Preview - AFC Bournemouth vs Brighton & Hove Albion 22 January 20

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Match Day 24
AFC Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Wednesday, January 22nd 2020
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.87
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Harry Wilson (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L W D L D
Average goals per match: 1.13
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Neal Maupay (7)

Oh dear Bournemouth! Defeat at rock bottom Norwich City on Match Day 23 in the Premier League means that the Cherries have now lost ten of their last twelve fixtures. Predictably that run now leaves Eddie Howe's men in the relegation quagmire. Now second bottom and three points adrift of safety, they will be seeking to stop the rot on Match Day 24 as 15th placed Brighton & Hove Albion come to town.

Brighton came out on top in the reverse fixture with a 2-0 win at the AMEX. The sides met twice here last season; Bournemouth winning 2-0 in the league, and Brighton winning 3-1 in the FA Cup.

Bournemouth continue to be hamstrung by their list of absentees. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Charlie Daniels, Joshua King and Jack Stacey are all out injured for this one, whilst Steve Cook is suspended. Leon Balagun, José Izquierdo and Dan Burn miss out for Brighton.

Goals are proving to be a major issue for Bournemouth who have now scored one or fewer in each of their past seven in front of their own fans.

Brighton arrive on the back of a slightly disappointing home draw with Aston Villa. They haven't been good away from home in winning only two of 12, scoring more than once in only two of those fixtures.

The fact that Bournemouth keep the ball pretty well may negate one of Brighton's main advantages. So poor have the hosts been in front of goal though that a low-scoring draw may be the best they can hope for.

Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 1 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 11 - 21
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 34% - 66%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Kevin Friend taking the names of Jefferson Lerma of the home side and Bernardo of Brighton.

Bournemouth simply had to win this game, and in the end win it they did. Quite how they managed to do so so comfortably though is something of a mystery. Three shots on target equated to three goals and a win for the home side, whilst for Brighton over 20 shots and total dominance in possession equated to nothing at all.

The home side had Aaron Ramsdale to thank for remaining on level terms early on, with the keeper making an excellent point-blank stop to deny Neal Maupay.

The hosts then took the lead nine minutes before the break. Dominic Solanke to Harry Wilson in the right of the area, and Wilson volleying home powerfully down the middle from twelve yards out to the right-hand side.

Just five minutes later it was two. Diego Rico playing in a corner from the right-hand side and Pascal Gross getting himself in a right muddle to deflect the ball behind himself and into his own net from only a couple of yards. 2-0 at the break.

16 minutes from time this was all over. Solanke's attempted through ball clipping the heel of Adam Webster but running kindly for Callum Wilson to race into the area from the left, running across and around the keeper before slotting home into the empty net.

Brighton did grab themselves a consolation nine minutes from time. A ball in from the right being nodded clear, but only as far as Aaron Mooy lurking just inside the area. Mooy taking a touch to his left before lashing a fine strike into the top right corner from around twelve yards out and slightly to the left. 3-1 final score.

Bournemouth remain third bottom and so inside the relegation zone, but are now only behind West Ham United on goal difference. Sitting only two points clear of the drop, Brighton themselves remain firmly involved in the relegation scrap.

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