Brighton v Stoke Betting Tips
This week’s Monday Night Football takes in a trip to the seaside as Brighton host Stoke at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls are on a run of four games without defeat and have only lost once at home since winning promotion to the Premier League. While the Brighton fans will be confident about their chances, manager Chris Hughton knows not to treat Stoke lightly.
After some tough results and his fair share of criticism, Mark Hughes strengthened his position at the Potters thanks to four points from their last two games. That included a 1-0 win away to Watford which will give Stoke belief of their own.
With two capable, confident teams, we should be in for an interesting encounter in front of the TV cameras.
Home Comforts to Make the Difference for Brighton
One swallow does not make a summer. Similarly, one win and a draw does not mean that Mark Hughes and Stoke are out of the woods just yet.
The Welshman is experienced enough as a player and manager to understand that fans just sometimes get a little bit bored with the status quo.
Hughes has done a demonstrably good job at Stoke, leading the club to three consecutive ninth placed finishes. But Stoke fans are stating to wonder what else is out there after placing 13th last season.
The same thing would likely happen to Chris Hughton if he were to achieve something similar at Brighton.
For now, though, Hughton’s popularity is sky high down on the south coast.
Hughton has overcome a great deal during his time at Brighton. He guided them from a relegation threatened side in the Championship, past the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on promotion and to the Promised Land of the Premier League in just a few short years.
The early signs are that Brighton will have every chance of remaining in the top flight, especially given their strength at home.
The last time these two met, Stoke were comfortable 3-0 winners. They’ll be anything but comfortable at the Amex and we think Brighton will show how far they’ve come with a win at 29/20 with Sportingbet.
Go Against the Grain and Bet on Goals
Both Hughton and Hughes have developed reputations as managers who concentrate more on defence than attack.
You may think that would result in a low scoring game at the Amex Stadium but we think this could actually turn into an entertaining encounter.
The 22 games these two have played between them this season has yielded just one 0-0 draw and both teams will look at this as a very good chance to win.
The bookies are clearly expecting a low scoring game but we recommend going against the grain and backing over 2.5 goals at 11/8 with Boylesports.
However, don’t expect the game to get off to a fast start. We’re predicting a slow burner that really comes to life in the latter stages. So, a bet on the second half having more goals than the first should prove profitable at 6/5 with William Hill.
Knockaert Warming to the Premier League
Anthony Knockaert was the most important player in Brighton’s successful promotion campaign last year. The Frenchman was similarly important to Leicester when they were in the Championship but the Foxes sold him as they didn’t believe he could produce his best stuff on the top flight.
After a slow start to the season, Knockaert scored his first goal of the campaign against Everton and was the man of the match last time out against Swansea.
With his confidence flowing, Knockaert can start terrorising Premier League defences like he did in the Championship and represents a good first goalscorer option at 19/2 with BetVictor.
Top Betting Offers
Brighton to win at 29/20 with Sportingbet
Over 2.5 goals at 11/8 with Boylesports
Second half to have more goals than the first at 6/5 with William Hill
Anthony Knockaert to score first at 19/2 with BetVictor