Brighton vs Southampton Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Izquierdo, Propper, Stephens, Knockaert, Gross, Murray
Forster, Soares, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Boufal, Davis, Romeu, Tadic, Long, Gabbiadini
Brighton are newcomers in the Premier League and they started the season with two defeats. Many, including me, believed they will come back to the Championship Division, however the Seagulls managed to collect 11 points in the next seven rounds and now sit in the middle of the table. Of course, there is no space for any relaxation and they must continue with the positive results. The actual form is good, Brighton beat West Ham with 3:0 in the previous round. Even more, the victory came away from home. Glenn Murray was a double scorer on that match, while Jose Izquierdo also found the back of the net. Murray is in excellent form, but one more players should be mention - Pascal Gross. He has been involved in six of Brighton's nine league goals this season, with two goals and four assists. The atmosphere in the squad is positive, while the players confidence is high. A victory on this match will ensure back-to-back top-flight victories for the first time since September 1982. Most of the players are available, including Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock. Midfielder Kayal has recover from a broken leg while forward Baldock is back after calf surgery. That means Steve Sidwell is the only injured player for the hosts.
Southampton are also in the middle of the table. The Saints have twelve points, one more than their actual opponents. The current form could be described as solid, they have one win and one draw on the last two league matches. In the previous round Southampton managed to beat West Bromwich with 1:0. Sofiane Boufal was the hero of that match after scored the winning goal in the 85th minute. It was his first goal in 23 Premier League games. Manager Mauricio Pellegrino said Boufal isn't guaranteed a starting berth, but I expect to play from the first minute. Three players are struggling with injuries ahead of this match. Midfielder Mario Lemina is out with an ankle injury sustained in training, while defender Jeremy Pied remain sidelined with a groin problem. Matt Targett is rated as doubtful.
Brighton vs Southampton Prediction:
I expect a low scoring game at Amex Stadium. Brighton's last two home matches in the Premier League have finished with Under 2.5 goals. Southampton, meanwhile, go into this match as the joint-lowest scorers in the top half of the table, with only eight goals. Their striker Shane Long is out of form - he has failed to score a single goal in his last 26 appearances for club and national team. Considering these facts, I expect maximum two goals here.
Brighton vs Southampton Pick: Under 2.5 goals