Kick-off: 2000, 17/09/2018
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Southampton vs Brighton
Southampton and Brighton are generally hard to split on our Trueform ratings, especially if taking out Albion’s surprise win over Manchester United.
That ties in with last season’s two Premier League encounters, which both ended in 1-1 stalemates, so everything points to a close encounter.
Punters can get 23/10 for a Monday night draw at St Mary’s Stadium and that is great value for our main Southampton vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton did come out on top when these teams met in the EFL Cup at Amex Stadium last month, but only Charlie Austin’s 88th-minute strike separated much-changed sides on that occasion.
Saints managed to build on that victory by prevailing 2-0 at Crystal Palace in this competition, with Danny Ings and Pierre Hojbjerg on target and Austin missing a penalty.
Alex McCarthy was superb at the other end and Mark Hughes will have been happy to improve on a tally of just one point from three previous league fixtures.
Hughes hailed the performance as “excellent” and said: “Since the Everton defeat, I’ve seen a real purpose to everything we have done in terms of application and a desire to get points on the board.”
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Soares, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Elyounoussi, Lemina, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings.
Southampton expect to have striking trio Austin, Shane Long and Ings available.
That is despite the fact that Austin (hamstring) and Long (toe) have been absent from training this week, while Ings has been suffering with a blister.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton went into the international break on the back of a brave 2-2 draw at home to Fulham, having fallen 2-0 behind just after the hour mark.
Albion spent good money on the likes of Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Yves Bissouma and Bernardo this summer, but old stalwart Glenn Murray has been the leading light.
The 34-year-old striker opened the scoring in a 3-2 triumph over Manchester United and bagged both goals versus the Cottagers.
Punters should also note that Murray netted at home and away versus the Saints last season.
He can help the Seagulls to be level at half-time and full-time, with 7/2 for a draw at both points rounding off our Southampton vs Brighton betting tips.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Stephens, Knockaert, Gross, March, Propper, Murray.
Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo could make their first appearances of the season for Brighton.
Romania forward Andone, a summer signing from Deportivo La Coruna, has been sidelined with a groin problem, while Colombia winger Izquierdo has been building his fitness following his involvement in the World Cup.
Defenders Bruno and Lewis Dunk are available following their recent injury problems.
Crystal Palace 0-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Danny Ings, Pierre Hojbjerg
BRIGHTON 2-2 Fulham – Glenn Murray (2)
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 Southampton
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