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

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Brighton v Bournemouth

Premier League: Sat, 13/04  Stadium: Amex Stadium

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Despite their woeful run of form, Bournemouth have enough attacking personnel to trouble most opposition teams, so both sides to score looks to be a logical choice, available at 3/4 with Bet365. Brighton look well placed to pile more pressure on Eddie Howe’s side, and backed by a partisan home crowd they look good value to score a win at 5/4, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Struggling Brighton take on fast sinking Bournemouth in a fascinating clash at the Amex Stadium, with both sides desperate for three points.

Bournemouth heading into next season with zero momentum?

A disastrous run of results has seen Eddie Howe’s side nosedive down the Premier League table, with early season optimism of a top eight or ten finish now looking a distant dream. Whilst injuries to key personnel has played some part in their decline in the second half of the season, Howe will be seriously concerned about starting next season with little momentum or crumbs of comfort taken from this campaign.

Following their groundbreaking 4-0 win against Chelsea at the end of January that left them just two points behind seventh placed Wolves, they have endured a torrid run, winning just one of their last nine league games – against rock bottom Huddersfield Town. This type of form has seen them hurtle down the table, and although they are ten points clear of the relegation places, they will be desperate to end the season on a high.

Brighton look to bounce back after FA Cup exit

Bournemouth’s opponents have also had a not too dissimilar season, looking well placed to challenge for a top ten position before tailing off dramatically after Christmas and being sucked into a relegation dogfight. Brighton do at least have the comfort of a five point cushion on the last relegation spot and a game in hand on the two sides below them. However a crunch clash against Cardiff City awaits in midweek, a game that could take on even more significance if Cardiff win at Burnley on the weekend and Brighton slip to defeat against Bournemouth, thereby reducing the gap to potentially just two points.

Brighton’s last outing was a limp 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup, where Chris Hughton’s side simply refused to come out of their shell and attack City, despite trailing for the vast majority of the game. Their fans will surely demand more attacking intent against Saturday’s opponents, with the Cherries seemingly there for the taking based on current form.

Team News

Brighton will hope to be boosted by the return of Solly March and Pascal Gross. The influential duo missed the cup defeat last weekend, and their potential return will add much needed guile to the Seagulls.

Bournemouth are battling yet another injury crisis, with defender Charlie Daniels the latest victim. The key defender joins Steve Cook, Simon Francis, Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook on the sidelines, giving manager Eddie Howe plenty to ponder as he looks to arrest his side’s alarming run of form.

Brighton to pile more misery on visitors?

Given the away side’s current form and injury crisis, Chris Hughton will be rallying his troops and emphasizing that three points are there for the taking. Bournemouth have shown little inclination that they can get themselves out of their current rut, although Brighton will have to show much more intent, and less nerves than their last home fixture, a nervy 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Despite their woeful run of form, Bournemouth have enough attacking personnel to trouble most opposition teams, so both sides to score looks to be a logical choice, available at 3/4 with Bet365. Brighton look well placed to pile more pressure on Eddie Howe’s side, and backed by a partisan home crowd they look good value to score a win at 5/4, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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