Premier League: Red Devils Redemption?

Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion won their first Premier League meeting with Manchester United this season, but they know they can’t look too much in the past. Not against these awakened and much-better Red Devils, at least.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen the best start for a new manager in United history, and he will be looking to extend that record as he further solidifies his case to be the permanent manager of the club after this campaign.

There’s renewed hope and a change of energy surrounding the organisation as well, and while Brighton have proven they can hold their ground against top teams, they might be biting off more than they can chew against this Manchester United squad.

Talking Points

Six wins in six games in all competitions have United flying high again. They remain sixth in the standings, but they are now level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal.

The Red Devils, in fact, could surpass the Gunners with a victory against Brighton this weekend, especially with Unai Emery’s men up for a tough challenge against Chelsea.

Perhaps, the biggest difference with Manchester United is their offence. The shackles called ‘Park the Bus’ by Jose Mourinho had been removed with the departure of The Special One and the arrival of Solskjaer.

Manchester United are playing with more freedom now, and that is clear with the 15 league goals (17 overall) they have scored so far under Solskjaer. That’s a rate of three goals per game!

In comparison, United made just 29 goals in the 17 matches that Mourinho managed—a production that saw them make less than two goals per contest. Even more disturbing is the fact that they also conceded 29 during that poor stretch.

Solskjaer has undoubtedly brought out the best in his players, particularly from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Marcus Rashford has been tearing up the Premier League as he is now one of the primary attacking options of the Red Devils

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United’s lone goal against Tottenham Hotspur

Rashford, who was seemingly falling out of Mourinho’s favour, had a sudden resurgence and is now one of the primary attacking options of the team. The 21-year-old has brought his tally to eight, last scoring the lone goal in their win versus Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile, Pogba is finally being used correctly. Often the subject of criticisms for his poor performances—which was not helped by his highly-publicised disagreements with Mourinho—the 25-year-old star midfielder appears to be back to his old, usual self.

The French World Cup champion has contributed four goals and four assists in five Premier League games since Solskjaer took over.

Brighton will be wary of the new threat that Manchester United offer. Unfortunately, their prospects of winning look dim considering their recent struggles. The Seagulls have taken only five points out of a possible 21 in their last seven fixtures, winning just once in that period.

If there is one positive thing about Chris Hughton’s outfit, it that they are a pretty decent team defensively. They limited the high-octane attack of Liverpool to just one goal in both of their encounters this year and played out a 1-1 stalemate with Arsenal late last month.

History

Manchester United couldn’t wish for better Premier League 2019 results, having won their two league matches at the start of the New Year. Nonetheless, they still have plenty to prove, with the top four a little far away.

As mentioned, this match with Brighton is like a revenge game for the Red Devils. They lost 3-2 to the Seagulls at Sussex the last time out, behind goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross.

Last year, Brighton also won their home game versus United, bagging a 1-0 victory after the 27-year-old Gross fired them through with a 57th-minute winner.

It should be noted, however, that United haven’t lost against Brighton at Old Trafford since their promotion in the 2017-18 season. They met twice at the famed stadium—one in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup—and United won both fixtures while keeping Brighton scoreless.

Betting Tip

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Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion First Half 1X2 Draw @ 2.41
January 19, 23:00 (GMT+8)

The Premier League 2019 odds at us unsurprisingly lean in favour of Manchester United…and by a HUGE MARGIN!

It’s quite difficult to bet against the Red Devils given the way they are playing right now. Winning consistently has a positive effect on the confidence of the players and the team as a whole, and Manchester United are showing that.

Brighton can only hope to limit the expected damage Manchester United will cause, and I think they will do just that.

I think the Seagulls will employ a defensive-minded approach to neutralise the free-flowing United attack. Although I believe the home team will come out on top, a first-half draw is a plausible outcome.

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Premier League: Mo on the Mark to Shoot Down Seagulls

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League today thanks to a hard-fought win at the Amex Stadium.

Mo Salah scored the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot, to get Jurgen Klopp’s title challenge back on track.  Brighton made it very tough, and this was a huge result for the Reds. The title chase looks like going right down to the wire, and you won’t miss a single twist or turn right here at us.

Liverpool fans will now be nervously watching the Premier League 2019 results over the rest of the weekend, particularly Manchester City’s home game against Wolves on Monday night. But for now, the league table looks just fine for the Merseysiders.

Highlights of the game

This was never going to be easy for Liverpool against a Brighton side which is strong at home, and the first half was very hard work for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Liverpool saw plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges but the Seagulls’ defence was well organised as ever, and it took until the tenth minute for the Reds to carve out an opening. Andy Robertson put in a super cross just behind Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino got on the end of it but poked the ball just wide.

Brighton made a foray into the visitors’ half, and Pascal Gross swung in a cross which leading scorer Glenn Murray headed over the bar. Then Xherdan Shaqiri came close to breaking the deadlock, on 27 minutes, when he headed a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross just wide. But for all the Reds’ possession, they couldn’t produce a clear-cut chance before the break.

