Brighton v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 20, 2019
AMEX Stadium - Premier League
Graham Potter's Brighton look to extend their unbeaten Premier League run this weekend, as they host local rivals Southampton.
Brighton have never beaten their neighbours, following their promotion to the Premier League in 2017. Southampton have won one, alongside three draws, in league action, as well as a Saints win in the EFL Cup.
Potter has no fresh injury problems following Brighton's 1-1 draw at home to West Ham last weekend, with first teamers Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto all still sidelined with long term injuries for the Seagulls.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl also has a full squad to pick from, and the Austrian may look to freshen things up, following back-to-back Premier League defeats in their opening two games of the 2019-20 season, with Danny Ings set to return to the starting line up.
Brighton v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Brighton have started the season strongly, with Potter overseeing an impressive 3-0 opening day victory away at Watford, followed by a battling 1-1 draw against Manuel Pellegrini's Hammers side at the AMEX stadium last weekend. Potter has injected real confidence in last season's relegation battlers, and they will be confident of picking up their first ever top flight win over their out of form south coast neighbours this weekend.
Southampton have kicked off the 2019-20 season in nightmare fashion, losing 3-0 away at Burnley on the opening day of the camping, before a 2-1 loss at home to Jurgen Klopp's title challenging Liverpool last weekend at St. Mary's Stadium. Hasenhuttl needs to turn around this worry run of early season form against Burnley and Liverpool, and he will be well aware that his job could well be at risk if they are in the bottom three on the other side of September's international break.
All the signs point to a Brighton win, and despite the form table putting them as firm favourites to get one over their rivals, they are still well priced at 11/8, to pick up their second win of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Brighton netted three goals at Vicarage Road on the opening day, but they looked far more pragmatic against West Ham, and that is likely to be the case again this weekend, as Brighton head for the AMEX Stadium. With that in mind, a Brighton to win, but with under 2.5 total goals scored is available at 15/4.
Brighton to win 2-0 at 11/1
The Seagulls will want to keep this run going, with the memories of last season's relegation scrap still in the minds of both the players and the supporters, and that should continue this weekend. Southampton looks to be struggling already, and despite needing a win to turn themselves around, it does not look likely at the AMEX Stadium.
Glenn Murray to score anytime at 6/4
The veteran striker did not score in the two opening games for Brighton, but he still remains their key goal scoring threat, despite turning 36 in early September. He also has a fantastic record against the Saints, scoring in three of their Premier League meetings - including a last minute penalty at St. Mary's last season to secure a 2-2 draw.