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Brighton vs Arsenal Prediction & Match Preview

Brighton vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Amex Stadium.

Arsenal relieved a huge amount pressure from manager Mikel Arteta’s shoulders with a crucial 3-1 victory over local rivals Chelsea.

The key question now is whether they can back such a result up with a second successive league triumph, as they travel to Brighton. The Seagulls are winless in their last six matches and are currently hovering just two points above the bottom three.

Confidence is likely low in the Brighton camp with head coach Graham Potter unable to call upon influential right wing-back Tariq Lamptey for this game due to injury.

With Arsenal having enjoyed an extra days recovery time leading into this match, the Gunners could be set to profit here, with Arteta’s men taking their momentum from their victory over Chelsea into this encounter and securing another three points, this time over a physically drained Brighton.

Brighton vs Arsenal: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Brighton Arsenal played so far 8 matches.
Brighton won 3 direct matches. Arsenal won 3 matches. 2 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.13 goals per Match.

Brighton vs Arsenal: Prediction

Brighton in actual season average scored 1.25 goals per match. In 9 (81.82%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Arsenal average scored 1.71 goals per match in season 2020. In 9 (69.23%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (53.85%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey missed out the draw with the Hammers due to a hamstring issue, but Potter has reassured supporters that the highly-rated youngster's injury is not serious and he should be back soon.

Lamptey could come back in for Ben White on the right-hand side if he is deemed fit, while Davy Propper is in line for a recall to the midfield with only 48 hours for Brighton to recover.

Joel Veltman is also an option for Potter if Lamptey remains sidelined for the visit of Arteta's men, and Adam Lallana is also likely to miss out with a groin problem.

Meanwhile, Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes will miss this game and the Gunners' trip to West Bromwich Albion after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

David Luiz and Willian are also ill but have both tested negative for COVID-19, while Thomas Partey will not recover in time for the journey to the South Coast either.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shook off a calf problem to make the bench against Chelsea and he is expected to be recalled here, while Nicolas Pepe could start on the opposite flank.

Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Webster, Dunk, Burn; Veltman, Bissouma, Propper, March; Maupay, Trossard; Welbeck

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette