Saturday sees the Seagulls re-open their Premier League campaign hosting Arsenal at The Amex. We tip this match that could end with further misery for the North London outfit.
Who is playing?
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 30.
What time is Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal?
15:00 GMT, Saturday 20th June 2020.
Where do Brighton & Hove Albion play?
The American Express Community Stadium (The AMEX), Brighton.
Where can I watch Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal?
BT Sport 1
Thoughts on Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal
The ‘business end’ of seasons, the crunch period, the last stretch – this personifies the omnipotence of the sport of football: suddenly every game in this final run in of fixtures has their stakes considerably amplified, every match becomes ten times more difficult; each game becomes a must-win and no club can afford to drop points. This game is no exception. Circumstance and scarcity of matches remaining combine to create a concoction of pressure and burden of delivery, and is exactly why we all longed for the return of the beautiful game, specially the Premier League.
To say both teams are desperately in need of a victory, is a dire understatement. History is Albion’s ally here however, with Arsenal’s last win in this fixture coming October 2017, not to mention the reverse fixture this season in which Brighton were victorious 2-1, thoroughly deserving their victory out-shooting the home side by 20 shots to 12. In the five total matches the two teams have had whilst Brighton have been a Premier League club, Arsenal have only won once, incidentally their first ever meeting: the aforementioned October 2017 contest.
No better time for Brighton to strike?
Graham Potter’s debut campaign in the top tier of English football has been underwhelming, as his Brighton side sit a paltry two points ahead of the relegation zone. Despite all his potential as a head coach: his progressive fluid style of football and his unflinching approach to count on youth, results haven’t yielded. Winning just 21% of games all season, the joint second worst in the entire division, only better than 20th place Norwich.
Yet that being said, considering Arsenal’s dismal performance on Wednesday and the injury and suspensions subjecting the Gunners’ squad, that fellow relegation candidates Watford, West Ham and Aston Villa all have tough games on the weekend (facing Leicester, Wolves and Chelsea respectively), and that Brighton are win-less in nine games – there really is no better time for Potter to pick up three points. Especially if they want to close the five point gap on Southampton and extend the distance between them and the drop.
No killer edge to the Gunners.
As fate would have it, despite the three-month hiatus, Arsenal would always be ‘Arsenal’ in their first game back, or in Layman’s terms: David Luiz would always be David Luiz. Whilst the Brazilian deservedly shoulders all the blame, there was no evidence that the other end of the field for Arsenal was in much better shape, registering zero shots on target on Wednesday. That being said, whilst it feels as if there’s no way to be worse than Luiz’s showing at the Etihad – you wouldn’t put it past Mustafi and Sokratis on Sunday, would you? Especially with Pablo Mari injured.
It’s exactly this typicality amongst Arsenal performances that Arteta will need to erase if they have any ambition of achieving Europa League, let alone the Champions. Worryingly for Arsenal, in games on the road against the teams currently below Brighton in the table, (excluding West Ham where they won 3-1 and Aston Villa who they haven’t faced away yet) they’ve drawn all of them. This season the North London outfit have drawn more games than they’ve won, thirteen the joint most in the division alongside Wolves, equating to 44.8% of their games. The Gunners will need to correct this on the weekend otherwise they can kiss their European hopes goodbye.
Brighton & Hove Albion recent matches:
- Wolves (a) 0-0 draw
- Crystal Palace (h) 0-1 defeat
- Sheffield United (a) 1-1 draw
- Watford (h) 1-1 draw
- West Ham (a) 3-3 draw
Arsenal recent matches:
- Manchester City (a) 3-0 defeat
- West Ham United (h) 1-0 win
- Portsmouth (a) 0-2 win
- Olympiacos (h) 1-2 defeat
- Everton (h) 3-2 win
Brighton & Hove Albion top scorers:
- Neal Maupay (Forward) – 8 Premier League goals
- Leandro Trossard (Midfielder) – 3 Premier League goals
Arsenal top scorers:
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Forward) – 17 Premier League goals
- Alexandre Lacazette (Forward) – 7 Premier League goals
|5th December 2019||ARS 1-2 BHA||Premier League|
|5th May 2019||ARS 1-1 BHA||Premier League|
|26th December 2018||BHA 1-1 ARS||Premier League|
Aman’s Betting Tip
*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 18th June) and subject to change.
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