Brighton's David Button vs Mo Salah during their Premier League clash

Brighton’s David Button looks dejected

The Reds managed their first shot on target, on 48 minutes, when Mo Salah put Sadio Mane through, but his low shot was well saved by David Button.

Liverpool are rumoured to be preparing a £15m bid to bring Pascal Gross to Anfield but they probably didn’t expect much help from him in this game. It was Gross who presented the Reds with their chance when he put in a clumsy tackle to bring Salah down in the penalty area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and the Egyptian hitman climbed to his feet to power the ball through Button’s hand and into the net.

It was hard on Brighton who had defended so well, and Gross tried to make amends at the other end only to see his shot charged down by Fabinho. The Seagulls were still in the game as the Reds held a slender lead and forced a succession of corners. But Liverpool are always dangerous. When Firmino burst through on goal, Button managed to deflect the ball wide.

For all Brighton’s good defensive work, they didn’t really threaten the Liverpool goal. And it was the visitors who looked likely to add to their lead as the clock ticked down. Salah did well to put Sane in for a late attempt, but his shot was deflected wide. Salah himself should have scored when James Milner squared to him but he scuffed his shot.

Key statistics

While Liverpool had enjoyed over 77 per cent possession by half-time, they could only muster four attempts on goal and none on target.

The Reds fired three at Button’s goal in the second half as they won the full match shot count by ten to seven, but the Seagulls didn’t manage a single shot on Liverpool’s goal.

Salah’s penalty was, amazingly, the fourth awarded to Liverpool since Christmas Day! It was Mo Salah’s 14th goal of the league season. And the Reds have now won all six of the meetings between these two sides since 2011. It ended a decent run for the Seagulls who had won two and drawn two of the last four games.

The Premier League 2019 odds are still backing the Reds, but anything other than a win today would have changed that. It was a narrow victory, but still three priceless points.

What’s next?

Liverpool have never lost back-to-back Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans at the end of the match

Brighton have another tough game against a top-six team next week when they visit Old Trafford. Liverpool fans will be cheering the Seagulls on against Manchester United as the Red Devils attempt to continue their upturn in form.

Liverpool’s recent defeat to Manchester City piled the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s team, but they have responded well and can look forward to a return to home next week. It’s back to Anfield where the visitors are Brighton’s rivals, Crystal Palace, and a great chance for the Reds to keep marching on.

 

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Premier League: Will the Seagulls Make a Total Mess of Liverpool’s New Year?

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool

Seagulls can be a pest at the best of times, so Jurgen Klopp will be wary of an unwelcome ambush when Liverpool take a trip to Brighton for their Premier League clash this weekend.

The league leaders will be desperate to avoid a third consecutive defeat at this pivotal point in the season. Their Premier League 2018 results couldn’t have been much better, as the Reds entered 2019 unbeaten. But defending champions Manchester City soon put paid to that! And a rapid FA Cup exit has made it two defeats in two this year.

Under Chris Hughton, Brighton continue to overachieve. One of the brightest managers in the league has guided his team to a mid-table position, but they need a few points yet to earn another season at the top table.

It’s a cracking game for us football fans to wrestle with; by no means a foregone conclusion.

Talking Points

Home form is key to Seagulls’ survival

The Seagulls defied expectations last season with a successful campaign in their first foray into the Premier League, entirely down to their home form. While they were in the relegation mix for most of the season, only four teams managed to win at the Amex Stadium.

And they are in good form on home soil again, losing only one of the last seven games in Brighton. Coach Hughton has done a superb job, but he has been quick to heap praise on his opposite number today. He said: “At this moment Liverpool are the best team in the league. Anything we can get will show how far we’ve come. I think Jurgen Klopp has been outstanding for the game here.

“Liverpool are better prepared and it’s all led by him.”

I can’t imagine Chris will expect any favours for his kind words. But he will have a plan to frustrate the Reds with his well-drilled defence, bolstered by the signing of Bernardo from Leipzig. And his other big summer recruit, striker Florin Andone, has started to find his feet, scoring in the FA Cup win at Bournemouth last weekend.

But the Seagull’s biggest threat will be Glenn Murray. If he doesn’t score, then Brighton can struggle in front of goal. The experienced striker has bagged eight goals this season, including his usual smattering of cleverly earned penalties. But second top scorer, with four, is big defender Shane Duffy.

Premier League: Brighton striker Glenn Murray will be a big threat for Liverpool

Glenn Murray in action for Brighton & Hove Albion against Arsenal

The Reds must keep the faith

Liverpool had a chance to go ten points clear at the top of the league, but defeat to Manchester City has sent the Premier League 2019 betting markets spinning back in favour of the Sky Blues. Following that up with a limp display to crash out of the FA Cup against Wolves was not the reaction Klopp expected; even though he made several changes, he would have expected his fringe players to fight for a shirt and they simply didn’t.

