Arsenal take on Premier League newcomers Brighton in the noon kick-off Live on BT Sport on Sunday. There’s no recent head to head form between the two teams, apart from two FA Cup ties in 2013 and 2015, both won 3-2 by Arsenal.
Arsenal have won their last 8 home Premier League games, including all 3 this season. They’ve averaged a 3-1 score line over their 3 home games this season and are ranked 2nd in the home form table.
Brighton are yet to win away from home since gaining promotion to the Premier League, having lost twice and drawn once, scoring just the 1 goal.
Everything points to this being a routine home win for Arsenal and I really can’t see Brighton causing an upset. For my fun bet I’ll go for an Arsenal win and Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 with BetVictor.
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Brighton take on Newcastle at 4:00pm on Sky in a game that last year was played in The Championship. Both teams did well to win automatic promotion, with Newcastle just pipping Brighton to the title in the last game of the season.
Newcastle have started life in the Premier League the better of the two and currently sit a lofty 4th in the table. They didn’t get off to the best of starts, with back to back defeats to first Tottenham and then other new club Huddersfield, but 3 wins on the bounce have seen them rise up the table and they are the form team going into this match. Last season they also lost their opening 2 games and that didn’t stop them going on to achieve great things.
Brighton also lost their first two matches of the season, but haven’t managed to match Newcastle’s results since then; picking up 4 points from their last 3 matches. They are yet to win at home this season and may find things difficult against a Newcastle team that are flying at the moment.
Last season, in the Championship, Newcastle did the double over their promotion rivals, which was their only league meeting in recent years. In the home match Brighton lost 2-1, thanks to 2 late Newcastle goals.
I feel it’ll be a tight game and for my fun bet I’ll go for there being less than 2.5 goals scored at 4/7 with bet365
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It’s been a poor start to the season for Bournemouth with no points from their first 4 matches and they’re only kept off the bottom of the table by virtue that they’ve scored a goal, where as Crystal Palace are yet to find the back of the net.
In the 2 games they’ve played at home so far this season, they lost rather surprisingly 2 – 0 to Watford; who only managed to finish 1 place above the relegation zone last year, but have started this season much better, currently sitting 4th in the table and 2 -1 to Manchester City, who have also started the season well, but only scored the winning goal in the 6th minute of injury time.
Last year Bournemouth finished a creditable 9th in the table and I’m sure everyone around the club was expecting a better start than they’ve had.
Friday night sees them take on newly promoted Brighton in the game being shown live on Sky Sports. It’ll be the first of 2 games in a week, played between the clubs, as they’ll be doing it all again on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup.
Brighton lost their first 2 matches after promotion to the Premier League, but now seem to have got to grip with things better and they followed up a good away point at Watford (who were down to 10 men for 66 minutes of the match) with their first win in the Premier League, at home to WBA.
In their more recent games at home to Brighton, Bournemouth have held the upper hand with 2 wins and a draw, with the most recent being a 3 -2 win in The Championship in November 2014. A season that saw Bournemouth promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history and Brighton finish a lowly 20th.
Despite their poor start to the season I fancy Bournemouth to finally get their season started and take all 3 points in the Friday night encounter.
Bournemouth can currently be backed to win at 6/5 with both Paddy Power and Betfair.