Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal Match Preview, Head to Head Statistics & Predictions
Arsenal will be full of confidence and aiming to build on the morale boosting victory over Chelsea when they travel to the South Coast to take on Brighton in Tuesday’s Premier League action.
Brighton & Hove Albion
The hosts, Brighton go into this fixture on the back of a 2-2 draw with West Ham United in which they would feel they should have taken all three points. Graham Potter’s men were unable to secure all three points in that game despite going in front twice and being pegged back by west ham. Brighton need some points fast or risk being dragged into the relegation fight as they are now just two points clear of safety.
One win in 12 games for Brighton makes for grim reading and Potter must know that if this form continues, a slide down the table will be inevitable and that’s something the seagulls must avoid. He will however be pleased by the number of chances they created from open play against west ham and the ability to carve open the west ham defence on occasion will give them an attacking platform to build on ahead of this clash.
Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey missed out the draw with the Hammers due to a hamstring issue, but Potter has reassured supporters that the highly-rated youngster’s injury is not serious and he should be back soon.
Lamptey could come back in for Ben White on the right-hand side if he is deemed fit, while Davy Propper is in line for a recall to the midfield with only 48 hours for Brighton to recover.
Predicted Brighton XI: Sanchez; Webster, Dunk, Burn; Veltman, Bissouma, Propper, March; Maupay, Trossard; Welbeck
The Gunners produced their best performance of the season to defeat Chelsea 3-1 and arrest their poor form at least in the meantime. Goals from Lacazette, the much maligned Xhaka and Bukayo Saka helped Mikel Arteta’s men to claim all three points against one of the contenders. Even though Chelsea were nowhere near their best, Arsenal’s young guns played excellently to collect a vital three points and distance themselves from the danger zone.
Arteta’s side will now be aiming to win their first away match in the Premier League since a 1-0 win over Manchester United earlier in the season. Arsenal however are yet to win a game at the Amex stadium and have suffered defeats in their last two visits here so the gunners will be itching to get one over the seagulls and improve their standing in the rankings.
David Luiz and Willian are ill but have both tested negative for COVID-19, while Thomas Partey will not recover in time for the journey to the South Coast either. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shook off a calf problem to make the bench against Chelsea and he is expected to be recalled here, while Nicolas Pepe could start on the opposite flank.
Predicted Arsenal XI – Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Head to Head Statistics
Brighton have become somewhat of a bogey team for Arsenal since the Seagulls earned promotion to the big time. Brighton won the last two meetings both at AMEX Stadium and Emirates by a goal margin, both teams have scored in the last five meetings but Arsena haven’t won against Brighton since 2017.
- Arsenal Win/Draw
- Over 1.5 Match Goals
- Over 2.5 Bookings
- Lacazette Over 1.5 Shots on Target
- Correct Score: 1-2