But two games can’t change a season unless you let them. Klopp has an abundance of riches at his disposal. Mo Salah has been named African Player of the Year after a phenomenal 2018 and he has already scored 13 league goals, alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino with eight each. Xherdan Shaqiri has provided another threat from wide midfield weighing in with six, so this remains a formidable attacking line-up.

Klopp does have a few issues in defence, though. With Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez out, Fabinho could be called on to partner the towering Virgil wan Dijk at centre-back. But Van Dijk is such an imposing presence I expect him to handle Murray and co.

History

Liverpool won all five of the meetings between these two sides since 2011, including a very hard-earned 1-0 win at Anfield earlier in the season. Mo Salah scored the goal which sent the Reds to the top of the league after three games.

Brighton’s home form is good, but not as good as Liverpool’s away record; the Reds have won eight and drawn two on the road, with just that solitary loss at the Etihad.

Betting Tip

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Asian Handicap +1.50 @ 2.05
January 12, 23:00 (GMT+8)

Brighton could really do with a point from this game as they make the trip up to Old Trafford next to face a resurgent Manchester United. Although the Seagulls have a nice ten-point cushion above the drop zone, they would like to avoid embarking on a losing run as they try to reach the safety mark. And they generally do so well at the Amex.

Liverpool are at odds of 1.92 with that handicap which, after a couple of poor results, looks a little shaky to me. I can’t see the Reds running away with it, but they might just battle out a single goal win to keep their title bid on track.

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Premier League: Hazard in a Class of his Own

As Premier League games go, this is what is often described as a ‘free hit’.

For Brighton that is.

On the back of six points from their last nine and sitting comfortably in 13th place, it was widely accepted anything they could gain from the high-flying aristocrats of West London was a bonus.

In the end, however, the contest went the way most us fans and Premier League 2018 betting odds expected as one man showed his undoubted class.

Highlights of the game

Fresh from their best win of the season against the side which took their champions crown, there was no surprise that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri stuck with the same starting XI.

That meant Eden Hazard continued to lead the line.

Wherever you play him, of course, he can hurt opponents and so it proved in the 17th minute. His initial shot came back to him and the Belgian powered past his marker and, just as he seemed set to shoot, played a perfect pass across the face of goal where Pedro couldn’t miss.

It meant Hazard had set up goals in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time

In under 20 minutes, the lead was doubled and the match effectively won.

So many of the Premier League 2018 news stories have focused on Hazard this term and he was superb yet again.

Willian released the Chelsea number 10 and as he outpaced the home defence, the outcome was never in doubt.

The only surprise was that this was his first goal for nine games.

From that moment, the unsung heroes of the top flight in the first half of the season – launched by the notable scalp of defeating Man Utd in their first home match of the campaign– were beaten.

Antonio Rudiger came close to heading home just before half-time as Brighton were very much second best and Hazard showed he is human within a minute of the restart when he failed to connect with a gilt-edged opportunity.

Had Marco Alonso not seen his drive clip the outside of the post, the hosts may have been totally deflated but, literally with the next attack, they were back in the game.

Brighton & Hove Albion failed to defeat Premier League 2018 betting odds

Solly March’s effort came up short for Brighton & Hove Albion to win vs Chelsea

Bernardo nodded a dangerous cross back across goal and Solly March got to the ball before David Luiz to flick home.

Thirteen of Brighton’s 20 league goals this season have come via a set-piece with the returning Glenn Murray’s goals alone worth nine points (a joint league-high with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Everton’s Richarlison).

However, Murray was largely starved of service as the multi-millionaires of Chelsea made their dominance tell and they saw the match out fairly comfortably.

It was a much-needed victory for Chelsea who had lost their last two Premier League away games to Spurs and Wolves, having sustained just one defeat in the previous nine (won seven, drawn one).

Key statistics

Hazard now has a league-high nine assists, more than double the tally he managed in 34 appearances last season.

Striker Alvaro Morata missed out altogether after suffering a knee injury against MOL Vidi in their midweek Europa League encounter, prompting speculation Sarri may be tempted to delve in once the transfer market reopens next month.

Chelsea have now scored 37 goals in the Premier League this season; their most at this stage of a campaign since 2014-15 when they won the title (38).

Chelsea have won all six of their league games against Brighton by an aggregate score of 14-2.

The Seagulls have lost the last nine meetings, conceding 20 goals and scoring just twice.

Brighton have not defeated Chelsea in any competition since 1933 when they won 2-1 in an FA Cup third round tie.

Brighton have lost just two of their last 11 Premier League home games (won five, drawn four), and failed to score in only one of the last 15.

However, five of their six home defeats in the division have come against last season’s top six.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is winless in his last nine meetings with Chelsea.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has not kept consecutive league clean sheets since August 2017 for Athletic Club in La Liga.

