Kick-off: 2000, 6/3/2021
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Brighton and Leicester have both had reason to feel sorry for themselves heading into Saturday night’s meeting on the south coast.
The Seagulls have had rotten luck in back-to-back defeats while injuries have left Leicester looking anxiously over their shoulders as they chase a Champions League place.
Brighton must be due some good fortune and having had a full week to prepare for the game we favour a home win at 8/5 as our opening Brighton vs Leicester prediction.
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Lewis Dunk’s disallowed first-half goal after a quick free-kick was one of the biggest talking points last weekend and contributed to a 1-0 defeat at West Brom.
Brighton could not blame the referee for missing two penalties though, with Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck incredibly both hitting the woodwork with their spot-kicks.
Once again it was an impressive performance with nothing to show for it, much as it was in the 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in their previous game.
Midfielder Adam Lallana has urged his team-mates not to dwell on the West Brom defeat, telling the club website: “We created enough chances not just to draw, but to win the game.
“We can talk about decisions all you want, but it’s old news now, it’s happened and we have to move on. We need to move on and carry on being relentless. Things will turn.
“You can miss penalties, but you have to keep going. We’ve had good performances recently but we’re not winning, so we need to look at ways we can improve.
“We need to keep at it but we have shown how good we can be in recent weeks. We’ve got more than enough in our squad to get the points we need to stay in the league.”
The lack of a prolific goalscorer is proving costly and their last nine matches have produced just 10 goals, while backing at least one team not to score would have paid out in seven of those.
Looking at the Brighton vs Leicester odds, 20/23 for ‘no’ in the both teams to score market looks a value pick.
Brighton’s last line-up: Sanchez, White, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Gross, Connolly, Maupay, Trossard.
Tariq Lamptey has been ruled out after suffering an injury setback. The 20-year-old full-back, who has not played since December, is to see a specialist over his hamstring problem.
Forward Aaron Connolly needs a fitness check on a back issue, while defender Adam Webster and winger Solly March are still out.
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Leicester were disappointed to be knocked out of the Europa League after a 2-0 defeat at home to Slavia Prague which was followed by a 3-1 loss against Arsenal on Sunday and a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Wednesday.
A mounting injury list appears to have taken its toll, most notably the absence of Harvey Barnes who is set to undergo a knee operation.
Jonny Evans, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet, James Maddison, James Justin and Wes Morgan are other absentees so Leicester are short on numbers as they try and cling on to a top-four place.
Boss Brendan Rodgers said: “People talk about the top four but I’ve always said we’re not in the top four until the season’s finished. Until that point we just have to keep working every day, being the best we can be and go into the next game.
“Everyone’s talking about the injury list but we have to deal with that, that’s unfortunate for us, but what I have here is a brilliant group of players that’s going to keep pushing, keep fighting and let’s see where it takes us.”
Leicester may struggle for goals in the absence of Barnes and Maddison, while having a midweek away game on Wednesday while their opponents had their feet up is not ideal.
With Brighton’s last three wins – against Leeds, Tottenham and Liverpool – all being 1-0, let’s go for that as the last of our Brighton vs Leicester betting tips at 7/1.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Amartey, Pereira, Castagne, Tielemans, Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho.
Leicester still have seven players unavailable due to injury, but defender Wesley Fofana made his return to action after a hamstring issue when he came off the bench in the second half of the Burnley game.
West Brom 1-0 BRIGHTON
Burnley 1-1 LEICESTER – Kelechi Iheanacho
Head-to-head: Leicester 1-0 Brighton, Leicester 3-0 Brighton, Leicester 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 0-2 Leicester, Leicester 2-1 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 Leicester
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