Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton Match Preview and Predictions

EFL Cup Second Round 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton
England – League Cup
Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: The American Express Community Stadium, Falmer.

Brighton and Southampton take on each other in the lone all Premier League tie in the League Cup second round on Tuesday evening at The American Express Community Stadium in Falmer. The hosts head into it as slight favourites following their fine set of showings against the top flight heavyweights Manchester United and Liverpool in past two rounds.

However, the Saints have had a decent success in this competition lately and they will be anything but a naïve opposition for the hosts here. Southampton went on to reach the very final at Wembley two years ago when they were stopped by Manchester United who won 3-2 in spite of Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace on the occasion. That appearance in the final followed back-to-back League Cup quarter-finals for Southampton who have set their sights sky high in the competition they obviously love to play once again.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton: Head-to-head

Teams shared spoils in 1-1 draws home and away in the previous term of the Premier League.

Southampton were somewhat more successful over the course of history, though, winning 8 and losing 4 of 19 games against the Seagulls.

Both teams were on the scoresheet in all of last three head to head games.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton: Prediction

Mark Hughes does not have a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Falmer in spite of his team’s decent success in the League Cup in the past. The Saints took only one point in three opening games of the new Premier League season. It’s a bitterly disappointing return if we know the opposition involved Burnley, Everton and Leicester City. Scoring goals is team’s main issue as Southampton notched no more than two in last four matches, including a 0-3 loss to Borussia Monchegladbach in a friendly.

Knowing that the Seagulls conceded only one goal on Saturday afternoon when they impressively limited the likes of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mane to only a few goal-scoring chances, we have reasons to expect the Saints to struggle for goals at The AMEX. Brighton to quality is the main betting option at the odds of 1.70, while you can also back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 2.75.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton: Bet Tips

Brighton & Hove Albion to qualify @ 1.70

Brighton & Hove Albion to keep a clean sheet @ 2.75.