What’s next?

Two exciting fixtures await for Brighton. There’s a south-coast derby against Bournemouth next weekend and then Arsenal are the visitors to the Amex for a Boxing Day teatime clash.

Chelsea now have back-to-back home matches this week.

Bournemouth are the visitors to Stamford Bridge in midweek for a League Cup quarter-final before it’s back to the league next Saturday (December 22) when Leicester are in town.

That is followed by a trip to near neighbours Watford on Boxing Night.

 

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Premier League Preview: Chelsea Battle for Fourth at Falmer Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea

A lot of football fans may see the 2018/19 Premier League season as a duel between Manchester City and Liverpool as they have built a sizeable lead ahead of everybody else. However, I don’t think that the rest of the chasing pack has just given up on the hopes of getting even with the league leaders.

Chelsea are one of the teams looking for a prime opportunity to climb the table and steal the top spot with their exciting brand of football under Maurizio Sarri. In order to do that, they must win every football game they play against Premier League opponents of varying levels.

Their opponent this coming weekend are Brighton & Hove Albion. Depending on who you ask, this game is either an easy win for the guests or a fixture that could upset Premier League 2018 betting tips.

It will be up to us to skim through the Premier League 2018 highlights these two sides have produced and see which team will walk away from Falmer Stadium with the three points.

Talking Points

Chelsea continue their battle for supremacy

Some of the Stamford Bridge faithful may have already dismissed their chances of winning the title this season after stumbling in the league over the past month. Their losses to Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton counted them out of what was supposed to be a three-horse race into two.

However, that does not mean that Sarri-ball hasn’t been an effective weapon for the Blues. Sarri’s boys have shown time and time again that the system works and they just need more time before they can fully master Sarri’s preferred style of play.

However, it isn’t like the Blues haven’t shown results with Sarri’s tactics in the first place. They have gotten points from 14 of their 16 games this season, and they have always played competitive football. The sweetest of their wins this season so far was the 2-0 victory they snagged against an out-of-form Manchester City.

Moreover, they have an array of impressive players ready to step up to the plate. With players such as Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonzo, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta performing at top levels, there is no question that this Chelsea squad can play. I also think that the squad should be deep enough and have enough cash to deal with a potential Alvaro Morata departure in January.

They are obvious favourites in many Premier League 2018 betting tips to win this fixture, and it is up to the players to turn that prediction into reality.

Brighton’s scrap for points continue

Brighton are fighting hard to keep their place in the Premier League this season

Brighton’s Florin Andone and Anthony Knockaert practicing prior to their match against Burnley

Brighton may be enjoying a second season at the top flight, but I think every player, staff and fan of the club know that they have a long way to go before becoming an established Premier League side.

Everyone in the United Kingdom clearly knows that the side can provide some high-quality Premier League 2018 highlights if they put their mind into it. A shining example of their potential is the 3-1 stomping they gave Crystal Palace despite going down to ten men.

However, the biggest problem for Chris Hughton’s side is consistency. They helped Burnley escape the relegation zone with a narrow 1-0 loss. Their poor results to Cardiff City, Southampton and Fulham also put them at risk of joining the battle to keep out of the drop.

If the team were to ever survive the second-season syndrome, they need to get organised fast. The Shane Duffy-led defence must shore up their weak spots. Moreover, Glen Murray needs some help up front. Solly March must involve more of the team into scoring goals so that their 35-year-old striker isn’t the only one handling the burden.

I don’t think they stand a chance against Chelsea, but they could at least make things interesting.

History

Brighton have had a patchy season so far. They only won three of their 16 league games, and their seven draws are the only thing that is keeping them from joining the drop zone. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s league record is almost spotless in comparison.

I don’t think much needs to be said about the two’s head-to-head history. While Brighton pulled off a fast one on the Blues during a 2012 friendly, the Blues have convincingly won against the Seagulls in their first two Premier League games.

Betting Tip

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea Chelsea -1.50 Asian Handicap @ 2.49
December 16,2018 21:30 (GMT+8)

I find it almost impossible for Chelsea to lose a football game at this point in the season. There is no European football to be played, the remaining fixtures of the year are against subpar opposition, and they are playing one of the most exciting footballing systems in the world.

Many us football fans are already placing bets on Chelsea, but I think the Asian Handicap market has a lot of potential for winnings. Chelsea could easily win against the Seagulls by a significant number of goals, and I don’t think Eden Hazard would go easy on scoring just because he’s facing Brighton.

If you’re looking for an underdog success, the First Half Asian Handicap market is worth a peek. The Over-Under market is also a source of sure winnings. I think a punt on Chelsea 0-2 on the Correct Score market for 6.60 is not a bad risk, either.

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Premier League: Eagles Dunked By Brighton Ten

Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace

Brighton won another three Premier League points, beating Crystal Palace despite going down to ten men.

