St Mary’s - Premier League
Southampton and Brighton supporters have an extra reason to look forward to the Premier League’s return - although they have to wait until Monday night. This south coast derby could be a tasty affair, as we get back into domestic football after the international break.
Southampton are unbeaten in their last three games against Brighton, winning two of those including the most recent meeting just a few weeks ago. Charlie Austin scored a late winner in a League Cup tie towards the end of August, while both fixtures between the teams last season ended 1-1.
Two of Mark Hughes’s forwards face late fitness tests ahead of this game. Charlie Austin and Shane Long are both in a race to be fit, although Danny Ings’s form will surely keep at least one of them out of the starting XI.
Jose Izquierdo has been targeting this game for a comeback, but the Colombian forward remains a doubt. Pascal Gross and Florin Andone are both fit to return though, while Bruno Saltor is also in contention.
Southampton v Brighton Preview and Predictions
These two teams sit 12th and 14 in the Premier League, after both picking up four points from their opening four matches. They look closely matched, so picking a winner here could be tough.
After knocking Brighton out of the League Cup, Southampton finally got their first Premier League victory of the season in their next game. Their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace was impressive, but manager Hughes will be hoping the international break hasn’t halted his side’s momentum.
The Saints are 6/5 to pick up the three points on Monday, so they start the game as the favourites in the betting. Brighton are 3/1, as they look for their first win since their superb performance in beating Manchester United in their second outing of the new season.
Chris Hughton’s side put in a decent performance at Anfield and only lost 1-0 to free-scoring Liverpool, but followed that up with a 2-2 draw at home to the exciting yet still newly-promoted Fulham last tine out.
With this game difficult to call, and two draws between the teams last season, the stalemate could be a good option. That’s available at 47/20 in the betting for this game.
1-1 draw at 6/1
Back a third successive 1-1 draw between the sides in the Premier League with this bet, after another closely fought contest in the recent League Cup tie.
Southampton to win 3-0 at 21/1
Or back the hosts for a comfortable win. Before last season they were last in the same division in 2011/12, with both sides winning 3-0 at home.