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Brighton vs Southampton - South coast battle tipped for tight tussle

Southampton will be fighting hard for a draw
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Will Brighton & Hove Albion be left frustrated as they host southern rivals Southampton? (Getty Images)

Brighton vs Southampton Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Brighton & Hove Albion are in superior form as they host Southampton at the AMEX Stadium. Saints sit bottom of the English Premier League and will gladly take a point to get their season back on track.

Brighton & Hove Albion FC Form & Team News


Brighton have started the season well under new manager Graham Potter. The Seagulls won 3-0 at Watford with substitutes Florin Andone and Neal Maupay adding to an own goal and followed up with a 1-1 home draw against West Ham.

Leandro Trossard started on the wing and equalised but Brighton couldn’t score the winner. Confidence is high and Potter can improve his side by making some changes.

Andone and Maupay came off the bench again and will be options to start ahead of Glenn Murray. Yves Bissouma and Aaron Mooy offer alternatives in central midfield but winger José Izquierdo is injured. 

Brighton have drawn four of their last seven Premier League matches and another is priced at 3.40. A Seagulls victory is possible and can be backed at 2.37 in the win market.

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Graham Potter's start as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion is going well (Getty Images)

Southampton FC Form & Team News


Southampton have started the season with two straight Premier League defeats. The Saints lost 3-0 at Burnley and 2-1 at home against Liverpool. That result might be considered an improvement as Danny Ings pulled a goal back late on to give hope for a draw.

Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl played an extra central midfielder with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg partnering Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse. Che Adams’ position up front could be under threat after Ings’ strike against the Reds.

Southampton have drawn three of their last six Premier League matches and would welcome another one here. I think they can achieve it at 3.40, if you think they can go one further and win Southampton can be backed at 2.87.

Brighton vs Southampton Head to Head


Southampton have a 10-4 advantage against Brighton with eight draws in 22 encounters. The first EPL contest last season was a 2-2 draw in Southampton before the Saints won 1-0 in Brighton courtesy of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Brighton have drawn three of their last four meetings against Southampton in the English Premier League.

Brighton vs Southampton Match Up


Brighton will surely feature Florin Andone and Neal Maupay up front which should improve their attack. The Seagulls have done well in the transfer market and will want to see more from striker Maupay and winger Trossard. 

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Ralph Hasenhuttl will be desperate for Southampton to avoid 3 defeats in a row (Getty Images)

Southampton need a boost and will aim to keep this one tight. Hasenhüttl can’t afford another loss which could turn this into an arm wrestle.

Brighton vs Southampton Key Statistics


  • Brighton have drawn 4 of their last 7 Premier League matches.
  • Brighton have drawn 3 of their last 4 English Premier League meetings against Southampton.
  • Southampton have drawn 3 of their last 6 Premier League matches.

Verdict

Brighton will be a popular pick to extend Southampton’s losing run. I feel this one could go down to the wire so am siding with a 1-1 draw.

Best Bet: Draw @3.40 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @7.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Post bet analysis

Florin Andone's 30th minute red card gave Brighton too much to do. Hit the post in the 85th minute that would have made it 1-1, we think this one was a bit unlucky. 
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