Monday’s Premier League football comes from the south coast as Brighton and Hove Albion play host to Stoke City.
The Seagulls have made a solid start to the season and, having avoided defeat in each of their last four fixtures, Chris Hughton’s charges will fancy their chances of continuing their fine form against the Potters at Amex Stadium.
Brighton have been beaten in just one of their six matches on their own patch so far this season – a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season – and the hosts can be backed at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power to pick up all three points from this match, while the same firm go 21/10 (3.10) that Hughton’s men are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Stoke secured their first away win of the campaign in their most recent match on the road – an impressive 1-0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road – while the Potters showed their battling qualities as they twice came from behind to earn a point against Leicester City on home soil before the international break; Paddy Power go 11/5 (3.20) that Stoke pick up all three points from this one.
Mark Hughes’ men have scored in all but one of their last 10 Premier League matches, while the Seagulls have scored in seven of their last eight fixtures in the top tier and Paddy Power go even money (2.0) that there are goals at both ends in this match, while the same firm offer 5/4 (2.25) that the fixture produces more than two goals.
It is worth noting, though, that five of Brighton’s six home matches so far this season have seen fewer than three goals scored with the bookmaker offering 8/13 (1.62) that the trend continues in this clash, while the odds compilers offer 8/11 (1.72) that either team fails to find the net – a selection that would have landed in five of the last seven games that Hughton’s men have played in all competitions.
Punters, therefore, may anticipate a tight, tense affair when these two teams lock horns, but there have been goals at both ends in three of Albion’s last four fixtures on their own patch, while both teams have scored in seven of the last nine Premier League matches that the Potters have played.
Backing goals at both ends, then, could prove to be a shrewd selection for punters and Paddy Power offer even money (2.0) that these two teams are on target when they meet in Monday’s match at Amex Stadium.