Kick-off: 1630, 05/05/2019
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal are now facing an uphill battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and simply must brush aside Brighton at Emirates Stadium.
Goal difference could still be an issue, with the Gunners and Chelsea closely matched on that score, so we’re expecting Unai Emery’s side to be clinical here.
Getting 19/20 for the hosts to oblige by more than one clear goal is rated a gift for our initial Arsenal vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal’s miserable away record has put them in a pickle, with last Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Leicester being their third defeat in four top-flight road trips.
Having Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off on 36 minutes didn’t help, but it was still another lethargic display on their travels.
Thankfully, the Gunners have been much more reliable on home turf, even if they did suffer a rare setback here when going down 3-2 to Crystal Palace recently.
Before that, there had been 14 wins and a couple of draws in 16 league outings at this venue since an opening loss to Manchester City, plus they continued an excellent Europa League record when beating Valencia 3-1 on Thursday.
Granit Xhaka said: “It is difficult to explain why we don’t play like we do at home and don’t take the away points, but we always fight.”
Nine of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last 10 goals have come at Emirates Stadium, highlighting how much of a difference playing here makes.
Thursday’s Europa League clash with Valencia was a distraction, but we’re still on the Gunners to lead at half-time and full-time at Evens from the Arsenal vs Brighton odds.
Last Arsenal EPL line-up: Leno, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is in contention, despite coming off on Thursday night.
Nacho Monreal replaced Koscielny and could come in from the start, having overcome his own calf problem, but Danny Welbeck (ankle), Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding (both knee) are out.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton have been battling hard to avoid relegation, drawing with Wolves and Newcastle, either side of a narrow 1-0 loss at Tottenham.
The Seagulls fell behind against the Magpies at Amex Stadium but Pascal Gross headed a 75th-minute equaliser to nudge them ever closer towards safety.
“It was a big relief for all of us and afterwards we were all pushing for a second goal to get the win,” Gross told the club website, after ending his side’s seven-game goal drought.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it, but we can take positives from the second 45.”
Albion were quick to guard against complacency after that result but they should have done enough to survive and a drop in intensity is on the cards.
Let’s finish off our Arsenal vs Brighton betting tips by taking 25/4 for a 2-0 home win, as it was when these teams met here last season.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Stephens, Kayal, Gross, Andone, Murray, Izquierdo.
Brighton winger Jose Izquierdo will be absent after suffering a knee injury and joins Holland midfielder Davy Propper (hamstring) on the sidelines.
ARSENAL 3-1 Valencia – Alexandre Lacazette (2), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
BRIGHTON 1-1 Newcastle – Pascal Gross
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-1 Arsenal, Brighton 2-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Brighton
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