Brighton v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 31, 2017
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Not many people predicted that Brighton would be looking at the top half of the table and Bournemouth in the relegation zone at this stage of the season. If the hosts can pick up the win it’d strike a huge blow in their all important bid for survival in their first Premier League season.
The teams met twice in the space of a few days in September. Bournemouth won their Premier League fixture against the Seagulls 2-1, with goals from Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe helping them recover from going behind. The Cherries then saw off Brighton’s challenge in extra time of their League Cup clash at the Vitality, with Josh King getting the only goal of the game.
Chris Hughton has a very healthy squad to choose from, barring any problems in the run up to this game. Steve Sidwell is the only absentee through injury, with the veteran midfielder yet to play this season as he struggles with a back injury.
Scorer of the winning goal in the first league game Defoe misses out with his ankle injury, so Callum Wilson should start after his controversial equaliser on Boxing Day. The other scorer last time out Surman could be back along with Charlie Daniels, while Junior Stanislas and Harry Arter are both expected to miss out.
Brighton v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
This game is a crucial one to both teams and in the grand scheme of the bottom half of the Premier League. A win for Brighton lifts them nicely away from the drop zone, while a victory for Bournemouth would see the table bunch up even more.
The Seagulls haven’t won too many games over the last couple of months, although they have managed to avoid defeat against some of the teams that might be considered relegation rivals. Hughton’s side have the joint seventh best defensive record in the league, but with just 15 goals from their opening 20 games, they need to score more.
Pascal Gross’ winner against Watford and a Glenn Murray penalty in the 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool are Brighton’s only goals in their last eight games. Despite this, they start this game as favourites in the betting, priced at 13/10. Bournemouth are available at 11/4, with the draw at 11/5.
The Cherries are without a win in eight going into their new year double header, and the pressure’s mounting on Eddie Howe. There’s a limit to the patience of every board in the Premier League, so a victory for the visitors would be a massive boost for the boss.
One goal winning margin at 5/4
This game is likely to be a tight one, as neither side will want to suffer a defeat. Brighton are 11/4 to win by a single goal, while Bournemouth are 4/1 for the same bet.
Murray to score and Brighton to win at 7/2
The English striker is crucial to the Seagulls, and if they can get the win there’s a good chance he’ll be on the scoresheet. Wilson is 4/1 for the same bet in Bournemouth’s favour.