Brighton vs. Arsenal Picks
(2u) Brighton to win @ +205
After a painfully dull affair at Villa Park to restart the Premier League—where Sheffield United unofficially came away with all three points—Manchester City and Arsenal reminded us just why we missed the Premier League so much.
The Gunners were competitive for much of the first half, but a David Luiz disaster ensured all three points remained in Manchester, and a string of injuries along the way topped off what ended up a terrible evening for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Not only do Arsenal now have to recover and head to the south coast in just a couple of days, but mentally they must also be exhausted, having travelled up to Manchester just a couple of hours before kick-off.
The Gunners will be exhausted in a number of ways, and I’m going quite bold and backing Brighton to win at +205.
Albion, who haven’t yet won a game in 2020, will be fully aware that this break came at a good time for them. Moreover, the empty stadium will benefit them more than others.
Graham Potter’s men generally go into their shell when the Amex crowd get on their backs, and while some strugglers such as Villa and Watford rely on vociferous home crowds to help them earn the points they need, I feel Brighton would rather get the ball down and play, and the home crowd’s absence will perversely help them – in my humble opinion (having experienced the negative effect it has on the players many, many times!).
You cannot underestimate just how hard it’ll be for Arsenal’s players to recover after a hammering by Manchester City following such a long lay off, in just a couple of days, and with injuries and suspensions, they’re ripe for the picking.
Brighton has started the last two seasons very well before fading away, and Potter will be hoping the break will give his side a chance to clear their heads and start again.
Technically, Brighton are better than most of the other relegation-battlers, but their mental fortitude isn’t so impressive. Without crowds, I believe they’ll benefit.
(1u) Neal Maupay to score anytime @ +175
I also like the look of Neal Maupay scoring at any time, priced at +175.
The Frenchman has netted eight times this season, and headed-in Albion’s winner at The Emirates. Furthermore, he’s a quick, aggressive striker who can cause real issues for Arsenal’s depleted, heavy-legged defence.
Arsenal has kept just two away clean sheets since the opening day, and while an empty stadium somewhat dilutes stats like these, it’s still another trip on the road just three days after their City defeat, and this must have some sort of impact on the visiting players.
Brighton vs. Arsenal United Odds
Arsenal to win: +148 - Click here to bet on Arsenal with 888
Brighton to win: +205 - Click here to bet on Manchester United with BetAmerica
Draw: +240 - Click here to bet on a draw with Bet365
Brighton vs. Arsenal Betting
46.53% of bets are on Arsenal to win
37.62% of bets are on Brighton to win
15.84% of bets are on a draw