Preview - Southampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion 18 September 18

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Match Day 5
Southampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium

Southampton:   
Last five matches form: L D L L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.97
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.47
Top Scorer 17/18: Charlie Austin (7)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.89
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.42
Top Scorer 17/18: Glenn Murray (12)

The final game of match day five in the Premier League sees Southampton take on Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's in the first of the seasons big south coast derby.

These sides were impossible to split in the league last season, drawing 1-1 both home and away. Both were under the very real threat of relegation last term and will be keen to avoid a similar scenario this time around.

Southampton had shown they were both a little more secure at the back and a greater attacking threat over their first three games without really picking up the results to show for it. They put it all together last time out though when coming away from Crystal Palace with all three points.

The highlight of Brighton's season so far has been that 3-2 win against Manchester United. They haven't quite managed to scale those heights in their other games though and will have been disappointed to have dropped points at home to Fulham last time out.

Both Mark Hughes and Chris Hughton have a relatively fit squad to choose from with Brighton's Florin Andone being the only absentee through injury.

We fancy the Saints here. Brighton simply are not a very good side on the road in the Premier League, winning none and losing 11 of their last 15 away from home. Mark Hughes improving side can see them off.

Prediction: Southampton 3 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  11 - 7
Shots on target: 6 - 5
Corner Kicks: 1 - 4
Possession: 53% - 47%

Five bookings at St Mary's. Referee Anthony Taylor taking the names of Cedric Soares and Alex McCarthy of Southampton and Dale Stephens, Jurgen Locadia and Anthony Knockaert of Brighton.

An evenly fought Derby contest on the south coast. Southampton possibly just edged it, but there can't really be any arguments that they were hard done by overall despite the late, late nature of the equaliser.

Southampton were making most of the early running and were causing Brighton a few problems from crosses and set pieces.

The opener came in the 35th minute. Pierre Hoijbjerg controlling in time and space around 30 yards from goal slightly to the right before rifling a power packed drive into the bottom left hand corner. 1-0  at the break.

Then in the 65th minute Danny Ings went driving in between two Brighton defenders and into the area only to be bundled to the ground. Penalty kick. Ings himself stepped up to place the ball into the bottom left.

Brighton got one back just two minutes later. Shane Duffy getting on the end of an in swinging free kick from the right to head into the bottom right corner from around six yards.

Then in the ninetieth minute a Brighton corner caused all kinds of panic in the Southampton box, with at least two Saints defenders involving themselves in a wrestling match with the Brighton forwards. A silly way to give away a penalty kick so late in the game, but they really gave the referee little choice but to point to the spot. Up stepped Glenn Murray to convert straight down the middle.

2-2 final score.


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