Brighton v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 09, 2019
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton look to make some ground on their south-coast rivals as they host Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Both sides suffered losses in their most recent games, and a win this weekend will be key to avoiding the relegation zone for the home side.
Bournemouth were comprehensively beaten in the reverse fixture, as quick-fire goals from Anthony Knockaert and Yves Bissouma put Brighton ahead early on. A strike from Marc Pugh put the hosts back in the game, only for Florin Andone to put it out of their reach once again.
Chris Hughton may return to a similar side to last weekend, fielding Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Anthony Knockeart on the either side of Glenn Murray. Jurgen Locadia should be fit to start the game with Solly March and Pascal GroB remaining side-lined.
Eddie Howe is also unlikely to make many changes to his side, although may field Diego Rico in place of the struggling Nathaniel Clyne. Junior Stanlislas may also hope to reclaim his favoured spot on the right of midfield, taking the place of David Brooks.
Brighton v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
Chris Hughton's Brighton sit in 16th place in the table, just five points clear of the bottom three as they host Bournemouth this weekend. The Seagulls may have two games in hand over the clubs above them, which could results in a climb to 12th, but need to start winning games over their immediate rivals.
The Cherries may be safe from relegation, but are in dismal form at the moment, losing heavily to a poor Burnley team, despite benefitting from an own goal early on. Bournemouth have won just one game since January, against Huddersfield, in a run that has included points lost to the likes of Cardiff and Newcastle.
Like-wise, and despite a brilliant FA Cup run, this weekend's hosts have managed just two wins in the Premier League since the turn of the year, one being to Cardiff. If there are surely teams better matched going into Saturday's fixture therefore than Brighton and Bournemouth.
In Saturday's match between similarly matched squads, it may take some individual brilliance to break the deadlock. Both teams are led by talismanic goal scorers, with Glenn Murray bearing the attacking responsibility for Brighton, and Callum Wilson joint top-scorer for Bournemouth despite injury troubles this season. The two are 7/5 and 15/8 to hit the target this weekend, although their side's have looked out of options when they fail to do so.
Three points for either side could be a major morale boost, not to mention a boost for the end-of-season run in, and neither will be willing to give an inch come Saturday.
Jahanbakhsh to score anytime at 9/2
The attacking wide-man has given glimpses of his potential but is yet to look his attacking best for Brighton.
Both teams to score at 3/4
Evenly matched, the sides' may be able to exploit each other's defensive frailties this weekend