Brighton will take on fellow strugglers Fulham at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
Both sides had already met last month when they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on 16 December.
Unbeaten in their three Premier League meetings against Brighton (1-2-0), Fulham would be desperate to snatch a result here, otherwise the gap between both sides will remain five points, at least.
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The Seagulls have just claimed their first home win since September but they’re yet to win a Premier League home game since June. However, their recent 2-1 FA Cup victory over Blackpool is something they would love to build on because 13 games have passed since Graham Potter’s men last won a Premier League game at the Amex.
Having beaten Leeds United in their last Premier League outing, Graham Potter’s side are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since November 2019.
A victory in midweek will take Graham Potter’s side eight points clear of the drop zone and this could provide some momentum for the coming weeks when the Seagulls will first take on Tottenham Hotspur next weekend and then they are set for three consecutive away games against Liverpool and Burnley in the Premier League, as well as against Leicester City in FA Cup.
All in all, Brighton’s last five Premier League wins have come on the road and the Seagulls already failed to beat West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Sheffield United in Sussex earlier in the campaign.
Glenn Murray was responsible for all four goals scored for Brighton against Fulham in the Premier League era but the veteran-forward joined the Championship club Watford on a one-year loan deal and Graham Potter will hope that Neal Maupay could get into Murray’s talismanic role and the 24 years old France forward could materialize Brighton’s chances.
Having scored in each of his last three Premier League starts, including the winner against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side last time out, will be keen to score in four successive league starts for the first time since September 2018 when did it for his former club Brentford in the Championship.
Potter named a strong XI at the weekend so it will be extremely interesting to see how many of those would be retained for the Premier League round – and what sort of side he goes for compared to the starting side that triumphed at Elland Road 10 days ago.
Graham Potter remains without no fewer than half a dozen players for the crucial game as the likes of Tariq Lamptey, José Izquierdo, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Florin Andone and Danny Welbeck are all injured and will miss out again, while experienced midfielder Adam Lallana and Irish forward Aaron Connolly are both doubts and will be assessed ahead of this one.
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Winners of the lucrative Championship play-offs usually tend to struggle but the West London side faced an even trickier task than normal on their quick return to the top-flight.
However, Scott Parker’s side improved their defending over the course of the campaign. They have become very difficult to beat since the beginning of December, even though they’re now winless in seven, losing just two of them.
Fulham will head to the South coast after three consecutive home defeats but to be honest, they were not that bad as the results probably suggest, at least in the League games we’ve watched.
First, the Cottagers suffered a 1-0 home loss to West London rivals Chelsea but Scott Parker’s side were down to 10 men for most of the time, while they were not an easy match for an in-form Manchester United side only a few days later, when Paul Pogba’s fabulous strike sealed a hard-fought 2-1 victory for the Red Devils.
And if we can say that the defeats to Chelsea and Manchester United could be justified, even though Fulham already took points from their home games against other top-six clubs like Liverpool and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the campaign, they suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
As a result, The Cottagers have now gone seven home matches without a win across all competitions for the first since October 1995 (3 draws, 4 losses).
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a brace for Fulham’s 4-2 home win over Brighton in January 2019 and the Serb also scored for in their most recent visit at the Amex Stadium in September 2018 – a 2-2 draw. However, considering his current form and long-lasting goal drought, it’s more likely to see Ademola Lookman on top of Scott Parker’s 3-4-2-1 system.
The 23-years-old Lookman has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other Fulham player this season, with three goals and three assists to his name.
Scott Parker will have to once again pick his starting side without injured Tom Cairney as the skipper is still recovering from a knee injury.
Bobby Decordova-Reid (4 goals in 16 EPL appearances this season) returned to the starting side following suspension, as Fulham’s top goalscorer was ruled out of the clash against Manchester United last week, and could be another option to lead the line against Brighton, whereas the USA international Antonee Robinson is set to serve the last match of a three-match ban for a reckless challenge on Chelsea’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Possible Starting Lineups of Brighton and Fulham
Brighton: Robert Sánchez – Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Ben White – Joël Veltman, Yves Bissouma, Davy Pröpper, Solly March – Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard – Neal Maupay. (3-4-2-1)
Fulham: Alphonse Areola – Ola Aina, Tosin Adarabioyo, Joachim Andersen – Kenny Tete, André Zambo Anguissa, Harrison Reed, Joe Bryan – Bobby Decordova-Reid, Ivan Cavaleiro – Ademola Lookman. (3-4-2-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Brighton are +111 favorites to earn their first home win of the Premier League season to lift at least a bit of the pressure on manager Graham Potter, while Fulham’s chances to claim a precious victory that would reduce the gap between both fellow strugglers are rated at odds of +255.
Meanwhile, another draw between these two sides could be backed at odds of +220 with BetOnline.
The Seagulls may have been in good form lately, losing just one of their last five games in all competitions (3-1-1), but their home record remains a real concern and they’ll have to end it against a Fulham side who are a tough nut to crack, even for the top sides.
We expect Over 2, 2½ (2.25) Goals at the Amex on Wednesday.
Spooky Express Free Play: Over 2, 2½ (2.25) Goals -119 @ BetOnline for 7/10 Units