Skipper Lewis Dunk was immense in the Seagulls’ backline after losing his partner Shane Duffy to a first-half red, and he watched in delight as his frontmen put the Eagles to the sword and romped 3-0 up by halftime.

With us odds favouring Crystal Palace, the hosts were marginal outsiders, but they only needed ten men to beat the visitors!

Highlights of the game

The Seagulls had a wing clipped but were flying throughout the first half, and that set up a fascinating second period. Brighton pressed from the off, but there was an element of controversy when they went ahead on 24 minutes.

Jose Izquierdo latched on to a weak defensive clearance and then fell under a challenge from James McArthur. While the midfielder clearly took the ball, the referee gave a penalty and Glenn Murray slammed home his eighth goal of the season.

Then in a moment of pure insanity, the hosts went down to ten men. Murray likes a penalty, but when his appeal for another was correctly turned down, Shane Duffy—for reasons known only to himself—head-butted Patrick van Aanholt and received a straight red card.

Chris Hughton brought Leon Balogun on to shore up the defence and then, guess what? With his first touch, he volleyed a clearance from Palace straight back and into the net for his first goal for the Seagulls. Fans at the Amex Stadium couldn’t believe their eyes.

Andros Townsend scored a world-class goal as the Eagles grabbed their first home win against Burnley at the weekend. He hit a powerful effort just before the break which was well saved by Mathew Ryan at the second attempt. And then, as Palace pushed to halve the deficit, Brighton incredibly went 3-0 up.

Florin Andone's third goal sealed Brighton's 6th win of the Premier League

Brighton’s Florin Andone celebrates after scoring their third goal against Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Florin Andone chased a long ball into Palace’s half and, when keeper Wayne Hennessey dithered, the Romanian striker pounced to fire a low shot into the bottom corner to make it three. It was Andone’s second goal in English football, having scored the winner against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Crystal Palace’s early season troubles have been magnified by a run of difficult games, and they were a little unlucky to lose in a recent home game against Spurs.

The Eagles also secured a point at Old Trafford, bossing Manchester United for much of the game.

However, they couldn’t complain about the way things stood at the break after defending like schoolboys. Make sure you catch the Premier League 2018 highlights of this 45 minutes. They have to be seen to be believed!

The onus was all on Palace to do something special in the second half. But they failed to make any real impact as they took turns to hit loose shots while Ryan happily watched on. The game looked to be fizzling out when the visitors were thrown a lifeline on 81 minutes. First-half hero Balogun turned villain when he slid into Wilfried Zaha. Luka Milivojevic cut the deficit to two from the resulting penalty.

Key statistics

Even though the two clubs are almost 50 miles apart, this game is a Derby. And it’s one the Seagulls quite like.

The last time they met here, Brighton won 2-1 in the FA Cup last January.

Brighton are making the Amex a fortress, with only one defeat in ten home games. And it’s the first time they have won a midweek game at the seventh attempt.

What’s next?

At the start of the season, the Premier League 2018 betting odds had Brighton as a relegation candidate. But there’s no sign of second season syndrome at the Amex, and they are in excellent shape to survive again with 21 points in the bag.

Next, the Seagulls make the long journey up North to face Burnley. The Clarets have made a shocking start to this season after qualifying for Europe last term. But Sean Dyche is made of stern stuff and will expect his team to launch its season against the Seagulls.

For Palace, it’s a testing London Derby with a trip over the East End to take on West Ham, who beat Cardiff tonight. Manuel Pellegrini has got the Hammers going nicely after their own bad start and has his eyes on a top ten place.

 

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Premier League Preview: When the Seagulls Meet the Eagles

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace

I bet not many of you us followers realise that this is a derby!

I certainly didn’t until last season when the clubs were reunited, for the first time ever in the Premier League.

The rivalry stems back more than 40 years ago when Alan Mullery and Terry Venables, former Spurs team mates, were the high-profile figures in charge.

And so began an unlikely grudge match which has now reached the modern daytop flight of English football.

Talking Points

Some of the Premier League 2018 news has been provided by these clubs bucking the trend.

Brighton are currently in the heady heights of 11th spot with 18 points from 14 games and are enjoying the relative comfort of midtable.

For a side with one of the smallest squads and wage bills in the top flights, the Seagulls are punching above their weight under the steady tutelage of Chris Hughton—his feat in keeping them in the top flight last year one of the achievements of the season.

Palace are currently in 14th spot, only three points clear of safety. However, they already look set to defy some of the Premier League 2018 betting odds after their veteran boss Roy Hodgson worked wonders last term.

The Eagles certainly are on the up, as shown by their fine draw at Old Trafford and first home victory of the season against Burnley which saw them end a run of eight league matches without a win.

The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend (when on form) can trouble any opponent and will surely spearhead a run to midtable safety in the months ahead.

