Preview - Brighton vs Arsenal March 04 2018

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Mar 03, 2018, 04:18 AM Last Edit: Mar 03, 2018, 04:21 AM by Harry85
Match Day 29
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
21:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: American Express Community Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L D W D W
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (10)

Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (9)

Starkly contrasting fortunes for these sides of late, with Brighton arriving on the back of a 4-1 win over Swansea, and Arsenal looking to bounce back from a 3-0 humbling at home to Manchester City.

Its been a bad week all round for Arsenal, beaten at home by minnows Oestersunds in the Europa League, and stuffed by City in the League Cup final prior to that midweek defeat, Arsene Wenger's seat seems to grow hotter by the day.

Brighton on the other hand are in just about their best form of the season. Unbeaten in six in all competitions, they have notched seven goals in their past two home games in the League, rediscovering their eye for goal at the point in the season when it is needed most.

Brighton probably also have the greater motivation here. Arsenal's Champion's League aspirations look unlikely to materialise now, whereas Brighton most definitely do need the points, as despite their recent resurgence, they do remain just four points above the relegation zone.

There is no doubt Arsenal are much the better side on paper, but they continue to be unable to string together a consistent set of results and still look fragile at the back at times. We see the Gunners cracking under the pressure and the Seagulls bagging another vital three points at home.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  13 - 15
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks:  6 - 11
Possession: 32% - 68%

Dale Stephens, Ezequiel Schelotto and Glen Murray were booked for Brighton, with Sead Kolasinac, Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka seeing yellow for the visitors.

A bad week for Arsenal, and a disastrous start at the Amex for Arsene Wenger's men as they found themselves a goal down after just seven minutes. Peter Cech didn't cover himself in glory as a corner swung in, and when the ball finally fell at the feet of Lewis Dunk, he fired the Seagulls into the lead from point blank range.

Things were to get worse for the visitors in the 26th minute, an excellent team move from Brighton culminating with Glenn Whelan getting on the end of a Pascal Gross cross to head home.

The Gunners may have been 2 - 0 down as the 43rd minute begun, but they were very nearly on level terms headed into half time.

First, Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang produced a sumptuous back-heeled finish to halve the deficit, having been set up by Granit Xhaka. Then two minutes into first half added on time Laurnet Koscielny really should have levelled matters but could only find the post with his header. 2 - 1 at the break.

Given the manner in which Arsenal finished the opening period, it could be understood of Brighton fans were a little nervous headed into the second half.

Arsenal did have their moments, with Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil both forcing saves from Mat Ryan, and pushed right until the 93rd minute when Aubemayang could only direct his shot straight at the keeper but to no avail.

Brighton held on for a big three points.

A cracking result for the home side, seeing Chris Hughton's men move up into 10th position, and seven points clear of the relegation zone.

For Arsenal this was a fitting end to a terrible week and surely now ends any lingering Champions League dreams.

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