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

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Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League: Sun, 05/05  Stadium: Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal should fashion enough chances to get the goal or two they need to secure all three points, but Brighton are unlikely to fold easily, therefore under 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Bet365 merits a good look. Brighton with a +2 goal handicap at 10/11 with the same firm looks an interesting proposition, especially with the chance to cash out should Brighton nick a goal at some stage or hold Arsenal at bay into the second half.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Champions League chasing Arsenal take on a Brighton side now assured of safety following Cardiff City’s untimely 3-2 defeat on Saturday evening, a result that should help the visitors relax and enjoy their trip to London.

Familiar problems remain for Gunners

The departure of Arsene Wenger was met with much optimism by Gunners’ fans, with the hope that new manager Unai Emery would reinvigorate the side and address some of the failings that blighted Wenger’s final few seasons. Whilst the new manager has shown a lot more tactical flexibility than Wenger, frequently changing formations and patterns of play, sometimes even during games, the familiar failings in defence and midfield still seem to remain, with question marks about if Arsenal really have the stomach for a fight when things are not going their way.

Their defence still remains as vulnerable as ever, as evident by only one clean sheet away from the Emirates Stadium all season. 49 goals shipped so far is more than both Liverpool and Manchester City combined, meaning the Gunners have often been indebted to their forwards to bail them out of trouble time and time again, a trait that comes straight from the Wenger era.

Brighton safe but big decisions this summer?

Brighton did head into the latest round of fixtures still under threat from Cardiff City, who needed to win their last two games to put pressure on Brighton to get a win against either Arsenal or Manchester City at home on the last day of the season. The Bluebirds however failed to put away their chances and went down to a 3-2 defeat, paving the way for the Seagulls to enjoy a third successive season in the Premier League.

However the fact that they have survived will have not fooled anyone at the club, including manager Chris Hughton. Too often players have underperformed this season, whilst new signings have come in and failed to make any real impression. Their style of play looks tired and dated compared to progressive teams such as Wolves who have got promoted and will now finish seventh. Hughton will have serious decisions to make in the summer, especially with key striker Glen Murray approaching 35 years of age, and with the supporting cast failing to support the veteran striker this campaign.

Contrasting home and away records

Whilst Arsenal have been indifferent away from home and prone to collapse at the first sign of pressure, at home they have been much more impressive, racking up fourteen wins, behind only Manchester City and Liverpool for home points won this season.

By contrast Brighton have pretty much awful on their travels this season, picking up just three wins and twelve points in total. Only the relegated trio of Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield Town have worse records, so they will need to address their shortcomings away from the Amex Stadium in the summer, or another season of struggles away next campaign.

Team News

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is expected to be fit despite being substituted against Valencia because of a recurring achilles problem. Long-term injury absentees Rob Holding, Hector Bellerín are out, joined by Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez and Danny Welbeck. Welshman Ramsey will not feature in an Arsenal shirt again after a season ending hamstring injury.

Brighton winger Jose Izquierdo has been ruled out by a recurrence of knee injury, whilst influential midfielder Davy Propper is still sidelined by a hamstring injury. Beram Kayal has overcome a similar injury that forced him off last weekend and will be available to play.

Arsenal to end poor league run

Despite four defeats in their last five games, including three in succession, Arsenal will fancy their chances of taking all three points against a Brighton side who although will defend resolutely, are unlikely to have enough quality in the final third so seriously trouble an under pressure Arsenal defence. With Arsenal’s attackers such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still churning out the goals despite the run of defeats, a clean sheet and welcome three points both look on the cards on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal should fashion enough chances to get the goal or two they need to secure all three points, but Brighton are unlikely to fold easily, therefore under 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Bet365 merits a good look. Brighton with a +2 goal handicap at 10/11 with the same firm looks an interesting proposition, especially with the chance to cash out should Brighton nick a goal at some stage or hold Arsenal at bay into the second half.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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