Glen Murray is motivated to give Brighton another Premier League win when they face Crystal Palace this week

Glen Murray reacts during Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League match against Huddersfield Town

Brighton, who are due to welcome back top-scorer Glenn Murray after he was given a rest in their 2-1 win at Huddersfield, are also in upbeat mood. Despite having less individual match-winners, they have collectively excelled and are six points clear of their opponents going into this one.

That is reflected by the fact Brighton have lost just one of their past nine home Premier League games (won four, drawn four) and scored in each of their last seven league fixtures—their longest Premier League scoring streak.

Behind every good frontman is a creator, and midfielder Solly March has largely taken that mantle with four assists in his last four top-flight games.

And if Palace are in any doubt where one of the main threats will come from, they only need to be told that 11 of Brighton’s 16 Premier League goals this season have come from set pieces. It’s the division’s joint-highest tally (alongside Tottenham).

Equally, Brighton should know where Palace’s main threat will be.

Zaha may have failed to score in his last eight Premier League games, but he is still contributing since returning from injury and has five goals in his eight league games against the South Coast club.

Palace are also keen to preserve and maintain some fine runs.

Since a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City in 2014, Palace are unbeaten in nine Premier League away games played in December, albeit drawing seven of them. Moreover, the Eagles could equal the club record of three consecutive clean sheets with a shut-out at Brighton, something they last achieved in March last year.

History

Last season, the M23 derby at the Amex Stadium ended goalless in a fairly low key affair when both sides were struggling. This time, it is unlikely to be as cagey.

The return fixture at Selhurst Park saw Palace emerge 3-2 winners.The sides actually met three times last season with Brighton emerging 2-1 victors at home in the third round of the FA Cup.

Before last season, you have to go back to the 2013 Championship play-off semi-finals for the last time these sides met.

After a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, Palace won 2-0 at the Amex with a Zaha double steering them through to the final at Wembley, which they eventually won to seal promotion.

They have been in the top flight ever since.

Betting Tip

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace Over 2.25 @ 2.20
December 5, 03:45 (GMT+8)

Palace are slight favourites, priced 1X2 @ 2.75 with the hosts 1X2 @ 2.81.

The draw is at 2.94, which also shows how evenly matched these sides could be. Likewise, with Asian Handicap betting, it’s -0.25 Palace @ 2.36 and -0.25 Brighton @ 2.42.

A repeat of last season’s goalless draw will give you odds of @ 6.40. However, I see the two sides scoring this time, and more than two in fact.

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Premier League: Seagulls Fight Back to Stun Saints

Southampton 2-2 Brighton

Brighton came back from a two-goal deficit to grab a late point in a dramatic second half at the St Mary Stadium tonight.

On the first Monday Night Football of the new Premier League season, Southampton was coasting, at 2-0 up with three-quarters of the game gone, but they couldn’t see it out. The Premier League 2018 odds have Brighton as a likely candidate for relegation after their excellent survival campaign last season, but if they fight like they did in the second half they have a decent chance of a repeat.

Former Burnley strikers Charlie Austin and Danny Ings have linked up again at Southampton and have been clicking. But a hamstring injury to Austin left him sidelined. For long periods it looked like the Saints could cope without him. But Brighton’s spirited fightback put paid to that.

Highlights of the game

Brighton Keeper Mat Ryan has been in superb form, notably keeping Liverpool’s stellar attack down to one goal when the Seagulls visited Anfield. And he was the first of the two keepers to be called on, catching a header on goal from Long.

Then, on 20 minutes, there was chaos in the Brighton box but the visitors survived as Ings shot was blocked and Mo Elyounoussi blasted over. The Norway international signed for £16m this summer and is proving to be a livewire just behind the front two.

Brighton was without the influential Pascal Gross, out injured, for the first time since the Seagull’s promotion back in May 2017, and the visitors were looking lost without him. The Saints were dominating the midfield and another chance came on 27 minutes when Nathan Redmond crossed for Elyounoussi who headed wide when he should have scored.

When the Saints pressure finally told the opening goal was an absolute belter. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg picked the ball up around 30 yards out and hit it as sweet as you like into the far corner and beyond the dive of Ryan. What a beauty!

Make sure you take a look at the Premier league 2018 highlights to watch that one. It will be worth your while!

The first half had been comfortable for the Saints but the second was anything but. Brighton showed more adventure in the first few minutes of the second half than in the entire first 45.

Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy was finally brought into the game on 52 minutes, keeping a shot out from Anthony Knockaert after a swift Brighton break. The Saints seemed to have weathered the storm and were 2-0 up just after the hour when Cedric put Ings through, and as the striker weaved his way into the box Gaetan Bong clattered into him with a ridiculous challenge.

The ref pointed to the spot and Ings climbed to his feet to calmly roll the ball home.

