Brighton v Swansea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 20, 2018
AMEX Stadium - Premier League
Brighton welcome Swansea to the south coast this weekend, with both sides in need of points to continue their fight against relegation.
Brighton won the last meeting between these two earlier this season, in their first ever Premier League meeting, with Glenn Murray's goal the difference in a 1-0 win in south wales.
Prior to that Swansea had a strong record against the Seagulls, with a five game unbeaten run stretching back to 2006.
Swansea have fitness concerns over Leon Britton and Alfie Mawson, with both players almost at full fitness, but the pair will both undergo tests prior to kick off.
Wilfired Bony and Leroy Fer are ruled out for the rest of the season, with Angel Rangel and Renato Sanches set to be be out until at least March.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this game, with Steve Sidwell, Isiah Brown and Tim Krul all out of action for the hosts.
Brighton v Swansea Preview and Predictions
Brighton have put together a confidence building run in recent weeks, and they host Swansea unbeaten in their last five games in league and cup action, with a place in the FA Cup quarter finals secured last weekend through a win over Coventry City.
Swansea have also given themselves a real boost in the race against the drop, with new manager Carlos Carvahal overseeing an unbeaten run of ten games, although they will need a replay to try to get past his former club Sheffield Wednesday, after a draw last weekend.
Both sides look firm in their determination to avoid relegation, and real strides have be made towards that, as other clubs have struggled, and with little to pick between them, a draw - priced at 9/4 - looks a good option.
Goals are unlikely to be flowing at the AMEX Stadium, with both sides scoring just five goals in their last three league matches, and a tight affair expected on Saturday, an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 4/9.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Both sides look set to avoid the drop given their recent run of form, but both managers will be determined to guard against complacency, particularly with games that they may struggle to pick up points in coming up in the next month.
Glenn Murray to score first at 9/2
Murray was the hero the last time these met, and he is in excellent recent form, scoring three goals in his last four appearances. He is also Brighton's leading goalscorer this season with 10 goals in all competitions in 2017-18.