James CookeBrighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal, Wednesday December 26th, 17:15, Both reeling from back-to-back losses, Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways when the face each other in the Premier League.
Brighton have found the net in every one of their home matches this season, including games against top six opposition such as Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. Arsenal meanwhile have scored in their last 16 Premier League games, but have let the opposition also score in nine of the last 10 games.
The 35-year-old forward is Brighton’s top goalscorer this season with eight goals. He has scored the opening goal in each of the last four games in which he has found the back of the net. Coupled with Arsenal’s known brand as supremely slow starters in matches, Murray may take advantage of some early carelessness to put his side in an advantageous position. With many sports betting sites backing Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil ahead of the Englishman it could prove good value.
Head to Head
In the 17 matches between these two sides in their history Brighton have only won three. However one of those three wins came when the teams last met back in March, with Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray grabbing the goals in a 2-0 win.
In separate leagues for over 30 years many of their recent encounters have been in the FA Cup, where Arsenal have dominated but games have been tight. Their games in 2013 and 2015 both ended 3-2, with the former needing a late Theo Walcott goal to settle the tie.
Brighton have lost their last two Premier League games – they last lost three in a row within a single season back in December 2017.
Arsenal are looking to avoid consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since the opening two games of the season.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 17 goals in his 16 Premier League home games (12 goals, 5 assists)
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