Brighton v Stoke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 16, 2017
AMEX Stadium - Premier League
The AMEX Stadium must wait until Monday evening for the return of Premier League action, as Brighton host Stoke in the weekend’s final fixture. The visitors can draw level on points with the high-flying Seagulls if they can pick up what would be a timely win.
This will be the first time the teams have met since Stoke won an FA Cup tie 3-0 in 2011. It's the first league meeting for over a decade, when the Potters ran out 5-1 winners on Brighton’s turf. In fact, Stoke have won the last eight games in a row against the Seagulls, whose last victory in this fixture came in English football’s third tier in 2001.
Brighton currently have the cleanest bill of health in the Premier League, with only Steve Sidwell absent through injury. The 34-year-old is yet to feature this season with a back problem, while Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock could be available for selection after their absences.
Jack Butland meanwhile misses out for Stoke, with the latest update giving the England goalkeeper a 3-6 week timeframe for a return. He’s joined on the sidelines by Stephen Ireland, while Geoff Cameron is a major doubt after his concussion.
Brighton v Stoke Preview and Predictions
Despite Stoke’s impressive recent record against Brighton, it’s the hosts that go into this clash as favourites. The Seagulls are very much a different proposition these days of course, and currently occupy a lofty eighth position in the Premier League table.
Few predicted the kind of start for Brighton that Chris Hughton’s side have enjoyed. If they want to keep the chasing pack behind them, and a decent gap to the relegation places, then they’ll need to beat the teams below them. The win at Swansea before the international break was a massive result for the south coast club, and they’re priced at 29/20 in the betting to follow it up with another three points on Monday.
Stoke meanwhile have been hugely inconsistent so far this term. The style of play’s undoubtedly improved under Mark Hughes, but that’s little use when the Potters are getting blown away by teams like Manchester City and Chelsea. The travelling support will hope that they finally see their big guns click together, especially considering Stoke are just three points above the drop zone. The bookmakers have priced the Potters at 12/5 for the win in this one, while the draw’s available at 11/5.
Glenn Murray to score and Brighton to win at 10/3
Back the English striker to continue his impressive recent goalscoring run, after notching four in his last three games.
1-1 draw at 28/5
This result would be a third consecutive 1-1 draw at home for Brighton. It would also keep up the Seagulls’ record of their goals for and against matching their games played.