The Premier League returned on Wednesday night with a thumping defeat for Arsenal. The top-flight in England wasted little time in making a host of talking points for fans that have been craving action in England. But, Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his side will be able to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton vs Arsenal Odds
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The action restarted on Wednesday night with a crushing defeat for Arsenal, as the Gunners were swatted aside by a ruthless Manchester City. There would have been a host of concerns for Mike Arteta as defensively, the Gunners were not nearly good enough to compete. Their chances were hindered by the arrival of David Luiz into the game, as the Brazilian made a huge mistake for the opening goal. He miscontrolled the ball, which allowed Raheem Sterling to pounce and fire the ball into the net. Things went from bad to worse for Luiz as he brought down Riyad Mahrez to concede a penalty.
Luiz was sent off, before Kevin De Bruyne fired past Bernd Leno. City wrapped up the comfortable win with a final goal in injury time scored by Phil Foden. The Gunners will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Brighton on Saturday.
Brighton & Hove Albion will restart the season locked in a relegation battle, and they are 11 points away from the magical 40 points, which is considered the bench mark to stay in the division. They are two points clear of West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth at present, which means that they will need to begin the restart strongly to pull themselves clear.
Brighton’s form had been disastrous before the break as they hadn’t won in their previous six. However, they only lost twice during that run as the consistently picked up draws. Graham Potter will be hoping that his side have enough to pull clear of the relegation places. But this will be a tough assignment.
Brighton vs Arsenal Recent Meetings
Brighton have only beaten Arsenal on four occasions, while the Gunners have recorded 12 successes. Meanwhile, the two sides have played out four draws in the past. Since Brighton have been a Premier League side, the Gunners have only beaten Brighton once, with that success coming in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Seagulls have been unbeaten over the last four meetings. That includes their famous 2-1 away win over Arsenal from earlier in the season. Adam Webster and Neal Maupay scored the goals on that occasion to fire Brighton to the victory.
Brighton vs Arsenal Picks
This should be an entertaining fixture between two sides that like to play football the right way. However, the Gunners were poor in the recent defeat against Manchester City, and they will be affected by the number of injuries that they have in the defensive positions. The preference would be for a score draw in this clash.
Tip: The draw at +230 with BetOnline.ag.