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Brighton & Hove Albion got their first ever Premier League campaign off to a shaky start but they have nevertheless managed better than even their most ardent fans will have hoped and now sit ninth in the Premier League with a game-in-hand over the sides above them in the table. This game-in-hand takes place tonight with Stoke City the visitors to the Falmer Stadium and a win on home soil would lift the Seagulls above Watford, however boss Chris Hughton isn’t getting too carried away.
“There’s no better feeling than winning games and we weren’t sure how the season was going to unfold,” he said to reporters following the win against Swansea City last time out. “Eighth has surpassed our expectation, most newly promoted teams would say the same, but we’ve got to be guarded against any type of complacency. We go into a very heavy and difficult six weeks after the international break. We’ve got a lot of difficult games in December and that period will say something about what we’re like as a side.”
The Seagulls have suffered just a single defeat in their last six outings – this being against Arsenal – and with three wins during that run we believe that they will provide visitors Stoke City with tough opposition this evening. The Potters were on the receiving end of a 7-2 hammering by Manchester City last month and this was followed by a 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth, however they bounced back from this by taking four points from their last two outings and they will be a tough nut for the home side to crack.
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Nevertheless Stoke City’s record away from the Bet365 Stadium is pretty abysmal and cannot be overlooked. The Potters have collected just four points from their five away games in the Premier League while Brighton’s sole defeat on home soil came to Manchester City on the opening day of the campaign. The Seagulls have been forced to a share of the spoils in their last two matches at the Falmer Stadium however and as such the visitors will be confident of heading home with something for their troubles, however we certainly don’t share their confidence and Brighton look good value at 7/5 to send the Potters packing tonight.
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