Arsenal welcome Brighton to the Emirates on Thursday night. The Gunners are looking to secure their first three league points since a 1-0 over Bournemouth back at the start of October.
Brighton are also coming into this desperate for points. The Seagulls are hoping to avoid a fourth straight league defeat.
Get all the latest teams news and our best bet for the game here.
Arsenal vs Brighton– Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick Off Time: 20:15 GMT
Referee in charge: Graham Scott
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Arsenal vs Brighton– The Form Guide
Following the sacking of Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the first team for their home match against Norwich. The Swede, although a club legend did little to help his cause for becoming permanent manager with a 2-2 draw. Ljungberg opted to play both Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, two players who supporters have turned against in recent times. The players didn’t do much to redeem themselves either.
The draw, in which the Gunners were lucky to get a point was their fourth draw in five league games. They secured a point after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to re-take a penalty which was originally saved by Tim Krul. Four Norwich players had encroached on the area which was a harsh decision against the Canaries.
Brighton looked like they were on the up with a period of three wins out of four. However, they have since gone on to lose three in a row. In saying that, the losses have been to runaway league leaders Liverpool, and high flying Leicester as well as Manchester United.
The Seagulls sit 16th in the table and are only one point better off than Everton in 17th. With the table so congested in the middle, however, they are also only three points away from the top ten, and four behind Arsenal.
What is the Team News?
Nicholas Pepe was an unused substitute in Sunday’s draw with Norwich to the Arsenal fans dismay. By not picking him to start, Ljungberg has made quite a bold statement. It will be interesting to see if he has a part to play on Thursday.
Kieran Tierney is pushing for a start and should be match fit. Hector Bellerin is also expected to start having recovered from a slight hamstring pull. This will be a real boost for the Arsenal back-line.
Dani Ceballos will miss out out having been ruled out with a thigh injury.
Matteo Guendouzi did little to suggest he deserves a place on the team sheet, with Lucas Torreira looking to step in.
Neal Maupay is expected to return to the Brighton attack, with Leandro Trossard also fit enough to play.
Aaron Connolly, despite being on decent form could drop out as a result.
Arsenal Predicted line-up: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney; Xhaka, Torreira; Aubameyang, Willock, Ozil; Lacazette
Brighton Predicted line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Propper, Stephens, Alzate; Gross, Maupay, Trossard
Arsenal vs Brighton Latest Odds
Under normal circumstances, we’d say 10bet’s 20/33 (1.6) for an Arsenal victory was too big. But these are not normal circumstances. Arsenal haven’t even won a handful of games yet this season with only four, and are conceding too many goals. You can get Brighton at 17/4 (5.25) which seems reasonable. 10bet have the draw at 3/1 (4.0) which again looks decent value.
Arsenal vs Brighton Score Prediction
Despite having a bit of a dodgy defence, Arsenal do have great attackers. Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are world-class players and on their day are unplayable. Brighton are a little bit more goal-shy. They have scored six times on the road in eight away games, with three of those coming back on the first day of the league in a 3-0 win over Watford.
Arsenal should win this. But how many times has that been said this season? Too many for Arsenal fans, that’s for sure. We’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt here though, and suggest they’ll get a couple of goals.
Arsenal vs Brighton Betting Tip
In Arsenal’s last match, we tipped Aubameyang to score anytime and for the game to end a draw. It’s hard to back against Aubameyang scoring at the moment, mainly because he’s Arsenal’s biggest threat. If the likes of Tierney can get crosses into the box, Arsenal will score.
In saying that, Brighton have kept four clean sheets this season, double what Arsenal have managed. So it’s not as easy ask for the Gunners. The Seagulls are struggling for form though, and this is a game that Arsenal really can’t afford to drop points in.
For those reasons, we’re going to back Arsenal. We can’t see the Gunners keeping a clean sheet, however, so our tip is Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 17/10 (2.7) with 10bet.
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