Arsenal vs Brighton Premier League Match Preview & Betting Tips: AFC Can’t Afford To Slip Up

Bukayo SakaA game of sizable magnitude will take place in North London, as Arsenal takes on Brighton on Sunday (4.30pm). The hosts are just a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and cannot afford to slip up here, while the visitors need points in their race for European football, especially after losing last weekend. What will happen? This AFC vs BHAFC preview, with its betting tips, aims to clarify.

The Gunners have bounced back nicely since losing somewhat comprehensively to the side that they have been locked in direct battle with for several months, though it may be a case of too little too late. Sure, they got the job done against a floundering Chelsea side, before picking a very promising victory on the road against Newcastle, who have been anything but easy to beat at home this season. Unfortunately, Mikel Arteta’s men are no closer to that Premier League title, and with Man City looking more and more unlikely to drop points, second place seems likely.

However, it is not over yet, and all that Arsenal can do is keep winning games. You never know, with four left to play, and the distraction of the Champions League, Man City may just drop points, and if they do, the door will be open. Therefore, winning this game against Brighton is a must.

Brighton will arrive in North London off the back of losing in somewhat bizarre style last weekend. After the season they have had, very few people wouldn’t thought they’d lose by five goals to one at home to a side fighting off the drop. That’s what happened as the Everton players seemingly scored with every attacking kick of the ball, with the Seagulls doing little to stop them. That said, it was a bit of an odd game, one where the visitors scored with almost every attack and one where the hosts (Brighton) missed countless chances. We shouldn’t just assume that Roberto De Zerbi’s men will lose here because they lost heavily last week. After all, they have upset a few big teams this season.

Goals galore at home

In recent weeks, Arsenal have turned on the scoring tap at home and have watched the goals flow, so much so that they come into this game having scored three or more in three of their last four home games in the Premier League, three of which they have won. During that time, they have scored a pleasing total of 14 goals. They remain the second highest scoring home team in the division behind Manchester City.

However, they have started to develop a habit of not keeping the door shut at the other end. Despite being outplayed all-round, Chelsea managed to find the net in Arsenal’s last home game, as did Southampton before that. The Gunners have now gone five Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet.

Visitors also watching the goals go by

Brighton have also been involved in plenty of high-scoring games in recent weeks. They watched Everton stick five in their goal last week, while scoring themselves and missing plenty of other chances. They scored six against Wolves recently, while their 3-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest was hardly a quiet one in terms of goals and goalmouth action. Five of their last six Premier League games have contained at last three goals, with both teams scoring in four of those six.

Gunners going for back-to-back wins in this fixture

The Seagulls have made a bit of a nuisance of themselves as far as the Gunners are concerned in recent times, either winning or denying Arsenal victory in three of the last four renewals of this fixture in all competitions. However, when the teams met down on the south coast earlier in the campaign, there was a clear winner and that was Arsenal, who scored four goals on their way to hurting De Zerbi’s men. Can the hosts back that win up now playing on their own patch?

Interestingly, in all competitions, the Seagulls have won three of their last four games at the Emirates, winning by three goals to one at the North London venue back in November in the EFL Cup.

Gunners can clinch a high-scoring affair

Both teams have been amongst the goals of late, so it would be little surprise if those in attendance at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon were to be treated to no shortage of goalmouth action. From a betting point a view, the way to play it with the bookmakers is to combine goals all round with an Arsenal win.

The hosts will be looking to repeat their Amex Stadium win, and if they step on the gas here, then there is no reason why they cannot. Sure, we have seen Arsenal concede a few goals of late, and you wouldn’t exactly fancy them to keep a clean sheet here. They’ve got the firepower, what with Odegaard, Jesus, Saka and Martinelli all in good form, to simply outscore their visitors, who arrive here off the back of conceding a few too many goals of late.

We have also seen in Brighton’s recent away games that they can be both wasteful and poor at the back. Both Nottingham Forest and Tottenham have exposed that when beating the Seagulls in recent weeks, so do not be surprised if the Gunners so something similar.

At the end of the day, if this turns into a toe-to-toe contest, then it is the hosts who have the punching power to out-hit their opponents in terms of goals, much as they did in the reverse fixture and much as they have done at home in general of late, outscoring three of their last four opponents whilst conceding at least once. So for the betting tips for this AFC vs BHAFC fixture, it’s this one:

  • Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score (on the “Match Result and Both Teams To Score” market) @ best odds of 2/1 with Bet365 and William Hill.