A hugely important match between two teams near the foot of the table is the focus of today’s Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion preview. Both clubs are considered the favourites for relegation this season and a win for either side next week at the Britannia would do wonders for their respective bids for Premier League survival.
New Potters boss Paul Lambert won his first official game in charge of his new club against Huddersfield prior to this week’s Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion betting tips, bringing an end to a run of four straight losses before that. Lambert will be hoping that the clean sheet secured in Stoke City’s 2-0 win over the Terriers will be the first of many. So far in 2017/18, the Potters have conceded more goals than any other Premier League team.
Although Brighton & Hove Albion have been making steady progress in this season’s FA Cup, Chris Hughton will be extremely worried about his players’ drop in Premiership performances. The Seagulls have won just one of their last thirteen league contests and they have failed to score in four of their last five matches. No team has scored fewer goals on the road than Hughton’s men this season – they have scored just five times in twelve away games. Make sure to check out our free English football tips further down.
We are tipping both teams not to score next week largely due to the away team’s performances in front of goal this year. The Seagulls are the lowest goal scorers in the division this season – a statistic that had a massive influence on today’s Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion bets. They have registered just seventeen goals in their twenty-four games so far.
That breaks down to an average of 0.7 goals per ninety minutes and with such little goal getting power in their ranks, it’s no surprise to see Hughton’s team sliding closer and closer to the relegation zone. As we detailed earlier, the Gulls have scored the fewest goals on the road too. They have actually now failed to score for six consecutive away fixtures.
Albion haven’t scored in seven of their last nine outings overall though they will hope the signing of striker Jürgen Locadia from PSV will help in that regard. At the Britannia next week, the Seagulls are likely to run into a brick wall again, however, and you can back that eventuality using the latest Premier League football odds at Winner. Their prices offer the most bang for your buck when compared to other bookmakers.
New managers often breathe new life into ailing squads of players. The Potters certainly hope that Paul Lambert can have a similar effect on their club and the early signs are promising. Naturally, appointing a new boss is not always a precursor to an upturn in fortunes on the field, but Lambert’s influence has definitely had some pull in our Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion predictions.
City have won two of their last three EPL home matches at the Britannia. Their 3-1 win over WBA just before Christmas was won under former manager Mark Hughes, but their more recent 2-0 victory over Huddersfield under Lambert felt like a much more important result. The three points secured that day should send a surge of confidence through the Stoke squad.
With just one win from thirteen matches, the Seagulls are in the midst of a real nose dive. In truth, their Premier League form has been atrocious since November and given their dreadful goal scoring statistics, it’s hard to see them avoiding another defeat next week. Hughton’s strugglers have taken just eight points from a possible thirty-six on the road in 2017/18 and I don’t envisage them adding any more to that total at the Britannia. Sunbets’ odds for the home win are priced superbly. You won’t find better value anywhere.