Brighton and Hove Albion vs Arsenal Preview

March 3, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Amex Stadium where Brighton and Hove Albion take on Arsenal.

The Seagulls are unbeaten in six games in all competitions – a run which has seen them make the last eight of the FA Cup and take eight points from twelve available in the league.

They remain just four points above the bottom three, though a win here could see them move into the top half depending on results elsewhere.

Chris Hughton make name the same side that thumped Swansea City last time out though he could call on Jiri Skalak who has recovered from an ankle problem.

Glenn Murray, who has scored seven goals in his last nine games is priced at 7.0 (6/1) to open the scoring ahead of 7.5 (13/2) chance Jurgen Locadia.

The home win is as highly priced as the 4.33 (10/3) on offer from William Hill with the visitors favourites at 1.98 (39/40) with Unibet, who have the draw at 3.65 (45/17).

The Gunners go into this game on a run of three straight defeats having been beaten in the second leg of their Europa League tie with Ostersunds before back-to-back 3-0 losses to Manchester City, first in the EFL Cup and then in the league.

They haven’t lost four games in a row since October 2002 and if they succumb to that fate here they could find themselves thirteen points off the top four depending on Tottenham Hotspur’s result against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

Jack Wilshere is still nursing the injury that kept him out of Thursday’s defeat to the league leaders while Nacho Monreal and Alexandre Lacazette also remain sidelined.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.5 (7/2) with most firms with Henrikh Mkhitaryan a 7.0 (6/1) chance with Unibet.

A goal in each half was enough to secure victory for Arsene Wenger’s men in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium back in October.

The Gunners have also triumphed on both of their visits to the Amex Stadium, winning 3-2 in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2013 and achieving the same scoreline at the same stage of the competition two years later.

However, you may be tempted to back Brighton to get something here and the home win/draw double chance is priced at 1.9 (9/10) with Unibet.

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