Preview - Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion 06 May 19

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Match Day 37
Arsenal vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Monday, May 6th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.92
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (19)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L L D L D
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Glen Murray (11)

A run of four defeats in five in the Premier League now means that Arsenal's most likely route into the Champion's League next season is via a win in the Europa League. Fourth place isn't impossible, but they do need to win their final two games of the season and hope that Chelsea slip up. First up it's the visit of Brighton to the Emirates.

Depending upon how Cardiff City get on at home to Crystal Palace, Brighton will either be in celebratory mood having avoided relegation, or facing a final day sweat should they fail to get anything out of this game.

The Seagulls did hold Arsenal to a draw in the reverse of this fixture. The Gunners picked up the points with a 2-0 win in the game here last season.

Rob Holding, Aaron Ramsey, Héctor Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are all out injured for the home side, whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended. Davy Pröpper looks like being the sole absentee for Brighton.

Arsenal's 16 game unbeaten run at home in the league was ended with defeat to Crystal Palace in their most recent fixture here, and they will be looking at this game as the ideal opportunity to bounce back. They should arrive in good spirits having beaten Valencia 3-1 in midweek.

Brighton are now without a win in seven in the Premier League, but do look likely to survive by the skin on their teeth. They have won only three of 18 on the road and arrive here having failed to score in each of their last three.

It's hard to see past Arsenal. They did admittedly slip up to Palace here, but still scored twice and Brighton simply don't look to have the fire-power to get anything out of this.

Prediction: Arsenal 4 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  20 - 11
Shots on target: 8 - 5
Corner Kicks: 16 - 3
Possession: 71% - 29%

Sokratis, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichsteiner, Matteo Guendouzi and Shkodran Mustafi were all booked for the home side in this one, with Pascal Gross and Lewis Dunk of Brighton also having their names taken by referee Anthony Taylor.

This game looked as would be expected from a stats perspective - although Brighton did better than we would have anticipated in the final third, with five efforts on target being a decent return for an away side here. They certainly seemed a more relaxed side than they have been in recent weeks, no doubt due to the fact that the spectre of relegation has now finally been laid to rest.

Neither side could find a way through from open play on the day, with the only goals of the game coming from the penalty spot.

The Gunners were very nearly in front as soon as this one began, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan seeing an effort from the edge of the area come back off the inside of the left-hand post.

Eight minutes later Arsenal did have the lead. Alireza Jahanbakhsh bringing down Nacho Monreal in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box and the referee pointing to the spot. Pierre-Emerick Aubamaeyang stepping up to fire into the bottom left for his 20th goal of the season.

Arsenal pushed for a second but were finding Matt Ryan equal to their efforts. 1-0 at the break.

The equaliser arrived in the 61st minute. Solly March bursting into the left of the area and getting in a tangle with Granit Xhaka. Penalty kick. Glen Murray doing the honours to finish into the right-hand side. 1-1 final score.

Desperately disappointing result for the Gunners which all but ends their Champion's League aspirations - although they may yet qualify by winning the Europa League. In order to qualify through the league they now need Spurs to lose at home to Everton whilst they win at Burnley, and have an eight goal swing in their favour….

Decent display from now safe Brighton. They remain fourth bottom headed into their final game at home to title chasing Manchester City.

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