Kick-off: 1500, 13/04/2018
Stadium: Amex Stadium
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After seeing their hopes of a first FA Cup final appearance since 1983 come to an end, Brighton must now focus on securing their Premier League survival.
Bournemouth are not yet mathematically safe and are on a worrying run of form, going down 3-1 at home to Burnley last Saturday.
This could be a cagey contest but we are going for the home side to edge it at 27/20 for our opening Brighton vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Brighton & Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
When Gabriel Jesus nodded Manchester City into an early lead in the FA Cup semi-final, you could have been forgiven for fearing the worst for Brighton.
However, Chris Hughton’s men turned in a battling performance and the game could have been so different had Kyle Walker seen red after clashing with Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the first half.
Walker avoided being sent off following a Video Assistant Referee review much to Hughton’s annoyance. He said: “In my opinion it was a red card. There was sufficient force in the action to warrant that.”
Nevertheless, Albion must now turn their attention to the league with another home game against fellow strugglers Cardiff to come next Tuesday.
Defender Shane Duffy told the club’s website: “We’ve got two huge games on home soil coming up and it’s about bouncing straight into those.
“We know the table is tight and we know we can be strong at home. They’re both sides around us in the table and every game now is a must-win for us and we’ll take it one at a time.”
Five of Albion’s six home league wins this season have been by the one goal and looking at the Brighton vs Bournemouth odds, a home win and under 2.5 goals in the game stands out at 4/1.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Bernardo, Stephens, Bissouma, Knockaert, Propper, Jahanbakhsh, Murray.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth’s loss to Burnley means they have now won just one of their last nine games in the top flight – and that was at relegated Huddersfield.
Ashley Barnes nodded into his own net to put the Cherries ahead before quickfire goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood turned the game in Burnley’s favour.
Barnes then scored at the right end to wrap up the points for the Clarets and condemn Eddie Howe’s side to a sixth defeat from nine fixtures.
At the end of October, Howe’s team were challenging for European football, but with only five victories since then their form has become a significant concern.
Howe said: “I don’t know how many times I’ve got to say that we’re not safe. I don’t consider myself safe and on my holidays and the players are the same. You can’t take liberties in this game.”
Since a 3-0 win at 10-man Fulham in late October, Bournemouth have lost 10 of their following 11 games in the league on their travels.
With four of the Seagulls’ home wins this season having been by a 1-0 scoreline, at odds of 15/2, that completes our Brighton vs Bournemouth tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Begovic, Ake, Smith, Clyne, Mepham, Gosling, Lerma, Brooks, Fraser, Wilson, King.
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