Bournemouth v Brighton betting odds and tips



Manager Oscar Garcia insisted that his Brighton team would eventually turn the corner in terms of results and it has been borne out by three straight wins which has elevated Albion up the table and into ninth place.

The Sussex team are now bidding for a third away win on the spin after victories against Doncaster and Wigan, with odds of 6/4 available with William Hill free bet that Brighton claim the points against their south coast rivals.

The visitors have been especially impressive from a defensive point-of-view on the road and the presence of Matthew Upson at the back has been a huge plus for the team, while the goals have been starting to flow in recent matches.

Ashley Barnes was at the double recently during a 3-0 triumph against Blackburn Rovers and can be backed at 13/2 to score first in this encounter, while Leroy Lita will be hoping to get a run out and is a 7/1 poke to break the deadlock.

Bournemouth have been hit and miss at Dean Court this term, winning four and losing four of their eight matches on home soil, although Eddie Howe is doing a reasonable job of consolidating the Cherries’ position in the Championship after enjoying promotion last term.

Last Saturday’s home reverse against Derby means that Howe’s team have failed to win any of their last five matches since a 5-2 thrashing of Millwall, while they have lost their last two at home and scoring goals is proving to be a problem at the moment.

Howe told the BBC: “On Saturday, the team was mainly the same as last season. We haven’t made wholesale changes.

“The club has changed dramatically in recent years, it has to have done for us to get to this position, compared with where we were in League Two.

“But we are still fighting every day to try to compete with clubs and resources of the likes of Derby, so there does need to be that check in expectation.”

You can back the Cherries at 2/1 to claim three points in this match, with Lewis Grabban and Brett Pitman likely to continue in attack for the home side, while Tukelo Rantie looks a talented prospect on loan from Malmo and can be backed at 15/2 to break the deadlock.

However, the momentum appears to be with Brighton for this encounter and they have conceded a measly five goals on the road this term, with a 1-0 win for the visitors on offer at odds of 9/1 with Ladbrokes online, while a 2-0 triumph can be backed at odds of 13/1.

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