Kick-off: 1930, 27/01/2021
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Brighton and Fulham look set for another tight tussle in Wednesday night’s Premier League relegation battle at Amex Stadium.
These teams played out a goalless stalemate at Craven Cottage last month and there is unlikely to be much between them again in the return fixture.
We feel a similar outcome is on the cards and 12/5 for a draw is our initial Brighton vs Fulham prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton ended a nine-match winless run in top-flight fixtures when Neal Maupay’s 17th-minute strike proved enough to pick up maximum points at Leeds.
Albion followed that up with a 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Blackpool at this venue, when the margin of victory really should have been more convincing.
A stunning, long-range effort from Yves Bissouma and Alexis Mac Allister’s deflected shot helped the Seagulls to progress, but several other chances went astray.
“That’s probably the only bit that we can say we can do better with,” manager Graham Potter said of their profligacy.
“I thought we controlled the game but while it’s only by one goal, anything can happen, especially in this competition.”
We’ve felt for some time that Brighton should be clear of the drop zone on overall ability, but their lack of a cutting edge could yet prove costly.
Albion have yet to win at home in the league this term and 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time takes the eye from the Brighton vs Fulham odds.
Last Brighton line-up: Walton, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Propper, Alzate, Tau, Zeqiri.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham can be forgiven for crashing out of the cup via a 3-0 home loss to Burnley, as Scott Parker made eight changes for that contest.
Parker admitted his fringe players were outmuscled by the Lancashire outfit in tough conditions, with snow only cleared from the pitch an hour before kick-off.
“I didn’t feel we deserved anything out of the game,” declared the head coach. “I thought we fell very short of the standards and what we’re used to seeing.
“I think we all understood the challenges we would have faced and we just couldn’t deal with it too well at times and were never able to get a foothold in the game.
“We couldn’t deal with long balls first and foremost. They put you under a lot of pressure with long balls and we struggled with them.”
This will be a different kind of contest, though, and hopefully Fulham’s regular starters will return refreshed.
The Cottagers have deservedly earned plenty of plaudits for knuckling down and addressing the early issues which plagued them after earning promotion.
A run of five league draws included holding Liverpool, Southampton and Spurs, while they were competitive in narrow losses to Chelsea and Manchester United.
Loan signing Ademola Lookman opened the scoring in a 2-1 defeat against the Red Devils and looked lively throughout that encounter.
The 23-year-old former Everton starlet may now be ready to show why RB Leipzig paid out £22.5million to secure his services.
Let’s finish off our Brighton vs Fulham betting tips by taking 6/1 for Lookman to break the deadlock again here.
Last Fulham line-up: Rodak, Hector, Ream, Adarabioyo, Bryan, Lemina, Onomah, Zambo, Mitrovic, Decordova-Reid, Kamara.
BRIGHTON 2-1 Blackpool – Yves Bissouma, Steven Alzate
FULHAM 0-3 Burnley
Head-to-head: Fulham 0-0 Brighton, Fulham 4-2 Brighton, Brighton 2-2 Fulham
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