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Brighton vs Bournemouth predictions: Expect a stalemate on the seaside
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Liam Flin
Brighton face a tough test against an improving Bournemouth side on Sunday
Brighton face a tough test against an improving Bournemouth side on Sunday

- Bournemouth have racked up three draws in this season's Premier League
- Brighton have lost just once in the league this term 
- Recommended bet: Draw

Having made their Europa League debut against AEK Athens on Thursday, Brighton must quickly turn their attention back to Premier League duties on Sunday when they welcome Bournemouth to the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls have made a bright start to the season, posting four wins in their opening five games, but Bournemouth have been awkward customers recently, taking points off Brentford and Chelsea.

Team news

Pascal Gross is a fitness doubt for Brighton after picking up a muscular injury on Thursday in the Europa League, while Lewis Dunk, Evan Ferguson and James Milner will all be assessed.

Tyler Adams and Alex Scott remain sidelined for the visiting Cherries.

The stats

Three of Bournemouth's five Premier League fixtures this season have ended as draws.

Brighton are looking to win five of their first six games in a top-flight season for the first time in their history.

The Seagulls are without a clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions.

The Cherries are unbeaten in their last three contests in all competitions.


Bournemouth seem to be heading in the right direction under Andoni Iraola
Bournemouth seem to be heading in the right direction under Andoni Iraola

Roberto De Zerbi really has worked wonders since arriving at Brighton and on Thursday night he made history as the first Seagulls manager to lead them into the Europa League.

Unfortunately, though, things did not go according to plan for Brighton, who fell 1-0 down and then 2-1 behind within the first half.

Joao Pedro's second penalty of the match after 67 minutes levelled the scores again but an 84th minute strike from Ezequiel Ponce handed the Greek visitors all three points.

Brighton were not helped by some poor refereeing on Thursday and will have the chance to pick themselves up in the Europa League but they may not be on top form on Sunday after that frustrating loss.

For most of these players this is a first experience of playing on a Thursday night and following it up with a Premier League game at the weekend and Bournemouth could take a point off their south coast counterparts.

It is also worth noting hosts Brighton could be without a handful of key players for this contest such as Gross and Ferguson and De Zerbi is expected to make a number of changes, which should only play into the hands of the visitors.

The Cherries are still searching for their first Premier League win under Andoni Iraola but that does not mean results have been poor.

Their first five games have yielded three draws, including against Brentford and Chelsea either side of the international break, and they can share the spoils again this weekend.

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