Premier League: Southampton have taken the lead after Danny Ings converts the penalty

Southampton forward Danny Ings celebrates with team mates after scoring his team’s second goal by a penalty

But, just as we thought Brighton was dead and gone, the Seagulls were back in the game two minutes later when centre-back Shane Duffy got on the end of a long ball forward to head home.

Hughton brought Alireza Jahanbakhsh on, and the Iranian came close to an equaliser shaving the outside of the post after good work from Knockaert.

Then, with minutes remaining, McCarthy showed why he had been called up to the England squad with a brilliant save, but to no avail. Seconds later James Ward Prowse shoved Shane Duffy in the back and the ref gave another penalty.

Glenn Murray smashed home the spot-kick to send the Seagull’s fans wild.

Then Ryan came to Brighton’s rescue, pulling out a world class save to keep out Ryan Bertrand deep into injury time.

Brilliant second half!

Key Statistics

The Premier League 2018 results at the weekend left the Saints and Seagulls 13th and 14th in the table, and after this game that’s exactly where they stay.

The pre-match us odds had a draw at 3.25 and in the end, it was a fair result. The Saints dominated the first half but lost control in the second.

It was hugely frustrating for everyone in Southampton. Mark Hughes still hasn’t had back-to-back wins as a coach since January 2017, a period covering 52 league games.

And Murray has scored in all his three Premier League appearances against Southampton. They must be sick of the sight of him!

But Brighton still hasn’t won a Premier League game after going behind and has only won twice on the road since their arrival.

What’s next?

This was a huge point for Brighton, as they face Spurs and Manchester City in the next two weeks. They could still be outside the bottom three after those two games though.

It isn’t much easier for the Saints; they have trips to Liverpool and the dangerous Wolves. They really could have done with winning this one.

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Premier League Preview: An Interesting Rematch in the South Coast

Southampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion

It may not be the South Coast derby that football fans grew up seeing, but the Southampton-Brighton match in the Premier League is no less exciting as the two clubs try to move up the ladder.

The Saints and the Seagulls recently met each other in the Carabao Cup, with the former coming out on top with a 1-0 victory at the Falmer Stadium. However, while Brighton lost, they recently proved they are ready to compete as they came back from two goals down against Fulham to snatch a point.

Southampton and Brighton are currently tied on points after one win, one draw and two defeats in their last four league fixtures. Southampton, though, are on 13th place and one above Chris Hughton’s charges, thanks to a slight advantage on goal difference.

Talking Points

After failing to get a win in their first three matches of the 2018/19 season, Southampton finally got their first league victory last weekend at the expense of Crystal Palace. Now, Mark Hughes’ men will look to build on that win and carry the momentum as they head home to host Brighton.

Danny Ings has been sensational for the Saints so far and has already scored twice in four matches. He was on target in the Crystal Palace game, opening the scoring for the team as they put on a convincing display.

The 26-year-old on-loan forward from Liverpool has already reinvigorated the Saints attack with his playmaking and creativity, and expectations are high that he can lead Southampton’s offence once again when they play the Seagulls.

Even Brighton’s manager, Hughton, is already wary of the in-form Ings and claimed that the striker’s desperation to play—after a couple of big injuries—”makes him a very difficult opponent.”

One concern for Southampton ahead of the match is the injury concerns to their striker duo of Shane Long and Charlie Austin. According to the latest Premier League 2018 news, Long has a problem with his toe while Austin continues to be bothered by his hamstring issues.

The absence of the two will be a huge blow to Southampton, especially Austin who scored the winner against Brighton in their match last August.

Brighton, on the other hand, will be motivated to get back on winning ways. Following their narrow defeat to Liverpool, the Seagulls showed their depth as they battled back from a two-goal deficit to share the spoils with Fulham before the international break.

Glenn Murray bagged a brace in that game, so there are high hopes that he can replicate that fine form as they also try to take their revenge against their South Coast opponents.

Brighton star Pascal Gross might be out when the club visits Southampton in Premier League Week 4 due to injury

Brighton star Pascal Gross in action during the club’s Premier League clash against Fulham

Brighton playmaker Pascal Gross, however, is facing a fitness test due to an ankle injury. Fortunately for Hughton, Jose Izquierdo and summer signing Florin Andone from La Liga side Deportivo have both returned to training and could be involved in the Tuesday clash at St. Mary’s.

History

As mentioned, Southampton won their latest meeting with Brighton in the Carabao Cup. Nevertheless, while that will be a great confidence booster for the hosts, they will still be cautious of the visitors who drew with them in both of their league fixtures last campaign.

Their last fight at St. Mary’s, in fact, saw Brighton score within seven minutes before Southampton levelled matters in the second half to pull off a 1-1 draw.

Interestingly though, Murray was on target for the Seagulls in both of their meetings with the Saints last season. Hence, his return to form couldn’t be more timely for the visiting team.

