Preview - Brighton vs Bournemouth 1 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 01, 2018, 04:40 PM

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Brighton vs Bournemouth

Brighton, 12th in the table, can carve up a seven-point gap above the relegation zone with victory over Bournemouth.
The problem is that they don't win quite often at home.

They've won only once at The Amex since September. Overall, the Seagulls have failed to score in 11 of their 21 EPL matches.

Meanwhile, the Cherries are without a victory in their last four away games since a 1-0 triumph at Newcastle on 4 November.

They have failed to score in three of those four matches, and have managed just six away league goals so far this season.

Brighton pair Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockaert must serve a one-match ban after both being booked for the fifth time this season against Newcastle, which ended in a goalless draw.

Steve Sidwell remains sidelined due to a long-standing back injury.

Bournemouth will be without Josh King, who suffered another hamstring injury against Everton at the weekend.

Adam Smith and Nathan Ake face fitness tests, whilst Jermain Defoe and Junior Stanislas are among a lengthy list of absentees for the Cherries.

Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Bournemouth


Match Stats:

  • Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth
  • Shots: 15-26
  • Possession: 49%-51%
  • Corner kicks: 5-12

Callum Wilson scored a late equaliser as AFC Bournemouth kicked off 2018 with an entertaining 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Wilson poked in from close range after a goalmouth scramble with 11 minutes remaining, moving the Cherries within a place and two points of 12th-placed Brighton.

Anthony Knockaert scored the first Premier League goal of the year with five minutes gone, from an acute angle after Jose Izquierdo flashed the ball across goal.

Steve Cook levelled with a superb header from Jordon Ibe's corner in the first half.

Glenn Murray put Brighton 2-1 up from Izquierdo's second assist on 48 minutes, before Wilson earned the visitors a point.

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