Bournemouth vs Brighton
English Premier League – Season 2017/18
Date: Friday, 15th September 2017
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth).
The pressure is mounting on Eddie Howe as the Cherries fell to their fourth straight defeat against Arsenal last weekend. The 3-0 score-line tell most about their woes, but the defeat could have been more humiliating if not for some brilliant saves from Asmir Begovic.
The attacking unit remain a key area of worry for Howe. Expect a scorcher from Charlie Daniels in the 1-2 defeat against Man City; Bournemouth had failed to score in three of the four games this season.
On the other hand, Brighton bagged their first win of the season at the expense of West Brom last weekend. It was a totally different approach from Chris Houghton who made attack the priority as against defensive tactics he used in first three games. And the team was rightfully rewarded by scoring three top notch goals. This is particularly encouraging for the Seagulls, who fired blanks in the first three games.
Bournemouth vs Brighton: Head-to-head
This is the first Premier League meeting between Bournemouth and Brighton.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in the last five meetings with the Seagulls with 3 wins and 2 draws. This includes back-to-back wins in the Cherries’ promotion winning Championship campaign of 2014/15.
Brighton managed just 1 win in their 7 visits to Bournemouth, drew 2 and lost 4.
Bournemouth vs Brighton: Prediction
Expect a cagey affair as Bournemouth look to get back to winning ways to avoid a disaster. Their priority will be to avoid a defeat and therefore a careful start to the match is very likely.
Meantime, Brighton are likely to prioritize defending to avoid an immediate defeat after registering their first win of the season 5 days ago. A poor away record against Bournemouth is another factor that prompt them to do so.
Therefore, goals will be at premium and the under 2.5 goal markets seem to be the best option for this fixture. And for full-time results, Bournemouth could do well to avoid a defeat here.
Bournemouth vs Brighton: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals for 1.75 with Betfair.
Double Chance – Bournemouth or Draw at 1.30 with Betfair.