League : Premier League
Match : AFC Bournemouth vs Brighton
Tip : AFC Bournemouth to Win
Safety : 85%
Bournemouth’s hopes of silverware this season took a big blow on Wednesday as they lost 1-0 away to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, but even with their recent downturn in form The Cherries can be very pleased with how this season has gone so far.
Admittedly, they have lost 6 of their last 7 Premier League games, but their fantastic start to the campaign means they remain in a respectable 11th place and they are only 3 points adrift of Manchester United in 6th.
It’s difficult to be too critical of Bournemouth during their recent slump as well. They have had to face Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool in their last 7 league outings, and with trips to Wembley and Old Trafford coming up before the end of 2018 they could really do with a morale boosting win here.
Brighton are another team who have been surprisingly successful this season, sitting up in 13th place in the table and holding a comfortable 9 point cushion between them and the relegation zone they are striving to avoid.
Just like last season, it’s The Seagulls home form that’s bringing home the bacon. Away from home they aren’t quite as bad as last term, but they still struggle enormously. Brighton have won 2, drawn 1, and lost 6 of their 9 Premier League away games, only managing to beat Huddersfield and Newcastle and picking p a point at Southampton. They are yet to take anything from a team above them in the table when away from home.
Bournemouth have lost 3 times at home this season, but these defeats came against the big hitters in the league. Manchester United and Arsenal were both relatively fortunate to take victories at the Vitality Stadium as well, although Liverpool did blow them out of the water earlier this month.
Considering Brighton’s away record since their return to the top flight last season, we fancy Bournemouth to get back on track here and backing a home win along with a 2-1 correct score predictions looks a great shout. With all 4 of Ryan Fraser’s league goals coming at the Vitality Stadium this season, we think he’s a great choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions as well.