Stoke City v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 06, 2018
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Stoke City host Brighton on Saturday, looking for a much needed result to get them out of the Premier League's bottom three. The Seagulls should prove tough opponents, and have been in good form of late.
Brighton haven't managed to beat Stoke since a narrow 1-0 victory in 2001, back when both sides were in League Two. The Potters managed eight consecutive wins following that game, although the sides' first clash in the Premier League, back in October, ended with an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Stoke's £14 million January signing Badou Ndiaye made his debut last week against Bournemouth and may well be in for another start, with Darren Fletcher out injured.
Jurgen Locadia is still not judged to be match-fit for Brighton, meaning that another January signing, Leonardo Ulloa may get his first start for Chris Hughton's side. Club captain Bruno remains out for the Seagulls, as does midfielder Steve Sidwell.
Stoke v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Replacing Mark Hughes for Paul Lambert has seemingly not had the desired effect for Stoke, who had hoped a managerial change would see an immediate change in fortunes. Admittedly, they won their first game under the new boss in impressive fashion, beating Huddersfield by two goals to nil, however, a subsequent draw to Watford before a defeat to Bournemouth has the Potters looking much like their former selves.
Lambert will see Brighton at home as an opportunity to get Stoke's revival back on track, and will look to key players such as Xherdan Shaqiri to do so. The Swiss winger has scored in the loss against Bournemouth, and has been directly involved in 11 Premier League goals this season. With Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting playing on the right flank has also seen his influence increase, and is 2/1 to score anytime on Saturday, compared to Shaqiri's 5/2 odds.
Chris Hughton's side have identical form over their last three league matches as their weekend opponents, and yet optimism is much higher on the South Coast. In their last match, Brighton defeated an, admittedly weakened, West Ham side 3-1, in a match dominated by their star midfielder Pascal Gross, who contributed a goal and an assist to an already impressive season.
Another high point for Seagulls fans was Glenn Murray scoring in his third consecutive games, taking his tally for the season to eight, his best ever in the Premier League. The forward is 11/4 to keep his fine form going at score against Stoke, although may meet his match against the physically powerful Kurt Zouma, who by all accounts has been one of the Potter's best players this season.
Going into the game, the sides appear relatively evenly matched, and the result could well depend on a moment of brilliance from one of the creative midfielders with the home side 5/4 to win and the visitor 14/5.
Draw at half-time at 10/11
It should be a closely fought game, and player fatigue later in the game may well see the deadlock broken.
Jose Izquierdo to score anytime at 4/1
The winger put in a great performance last week, and looked dangerous breaking forward.