Brighton v Arsenal Betting Tips – 4th March 2018
Whatever happens in the future, Chris Hughton will have a special place in Brighton and Hove Albion’s history as the man who guided the team into the Premier League for the first time.
However, last year’s promotion did not mark the first time that the Seagulls have played in the top flight.
They spent four seasons in the old Division 1 between 1979 and 1983. While older fans will remember those heady days fondly, they’re happy to forget the 34 years of struggle that followed their relegation.
You can tell Brighton fans that relegation into the Championship wouldn’t be anywhere near as disastrous as much as you like but an understandable sense of pessimism runs through the fanbase given all they’ve endured over the years.
If Hughton is able to retain Brighton’s top flight status this season he’ll never have to buy a drink in East Sussex again. The team are 12th in the table at the moment but they have several tough matches still to play, starting with the visit of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal’s Away Day Problems to Continue
When you look at the problems that Brighton have overcome over the last couple of decades you’d think that Arsenal fans would be able to put their own woes in context. But that’s just not how football fans think.
Moreover, Arsenal fans have a right to be angry at their team’s continued drop in standards.
Arsene Wenger’s side were absolutely woeful in the Carabao Cup final and are almost certain to miss out on the Champions League for a second season on the bounce.
The Gunners have more problems than Jay Z but their away form is particularly troubling.
Not only have Arsenal been beaten seven times on their travels already but they’ve picked up just one point away to the Premier League’s bottom three sides.
The general feeling is that it’s just too easy for the opposition to outwork and outfight this current Arsenal team. Brighton, who are very well drilled under Hughton’s management, will certainly test that hypothesis on Sunday.
Arsenal have the individual quality to win this game but football is not an individual sport and the collective Brighton unit should at least avoid defeat. So, back the Brighton/draw double chance at evens with Unibet.
Murray to Make the Most of Arsenal’s Fragile Defence
When Glenn Murray returned for his second spell at Brighton the fans viewed him as a decent option to have off the bench. But the 34-year-old was having none of that.
The experienced striker is having his best all round season in the Premier League and looks set to lead the line until the end of the campaign at least.
Murray will be relishing the chance to have a battle with an Arsenal defence which has had all sorts of problems this season. Murray will pose a particularly big threat from crosses into the box and is a good price to score at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Brighton to Relish the Role of Spoilers
It’s been far from plain sailing for Brighton this season but they have shown a tremendous ability to learn lessons from some chastening results.
Hughton knows that asking his team to try and outplay Arsenal is footballing suicide. Instead, the home side will be happy to spoil Arsenal’s afternoon by limiting them space in which to operate.
Arsenal may well find the net as the game wears on but expect Brighton to be relatively comfortable in the early stages. You can capitalise on this by betting on the 0-0 half time score at 9/4 with William Hill and for the second half to have more goals than the first at 111/100 with Marathonbet.