Kick-off: 1500, 24/08/2019
Stadium: Amex Stadium
Brighton have made an impressive start to the season under new manager Graham Potter and have registered four points from their opening two games.
Southampton are yet to collect a point after beginning with defeats to Burnley and European champions Liverpool.
The Seagulls are 7/5 to make it two wins from three games and that is good enough for us as our initial Brighton vs Southampton prediction.
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After surviving relegation following a season of struggle last term, Brighton fans will be loving the way their team have started the new campaign.
Some were sceptical when Graham Potter was announced as Chris Hughton’s successor but he has made an eye-catching start to his tenure.
A 3-0 opening-day win at Watford was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham, with £18million signing Leandro Trossard making a sparkling debut.
The 24-year-old also had a goal ruled out by VAR and missed a sitter, but he got off the mark with a fine strike from the edge of the box.
Potter said: “I thought he linked the game well, it was his debut in the Premier League and I thought he did what we asked him to do.
“He got in the box for two goals – one disallowed – and had another good chance as well. It was a good, solid debut for him and, like the team, he’ll get better over time.”
While they have been much-improved in attack, the Seagulls have also been solid at the back and, looking at the Brighton vs Southampton odds, we like 14/5 for the home side win to nil.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, Propper, Stephens, Trossard, Gross, March, Murray.
Brighton forward Jurgen Locadia is pushing for a recall after being dropped to the bench in favour of Trossard against West Ham.
Winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is hoping to be included in the squad for the first time this season.
Midfielder Jose Izquierdo, defender Ezequiel Schelotto (both knee) and midfielder Yves Bissouma (shoulder) remain sidelined.
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Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted the defeat to Liverpool was “tough to take” after former Reds striker Danny Ings wasted a glorious chance to grab a point.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had put Liverpool in the driving seat but Ings pulled a goal back after an error by keeper Adrian before somehow missing from four yards.
It was at least a step in the right direction for Hasenhuttl’s side, who began the season with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.
Hasenhuttl said: “We stayed in and tried to come back into the game and at 2-1 we could feel there was hope for everybody.
“Ingsy scored once but could be the big hero for us, the second chance to miss was unbelievable. We had three men in the box at that moment and we couldn’t get the ball over the line and that was a real pity.
“The guys for what they invested they maybe deserved one point, but we didn’t get it. It’s tough to take.”
The Seagulls don’t tend to give too many chances away so, with the Saints struggling in attack, a 2-0 home win at 21/2 completes our Brighton vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: Gunn, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Adams.
Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has resumed full training following the unspecified fitness issue which saw him sit out the Liverpool game.
Defender Kevin Danso will be hoping for a debut having been an unused substitute last weekend but midfielder Mario Lemina is not expected to be involved as he appears ready to leave before the end of the European transfer window.
BRIGHTON 1-1 West Ham – Leandro Trossard
SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 Liverpool – Danny Ings
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-1 Southampton, Southampton 2-2 Brighton, Brighton 0-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 Southampton, Brighton 3-0 Southampton
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