Ninth-placed Arsenal start the weekend five points off an European qualification spot following the important win last time out, and next in line to try to quell their effervescence is Brighton who are still the only team yet to win a Premier League game this year.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 14th, March
Kick-off: 16:00 pm
Venue: Amex Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Arsenal continued their impressive streak in 2019 with a narrow 1-0 win over West Ham last weekend, with Alexandre Lacazette coming off the bench to secure the hard-fought victory deep into the second half.
Thus, Mikel Arteta’s side have now lost just once inside normal regulation time in their last 13 games in all competitions, winning eight and drawing four times.
On a more impressive note, the Spainard is yet to lose a game on the road since he took over the reins at the club, with the Gunners having gone eleven away games unbeaten, and are unbreached in the last three of such games. They were due to face Manchester City last Wednesday, but saw the game called off over Corona Virus concerns.
Brighton did well to grind out a goalless draw at Wolves last time, their fourth draw in their last five league games which moved them as far as 15th on 29 points, and two clear of the drop zones.
The Seagulls have a lot of tough games coming up, with all of Leicester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City lying in wait in their fixture schedule, and how they navigate these games will prove instrumental in their chances of staying up.
With this fixture having seen close contests in recent times, another cagey encounter could be on the cards between two sides harbouring very different ambitions.
José Izquierdo and Beram Kayal will miss the welcome of Arsenal.
Arsenal will still be without Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Cédric Soares, Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac and perharps, Héctor Bellerín for this one.
Head to Head
In their last 20 competitive meetings in history, Arsenal have 12 wins to Brighton’s four. Four encounters have also ended as draws.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Brighton’s last six home games in the Premier League.
Arsenal have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in their last three league games.
Eight of the last nine matches between these two sides in all competitions have seen both teams score.
Brighton are with zero wins across their last ten competitive games, drawing five of the most recent seven. Brighton’s last five league games (DDDLD)
Arsenal come into this one after beating Portsmouth and West Ham in their last two games, without conceding a goal. Arsenal’s last five league games (DDWWW)
With all of the last four league games between these two having seen both sides find the net, that will be one of the options to take up here. Granted, Arsenal have been uncharacteristically decisive in their defence but I think Brighton will at least find a way of breaching them yet this time and that is 7/10 on odds here.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 10/3 to open the scoring for the Gunners on the goal scorers market. The Gabonese has scored eight goals in seven away games against teams in the bottom half of the table, and will get enough chances to continue doing so here.