Bournemouth vs Brighton Hove match preview

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Tyrone Mings is expected to overcome a hip injury but captain Simon Francis is doubtful with an ongoing groin problem. Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson should be fit after suffering no ill effects from his midweek comeback from a hamstring injury.

Brighton remains without Shane Duffy, who is completing a three-match ban. Jose Izquierdo is still sidelined with a knee injury while fellow winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh remains out with a hamstring problem. Bournemouth vs Brighton

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@TonyHusbandBBC: Bournemouth are defending a fine home record against their seaside rivals from along the coast, and they really need to maintain that run.

Bournemouth vs Brighton Hove

After a super start, Eddie Howe’s side have seen their form dip, albeit in a tough run of fixtures. With trips to Tottenham and Manchester United over Christmas, Cherries fans I talk to see this as a vital game.

It’s a sign of Brighton’s progress that in only their second season back in the top flight, new targets are being set. The talk isn’t all about just staying up. Albion know they must continue to improve on the road.

Against an injury-hit Bournemouth side which has lost seven games out of eight, this appears a good chance to net a third away win.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “Our squad is strong. We saw that in the changes we made in the Chelsea game. We’re in a good position and looking forward to our busy schedule.

“All of our focus right now is on Brighton. We know it’s a really big game for us and we’re excited by the challenge ahead of us.”

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton: “Eddie Howe has got them playing in the way he wants to, very high tempo, a lot of pace in the team.

“They have a way of playing and it always smacks me in the face that they are a team where everybody knows their roles and jobs. “We expect a very difficult game, particularly at Bournemouth.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Bournemouth have lost seven out of their past eight games but I still think they will beat Brighton – the Seagulls’ away form is poor and they don’t carry much of a goal threat on the road.

Prediction: 2-0

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in nine meetings with Brighton in all competitions (W5, D4).
  • Brighton’s only win in their past 11 away games against Bournemouth was 2-0 in October 2007 (D2, L8).

Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth have lost six of their past seven Premier League matches, and seven of their last eight in all competitions.
  • They have conceded 16 goals in those seven league games, failing to keep a clean sheet.
  • The Cherries have been awarded six penalties this season, more than any other Premier League team, scoring with five of them.
  • Only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has provided more assists than Ryan Fraser’s seven in this season’s Premier League.
  • Callum Wilson has scored in his last two league appearances against Brighton.

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Brighton have lost their last two league matches.
  • They have kept just three clean sheets in their last 19 games in the Premier League, conceding 31 goals.
  • The Seagulls have scored a joint-high 13 goals from set-pieces in the league this season.
  • But they have conceded five penalties, more than any other top-flight side.
  • Glenn Murray’s eight Premier League goals this season include just one in an away fixture.

Source: BBC News

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