Arsenal v Brighton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Brighton Hove Albion

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Thursday, December 5, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Alexandre Lacazette generally poses a lack of threat away from the Emirates Stadium, but at home he rarely fails to deliver – back the Frenchman to open the scoring at 3/1 with Bet365. Arsenal don’t do clean sheets so the Gunners to win but both teams to score also looks the logical bet and can be found at an appealing looking 7/4, again with Bet365.

Struggling Arsenal take on a Brighton side slowly sinking into the relegation battle, with both sides desperate for three points ahead of a busy December schedule.

Emery Out, can Ljungberg spark a revival?

The big talking point at the Emirates Stadium will be how interim manager fares in his first home game since taking over from the sacked Unai Emery. The hapless Spainard’s last few home games at home were characterized by the same toxic atmosphere that gripped his predecessor’s Arsene Wenger’s final few months at the helm, with ‘Emery Out’ banners becoming more and more noticeable.

On the evidence of Ljungberg’s first game in charge, little has changed in the short space of time he has had with his players. Defensive frailties remain, with Arsenal’s defence looking susceptible each time even a modest Norwich City side surged forward. The goalkeeping heroics of Bernd Leno managed to save him from a defeat in his first game in charge, but the likes of Manchester City, who visit the Emirates in ten days time will be licking their lips at the prospect of going at Arsenal’s shaky rearguard.

Brighton performances not being matched by points
Despite slipping to just one point outside the relegation places by the time they kick off against the Gunners, Brighton have not been playing particularly badly, but just not being able to quite get over the line in terms of results. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at league leaders Liverpool for example could have easily ended up a different story, whilst defeats to Leicester City and Manchester United have completed a tough run of fixtures/three defeats in a row for the Seagulls.

Curiously in those three defeats, Brighton have enjoyed more possession in each game compared to their more illustrious opponents, a clear sign of a change in strategy under new manager Graham Potter compared to the direct approach of seasons gone by. Whilst the Seagulls may be more pleasing on the eye, they need to turn this new found possession into tangible results and points on the board, or they might find themselves in the relegation places very soon.

Team News

Arsenal have no new injury concerns although right-back Hector Bellerin has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and may struggle to make the squad. Fellow defender Rob Holding and midfielder Dani Ceballos are definitely ruled out.

Brighton full-back Bernardo is back in the squad after a three months absence with a knee injury. Solly March and forward Jose Izquierdo are still sidelined with groin and knee injuries respectively.

Unpredictable Gunners should have enough quality

Arsenal despite all their troubles this season are at least undefeated in the Premier League at home so far this campaign, and it would take an exceptional Brighton performance to change that statistic. Brighton have not won since the opening day of the season (against a dismal Watford side) and despite their new found passing game, often lack the killer punch to really trouble opposition teams on a regular basis. Backed by what will be an energized home crowd, Ljungberg should be celebrating his first three points as a full-time manager by the end of the evening.

Punter's Pick

Alexandre Lacazette generally poses a lack of threat away from the Emirates Stadium, but at home he rarely fails to deliver – back the Frenchman to open the scoring at 3/1 with Bet365. Arsenal don’t do clean sheets so the Gunners to win but both teams to score also looks the logical bet and can be found at an appealing looking 7/4, again with Bet365.

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