his side's blushing after an opener from Jurgen Locadia.
Unai Emery has seen his midfield depleted this week, with Aaron Ramsey ruled out for the remainder of the season and Denis Suarez cutting his loan short to return to Barcelona. As a result Lucas Torreira may slot into midfield alongside Granit Xhaka, with both of Arsenal's centre-forwards starting together.
Brighton injury crisis appears to be abating just too late with Glenn Murray, Solly March, Bruno and Anthony Knockheart all making appearances against Newcastle. All four are expected to start on Sunday with Pascal Gross also set to feature.
Arsenal v Brighton Predictions and Previews
Arsenal play after Chelsea on Sunday, meaning that they will know whether there is an opportunity to leapfrog the Blues into fourth place. Their opponents, Brighton, seem far from the form required to cause the Gunners much of an obstacle, yet won’t be under the same pressure as their hosts.
Chris Hughton's side could do with the season ending two months ago, with the Seagulls dragged into a relegation battle by a shocking run of form. Even so, with four points over rivals Cardiff going into the weekend, Brighton could well be safe before kicking a ball on Sunday. If the Bluebirds win against Crystal Palace however, Sunday's match could take on a whole new complexion for the visitors.
The South-coast side have managed to pick up two valuable points from their last three games, managing to keep the impressive Wolves at bay at the Molineux, and equalizing in the second-half to peg Newcastle back. Hughton will be hoping that these two hard-fought victories are a sign of his side's resilience, and will aim to replicate the performances again on Sunday.
Emery will likely be cheering Crystal Palace on for Saturday's game, as Brighton are likely to pose far less of a threat if they achieve their goal of avoiding relegation. Even without this result however, Arsenal should be able to earn an easy victory against the visitors - despite losing their last three games.
Defeat to Leicester City in their last game would normally be little cause for concern, but the nature of the loss, especially considering the importance of the game will have worried Arsenal fans. With a mid-week fixture in the Europa League, Emery will have to decide whether or not to risk starting Aubamayang, who is 14/5 to score on Sunday, or to rest the forward with a number of key games remaining.
With so few points separating the four teams fighting for two Champions League spots, Arsenal cannot afford anything other than a win against Brighton - whether they are able to do so however remains to be seen.
Under 2.5 goals at 11/10
With a number of Arsenal's key players likely to be fatigued or rested, they are unlikely to be able to put in their best performance.
Arsenal to win to nil at 5/4
Despite struggling themselves, the Gunners should be able to blow past a Brighton side that is struggling to score at the moment.