Moreover, Southampton’s poor home record shouldn’t be forgotten. The team have won only three home fixtures in the 2017/18 campaign and just once in their past 13 English top-flight fixtures at St. Mary’s.

Betting Tip

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Southampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion 1X2 Draw @ 3.30
September 18, 03:00 (GMT+8)

Thanks to their recent victory, Southampton are tipped to win against Brighton in Premier League 2018 betting. The us football odds have Hughes’ men as the clear favourites to come out on top, while Hughton’s side is well behind.

Nonetheless, I think this will be a closer contest than what the odds suggest. Southampton are more dangerous up front with Ings leading the attack, but their injury woes and poor home record should be taken into consideration.

On the other hand, while Brighton are winless in their last three in all competitions, I like what I saw from them in the Fulham game. Murray should also provide enough challenge to the hosts and extend his scoring streak against them.

I think a stalemate is a likely result, and it’s not far-fetched to see another 1-1 draw—just like their past two league meetings.

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Premier League: Mo’s at It Again!

Liverpool 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Player of the Year 2018 Mo Salah has picked up where he left off, scoring the only goal of the game to fire Liverpool to the top of the Premier League.

This was a match everyone expected the Reds to win against Brighton, and one goal was enough; Liverpool fans will have wished it had been more comfortable, though. But a win’s a win, and Jurgen Klopp’s team sits proudly at the top of the league for the first time in almost two years.

The Premier League 2018 results from earlier in the day had been pretty good for both teams: relegation favourites Huddersfield and Cardiff played out a goalless draw, a handy result for the Seagulls. But Liverpool will have been particularly interested in Manchester City’s failure to beat newly promoted Wolves, which opened the door.

Anfield has been a fortress for many years, which Brighton boss Chris Hughton knows only too well, and again it proved. And now the Reds have hit the top, the Premier League 2018 odds on the title heading to Liverpool will drop slightly, but remember that these are early days.

Highlights of the game

Liverpool started off like a train, and Brighton keeper Mat Ryan was called into action as early as the ninth minute: he made a superb save at his near post after Roberto Firmino had met wing-back Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross.

And on 15 minutes, the Reds almost went ahead. And it was local boy Trent Alexander-Arnold who almost blew the roof off Anfield with a blistering dead-ball strike which crashed off the crossbar. Klopp and England fans have high hopes for this young man.

The Reds continued to dominate, and Salah had a sight of goal. The excellent Ryan was equal to his angled drive, but the Egyptian superstar scored on 23 minutes. James Milner was alert to some sloppy Brighton play, winning the ball and finding Sadio Mane, who passed to Firmino. When the Brazilian put Salah in, he fired home in off the post and Anfield erupted.

Liverpool continued to press but went in at the break just a goal up. And then right at the start of the second half, Brighton created their first chance to serve as a reminder to the Reds. The Seagulls stunned Manchester United last week, and Anthony Knockaert had a superb opportunity to put the wind up Liverpool but he fluffed his lines.

Liverpool dominated the second half as they did the first but a second goal just wouldn’t come, and a one-goal lead is always a precarious one. Alexander almost got the goal his excellent play deserved but his shot was deflected wide.

Alisson helped Liverpool become the only team to have not conceded a goal in the Premier League this season

Alisson Becker became the 4th goalkeeper in the last 51 years to keep a clean sheet for Liverpool

And Liverpool keeper Alisson was called on at the death to push a Pascal Gross header past the post to give Liverpool their best start in five years.

The Reds could have scored a few, but in the end, one was just enough.

Key Statistics

With us odds of 1.15 on a home win, we could have expected a landslide, but it just didn’t come. Seventy per cent possession and 22 shots to six tell their own story, while Liverpool kept the ball much better with 87 per cent passing accuracy compared to the Seagulls’ 73 per cent.

Liverpool won with a thoroughly professional display at Crystal Palace on Monday, and Klopp’s team is looking as strong at the back as they are exciting going forward.

Another shutout means Allison is yet to concede a goal for Liverpool, and the Reds’ last home league defeat is as far back as April 2017.

Chris Hughton has now lost all six of his Premier League games against Liverpool, and he needs to improve his side’s away form. They won just two on the road all last season.

But when you’re up against Salah, there’s sometimes not a lot you can do. He has now scored 29 goals in 29 appearances at Anfield in all competitions.

What’s next?

Liverpool are yet to concede a goal in the Premier League this season after 1-0 win over Brighton

Chris Hughton felt Brighton could have left Anfield with a positive result

So it’s three from three for the Reds. But their title credentials are about to be severely tested when they make trips to Leicester City and Spurs. The 2016 champions have made a good start with six points from their first three fixtures, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs won their first two prior to playing Manchester United on Monday.

Brighton fans can take heart having won three points from fixtures against Manchester United and Liverpool, and up next they have Fulham at home followed by Southampton away.

Both teams currently sit below the Seagulls, but there are no easy games in this league.

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