Brighton - Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview: Back the Seagulls to pick up the points

Both sides have made an impressive start to the new season but Willie Duncan believes that Gus Poyet's men will prove too strong for Dave Jones' side at Amex Stadium on Friday

Brighton and Hove Albion will look to continue their recent fine form when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Amex Stadium on Friday night.

Gus Poyet’s men suffered a disappointing defeat on the opening day of the season but have subsequently picked up seven points from a possible nine in their last three matches, including a 5-1 thumping of Barnsley and the Seagulls are good value at William Hill’s 10/11 (1.91) to pick up three points which would take them to the summit of the Championship table.

Wednesday, though, are also eyeing a victory which would put them on top, having made a solid start to the campaign and Dave Jones’ Owls are available at a chunky 14/5 (3.80) with William Hill to secure their first away win of the season.

The same firm go 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in a draw.

Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith is in a rich vein of form having netted four goals in his last two matches and, subsequently the Scot is William Hill’s 4/1 (5.0) favourite to net the opening goal of the game on Friday while the same firm offer even money (2.0) that Mackail-Smith nets at any time.

Mackail-Smith is likely to be partnered up front by Ashley Barnes for the visit of the Owls and Barnes, who has scored twice so far this season, looks decent value at 5/1 (6.0) to grab the opener here.

Wednesday, though, present a potent goal threat themselves, having scored nine league goals so far this term and Spanish star Rodri can be backed to strike first at 8/1 (9.0) with William Hill, while fellow countryman Miguel Angel Llera can be backed at a massive 25/1 (26.0) with the same firm to add to his impressive goal tally for the Owls. Llera may be a central defender but has notched six times in 20 outings for Dave Jones’ side.

This has all the makings of an open, exciting game and the 4/6 (1.67) for both teams to score looks to be good value considering that these two sides have racked up 17 goals in eight matches so far this term between them.

Brighton, though, look far more defensively sound than Friday’s visitors and should be snapped up at William Hill’s generous 10/11 (1.91) quote to celebrate a home victory here.

Brighton and Hove Albion at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill
Ashley Barnes to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter