Bournemouth vs Brighton – Friday 15th September 2017 – 20:00 - Sky Sports Football

Bournemouth are 23/20 with Jermain Defoe and Joshua King at 4/1 to score first.

Bournemouth face Brighton at the Vitality Stadium on Friday evening, in the opening match of the weekends Premier League fixtures.

The Cherries come into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal, another tough result for Eddie Howe's side.

Danny Welbeck scored a goal in both halves for the hosts Arsenal (6 & 50), who dominated proceedings at the Emirates.

Alexandre Lacazette scored his second home goal of the Premier League campaign (27), with another fine finish.

It means Welbeck has taken his tally to three goals in four Premier League games this season, an excellent return.


Tough Start

Bournemouth have had a tough start to this season, they find themselves in 19th place in the Premier League.

They have conceded eight goals during this time, scoring just the one goal against Manchester City.

Eddie Howe has done an exceptional job with Bournemouth, bringing them up the leagues and keeping them in the top division.

This game takes on extra importance, with the players referring to this as a cup final for the club.

Cherries Favourites

Eddie Howe's side come into this match as favourites, with home advantage informing the bookies.

This will be a tough match for Bournemouth, with luck and form against them this season.

Bournemouth will be looking to register their 8th win in 21 matches against Brighton.

BournemouthMixed Start

The Seagulls come into this match in mixed form, but secured an impressive 3-1 against West Brom last weekend.

Pascal Gross sketched his name into the history books, scoring Brighton's first ever goals in the Premier League.

The German scored two goals one on the stroke of half time (45), the second coming just three minutes after the break (48).

Gross then turned provider in the 63rd minute, setting up Tomer Hemed to make it 3-0 just past the hour.

James Morrison pulled one back for the Baggies 13 minutes from time (77), merely a consolation goal.

It was a historic day for Brighton, and at the fourth time of asking they have registered their first win as a PL side.

Amazing Win

Hughton's men had a tough start in the league, facing Manchester City and Leicester in their opening two games.

They struggled to break down ten men Watford but managed to find their scoring touch in spectacular fashion.

Bournemouth will be a tough proposition at home, the fact the Cherries have yet to win makes them dangerous.


Seagulls Underdogs

Brighton come into this match as the underdogs, with the Cherries home advantage informing the bookies.

Chris Hughton's side will be looking to win this fixture and make it back to back PL wins.

The Seagulls will be looking for a first win in seven matches against Bournemouth.


Brighton are 12/5 with Glenn Murray at 13/2 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Defoe to score first @ 4/1

Tip 2 – Bournemouth to win 2-1 @ 8/1

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