It’s a South Coast derby as Brighton travel to Dean Court to take on Bournemouth
After Brighton’s win last weekend, which ended their goalless start to the season, this match is probably more important for Bournemouth. However, both will know this is the sort of game they should be getting from if they are to achieve their goals for the campaign.
The Cherries have struggled to get their attack going but that wasn’t the case last term as they only failed to score in three home matches. Moreover, they’ve won their last four at home against promoted teams while netting 15 times and also won seven of 11 matches here last season against teams that finished below them. Brighton got a deserved 3-1 win over West Brom last time out but we expect them to find life harder on the road. So far they’ve failed to score at either Leicester or Watford – who had 10 men for over an hour – and since the start of last season promoted teams have failed to score in 55% of their away matches. There should be a response from Bournemouth after their previous lacklustre displays and we think their superior quality makes the home win good value.
Bournemouth v Brighton
However, those three points might need to be ground out a bit more than in those swashbuckling displays last term given their current lack of fluidity. Seven of Brighton’s nine defeats last season came to nil so back that trend to continue here in what may well be a low scoring affair.
Bournemouth v Brighton [To Win To Nil]
Jermain Defoe and Josh King are both looking to get off the mark for the season but the latter’s form in the second half of last season was the far superior and, unlike Defoe, he’s played the full 90 minutes each week and taken the majority of Bournemouth’s shots. Therefore, at almost identical prices, King is the one we fancy to open the scoring.
Tip: Joshua King
Bournemouth v Brighton [First Goalscorer]
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