Bournemouth v Brighton Betting Tips
Saturday was an historic day for Brighton and Hove Albion. After losing three straight league games, the Seagulls bounced back to beat West Brom 3-1 and in so doing claimed their first ever win in the Premier League.
Next up for Brighton is a south coast derby against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries know all there is to know about making the step up from the Championship to the Premier League and surviving. However, Eddie Howe appears lost as to why his team have had such a poor start to their third season in the top flight.
Bournemouth have lost all four of their league matches so far and will be desperate to pick up their first three points when Brighton come to visit on Friday night.
Top Betting Tips
Few people gave Bournemouth much hope of staying in the Premier League after winning promotion in 2015. Eddie Howe and his coaching staff, therefore, deserve huge praise for the job they’ve done at the club but it’s not been all plain sailing.
Bournemouth have had poor runs of form over the last couple of seasons and they are clearly going through another one.
Brighton know that they too will have rocky patches over the coming months and therefore they must make the most of the confidence and momentum their first win has brought. The Seagulls will look to capitalise on Bournemouth’s woes and could make the short journey back to Brighton having secured a positive result.
Anything other than a win will be another disappointing result for Howe and his men but they may have to prepare for disappointment. Brighton are very well organised under Chris Hughton and they can frustrate the hosts to claim another big win at odds of 11/4 with Coral.
Brighton fans have huge respect for what Hughton has achieved at the club but Norwich fans have been quick to raise a hint of caution.
They believe that Hughton was too defensively minded when in charge of the Canaries and it remains to be seen whether a similar approach will yield different results with Brighton.
For now, Hughton isn’t going to change and will always set his team up to be tough to beat first and foremost. Therefore, a bet on Brighton keeping a clean sheet could pay off at 11/4 with Bet365.
For a bigger return, the Brighton 2-0 score line looks worth a punt at 21/1 with BetVictor.
Anthony Knockaert was the main man for Brighton last season although there is a perception that he won’t have anything like the same impact in the Premier League. That’s a little unfair on a player who is only 25.
Knockaert will still be riding on a high from last season and against a defence which has all sorts of problems this season he can grab his first goal of the campaign at odds of 57/17 with 888Sport.
Brighton will make no apologies for arriving at the Vitality Stadium with the express aim of frustrating Bournemouth.
The Cherries have always wanted to get the ball on the floor and take the game to their opposition but Brighton will be content to stay organised, get men behind the ball and maximise their counterattacking opportunities.
Therefore, the Brighton wide players have an important role as they must track the runs of the Bournemouth wing-backs whilst also remaining switched on to get forward and expose the home side when they over commit.
On the flip side, a top class performance from the Bournemouth midfield could turn the tide their way.
If the Cherries make intelligent use of the ball and are combative out of possession they could control the match and secure a big three points.
- Bournemouth and Brighton have faced each other in 104 competitive fixtures but this is their first meeting in the top flight
- The two sides have also been drawn to play each other in the Carabao Cup next week
- Bournemouth have not lost to Brighton since January 2008
- Bournemouth have scored just one goal in their four Premier League games so far while Brighton’s 3-0 win over West Brom saw them score their first goals in the Premier League
- It’s now seven Premier League games in a row in which Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet
Bournemouth – Begovic; Cook, Aké, Francis; Arter, Gosling, Surman, Ibe, Daniels; King, Defoe
Brighton – Ryan; Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, Rosenior; Pröpper, Stephens, March, Knockaert, Gross; Hemed