Hughton handed Gross boost

Chris Hughton anticipates that Cardiff City will have been lifted by his Brighton side's dismal display in Saturday's 5-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

The Seagulls entertain Neil Warnock's team on Tuesday in a crunch fixture and Hughton is desperate for his side to bounce back following Saturday's mauling.

Brighton are still five points clear of the Welshmen as Cardiff were beaten 2-0 at Burnley. Brighton can be backed at 1/1 to beat the Bluebirds and at 5/2 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

Hughton said of Cardiff: "They are going to fight and scrap and, if any team have been lifted, it might be a team lifted by our result at home. They are going to come here and give us a very difficult game.

"I have a group of players that know they have performed nowhere near well enough against Bournemouth to get something from a game. Our responsibility is to make sure that we work hard enough."

Pascal Gross could feature in Tuesday's match after recovering from a hamstring injury. The German has been sidelined since picking up the problem against Leicester City in February.

Meanwhile, Solly March is set to replace Anthony Knockaert who was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Bournemouth's Adam Smith at the weekend.

March has recovered from the calf injury that forced him to miss the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City earlier this month and Saturday's humiliation against Eddie Howe's team.

Knockaert will be suspended for the games against Cardiff, Wolves and Tottenham.

Hughton urges Albion to fight

Head coach Chris Hughton has told his Brighton players not to take their eye off the ball and ensure that they finish clear of the Premier League relegation places.

Having won their last two league games Albion are five points clear of the bottom three, while Hughton's men have also progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester City.

However, next up on the agenda is a derby clash with Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, a game of even more importance given that the Saints are just a place and three points worse off than Brighton.

Hughton told reporters: "It's very much one game at a time. It's about making sure we keep level-headed throughout, but there's a good feel about the place at the moment.

"We can't afford to think about being safe yet – this weekend is a big game against a team in the same area as ourselves.

"We have to keep fighting and be as competitive as we can, while thinking about the teams around us being capable of winning matches.

"My responsibility is to make sure this club are in this league next season. I don't think about a specific points tally – the next best chance we have for a win is Saturday and that's what we'll focus on."

Hughton will make a late decision on whether striker Florin Andone features this weekend, while Pascal Gross is a definite absentee.

Albion are available at 7/5 to defeat Southampton, with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2 and a 2-2 final scoreline 20/1.

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Hughton confirms Gross setback

Brighton manager Chris Hughton hopes that Pascal Gross will be able to return to training at the end of next week.

The German has suffered a setback in his recovery from the ankle injury he picked up against Fulham almost two months ago.

However, Hughton insists it is only a minor setback and is confident that Gross will be available for selection again after the next international break.

The Brighton boss said: "It's a minor setback. He will be outside in the early part of the week and we're hoping that he will be training by the end of next week.

"It's certainly not an issue. He's good at the moment. We just decided to ease him up a little bit.

"Pascal is a good player and you always miss your good players. We're fortunate at the moment. There are teams with four or five injuries. We've got two."

Dutch midfielder Davy Propper is the only other Seagulls star currently out of action. He is expected to be sidelined for several weeks with an ankle problem of his own.

Gross has scored eight goals in 42 Premier League appearances for Brighton since arriving at the club from Ingolstadt almost 18 months ago.

Brighton are 4/1 to beat Everton on Saturday and 4/1 to keep a clean sheet at Goodison Park.

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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Gross extends Seagulls stay

Pascal Gross hopes he can enjoy another successful season with Brighton in 2018/19 after penning a new deal with Chris Hughton's side.

The German has agreed terms which will keep him with the Seagulls until the summer of 2022.

Hughton signed Gross from Ingolstadt last summer for £3.5million and he proved to be an inspired capture, doing much to keep Brighton out of the relegation zone.

He scored seven goals in 38 Premier League appearances for Albion, 2/1 to be relegated next season.

However, Gross thinks it will be harder for the team to prosper next term, saying: "It quite often happens that the second season is harder. I hope not for us, I hope we do well.

"But in the second season the emotions from the promotion goes away. People expect what you showed the year before. The other teams don't under-rate you, they know everything about you. That is normal.

"That's why you have to work even harder and be well prepared. I think a lot of promoted teams do well in the first year and struggle in the second.

"You have to know this and have to work harder."

Brighton can be backed at 5/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season.