Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups
Brighton & Hove Albion, the pacesetters early in the season, will welcome an ever-improving Arsenal to Amex Stadium for Saturday night’s Premier League battle.
The Seagulls saved a point just in death against Crystal Palace last time out, while Mikel Arteta’s men rampaged in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Seagulls’ wings were ready to be clipped when Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha scored a penalty at the halftime break to put his side on the rise as the Eagles looked to get ahead in the battle of the skies and the M23. .
However, a poor clearance by Vicente Guaita in the dying embers allowed Joel Veltman to push Neal Maupay aside with a delicious first pass, and the Frenchman caught Guaita in no-man’s-land to pass the ball over the Spaniard and send to the visiting crowd delirious.
While that 1-1 draw ended Brighton’s three-game winning streak across all tournaments, Graham Potter’s team have enjoyed a much better start to the season than most could have imagined and are sixth in the league. table after six games, although they missed a chance to go to the top at Selhurst Park.
However, Potter’s team continues to keep pace with the greats and will come under increasing pressure to maintain such rich form in the weeks ahead, but his only loss so far this season came at home to him. Everton.
Unbelievably, only Manchester City and Chelsea can boast more clean sheets at home than Brighton in the Premier League since the turn of the year, but their opponents are on cloud nine after a remarkable display of offensive cunning against their rivals to the north. From london.
Normally, the book of forms is broken before Tottenham visits the Emirates Stadium for another classic North London derby, but amid the alarming downfall of the Lilywhites, Arsenal’s resurgence continued with a deserved 3-1 success. to their own fans. .
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe each scored a goal and an assist, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang paid tribute to Thierry Henry with goal and celebration from him in a near-perfect first half, and Son Heung-min could only give one consolation. in the end. .
Mikel Arteta has now witnessed his Gunners team progress towards four consecutive victories in all competitions, with Arsenal now ranking 10th in the table as the only Premier League team to have taken nine points out of the last nine. in offer.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal are a different beast now that their first-choice defense is available and their medical room is nearly empty, and losses at Brentford and Manchester City represent the Gunners’ only losses in their last 10 games of the season. Premier League away from home.
Brighton previously lost just one of their first six league games with Arsenal after gaining promotion in 2017, but the Gunners doubled over the Seagulls last season, scoring three goals and conceding a total of zero in the process.