Kick-off: 2015, 16/07/2020
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: BT Sport 2
Southampton showed plenty of spirit and skill in Monday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United and are rated a clear form pick to see off Brighton.
Albion were recently thumped 3-0 at home by the Red Devils and have already tasted defeat against the Saints at Amex Stadium earlier this season.
That evidence makes 5/4 for a home win here hard to resist with our opening Southampton vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton made a strong start at Old Trafford and went in front after 12 minutes through Stuart Armstrong’s neat finish.
United fought back well to lead at the break, but Saints continued to be positive throughout the second period and were rewarded with Michael Obafemi’s last-gasp leveller.
“It was an amazing performance from the boys and a great point away from home, even though we wanted to get all three,” said Republic of Ireland international Obafemi.
“It’s amazing to get the equaliser, it’s what I’m here to do. I’m happy to have gotten on and helped the team, which will give us a big boost for the upcoming games.”
That result continued a fine run of form for Saints, who had previously followed up wins over Watford and Manchester City with a draw at Everton.
Danny Ings still has an outside chance of claiming Golden Boot honours after netting 19 times this term and 13/5 for him to score first appeals from the Southampton vs Brighton odds.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Bertrand, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Ings, Adams.
A Look At Brighton’s Betting Odds
Brighton are coming off a tough run of fixtures, having suffered successive home defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City.
After losing 3-1 to the new champions and then being hammered 5-0 by second-placed City, Albion boss Graham Potter is eager to make safety a mathematical certainty.
Important victories over Arsenal and Norwich since lockdown have given the Seagulls a decent cushion, but Potter is taking nothing for granted.
“We have to understand that we still need to fight for points,” he said. “We’re still in that place where we need to keep going until we get enough points that makes us secure.”
Albion will keep battling and past stats suggest that 27/20 for both teams to score the same number of goals in the second half is worth adding to our Southampton vs Brighton betting tips.
We still favour the hosts, though, and 35/4 for Saints to oblige 2-1 is a solid option.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Dunk, Webster, Montoya, Bernardo, Bissouma, Trossard, Gross, Mooy, Propper, Connolly.
Man Utd 2-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Stuart Armstrong, Michael Obafemi
BRIGHTON 0-5 Man City
Head-to-head: Brighton 0-2 Southampton, Brighton 0-1 Southampton, Southampton 2-2 Brighton, Brighton 0-1 Southampton
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