Brighton v Bournemouth Betting Tips – 1st January 2018
The New Year is a time of reflection. For everybody involved with Brighton and Bournemouth there is certainly a huge number of recent positives on which to reflect.
Brighton secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time last season and have so far made a good fist of remaining in the top flight.
Bournemouth’s own journey to the Premier League came some years earlier but the way they’ve gone about their business against English football’s elite is a credit to the way the club is run.
As two managers who understand just how difficult life is in the top flight, Chris Hughton and Eddie Howe will only allow themselves limited time to reflect on the past. They know that football is all about the future and that neither team is far away from being dragged into a prolong relegation battle.
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While Hughton and Howe both have their fans the two managers approach the game in different ways.
Hughton is much more likely to shut up shop and was criticised by sections of the Norwich support for supposedly negative tactics when he was in charge at Carrow Road.
In stark contrast, Howe has been criticised for being tactically naïve at times. Bournemouth’s entertaining nature was there for all to see when they drew 3-3 in a pulsating Boxing Day match against West Ham.
The Cherries’ fans are knowledgeable and understand that it’s not going to work all the time (look at the way Liverpool tore Bournemouth to pieces recently) but they’d much rather Howe continues to go about things the ‘right’ way.
Having already beaten Brighton twice this season in league and cup, you can be sure that Howe will instruct his players to get the ball forward whenever possible against Brighton. For their part, the Seagulls will be organised when out of possession but the importance of this fixture at home means they too will seek out goalscoring opportunities.
This could be an excellent match for the neutrals and we recommend you try to capitalise on the action by backing over 2.5 goals at 17/10 with Marathonbet.
We also think that both teams to score is very well priced at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
Back Brighton to Avoid Defeat in a Game Which Could Go Either Way
After 21 games of the Premier League season, Brighton are considerably happier with their lot than Bournemouth. The Seagulls are only a few wins away from a comfortable midtable position but then again, several teams have plummeted down the table already and Brighton could quickly find themselves in trouble.
Bournemouth are considerably closer to the relegation trap door but as the away team, they’ll be under less pressure than Brighton.
This is looks a very tight game which could easily be won by either side but we think Brighton will do enough to avoid a third defeat of the season against Bournemouth.
Therefore, the Brighton/Draw double chance is well worth taking at 6/17 with Unibet.
Knockaert In Need of a Big Performance
Bournemouth have only won two away games all season. There are many reasons for their poor showing on the road but the main concern is the number of times Bournemouth have conceded first.
Hughton knows the importance of scoring first and Brighton certainly look well priced to get the game’s first goal at 9/10 with Winner.
As for the individual player to score first, Anthony Knockaert is a tempting option at 9/1 with William Hill.
The French winger has struggled to replicate the form of last season in the Premier League but he’s no quitter and remains desperate to prove himself in the top flight. Knockaert is dangerous when cutting in from wide positions and may just exploit the porous Bournemouth defence.
Top Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 17/10 with Marathonbet
Both teams to score at 11/10 with Ladbrokes
Brighton/draw double chance at 6/17 with Unibet
Brighton to score first at 9/10 with Winner
Anthony Knockaert to score first at 9/1 with William Hill