Brighton v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 27, 2019
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Southampton travel to Brighton for Saturday afternoon Premier League action, with just three points separating the two sides. The Saints beat Tottenham before the international break, but will face a very different type of match against Brighton.
The last meeting between the two sides played out to an entertaining 2-2 draw, with Brighton requiring a 90th minute penalty from Glenn Murray to earn a point.
Danny Ings should be fit to return for Southampton, but Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hesitant to change a winning formula, and may stick with Charlie Austin as the lone striker.
Chris Hughton is expected to make a number of changes to the side that scraped past Millwall in the FA Cup, with Glenn Murray and Yves Bissouma likely to step back into the side. Pascal Gross will remain sidelined through injury, with Florian Andone also a major doubt.
Brighton v Southampton Predictions and Previews
Bournemouth will start the game ahead of Southampton, but will be wary of the vast improvement shown by their south coast rivals since the arrival Hassenhutll.
The German manager has reinvigorated a stagnant Saints team, who were underperforming when compared to the quality of the squads. Testament to their revival is the return to the England team of James Ward-Prowse, who has scored five of his six goals under the new boss. With Danny Ings struggling to stay fit, the midfielder is now just one goal off matching the forward as the club's top scorer.
The win against Tottenham may have come as a surprise to many, however, Southampton's previous at Manchester United showed that it was no fluke. A resilient defensive performance combined with rapid and effective counter-attacking play put Hassenhutll within minutes of a point at United, and was a trade-mark during the manager's spell at RB Leipzig.
Against Brighton, this tactic may not be quite as effective. Chris Hughton may well discourage his side from pushing too far forward in search of a goal, forcing Southampton on to them, and allowing for little space in behind.
In recent weeks Glenn Murray's goals may have dried up, a clear concern for the Seagulls, yet, summer signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh has started to show signs of quality. Brighton have been over reliant on Murray's goals for a while now, with the forward 7/5 to score on Saturday, and Hughton will be glad to have found a genuine alternative. If he is willing to risk fielding both simultaneously, the combination of power and pace could cause problems for Southampton.
James Ward-Prowse to score anytime at 3/1
The midfielder is having the best goal-scoring season of his career, and will be boosted by his England cameo.
Both teams to score at 21/20
Going into the game the sides look relatively balanced, and both will be keen to take all three points.