Another all Premier League tie between two sides that are separated by just a point in the top-flight table. Both Bournemouth and Brighton come into the game off the back of high scoring draws against Watford and West Ham respectively, although with the festive workload both sides could show some fatigue. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and don’t forget to take advantage of our selection of enhanced odds for the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Eddie Howe’s Poor FA Cup Record
Eddie Howe doesn’t have a great record in this competition having won only two of his six matches in it since getting his charges promoted to the Premier League for the 2015/16 season.
That includes being knocked out in the third round (the first round Premier League & Championship clubs join) in each of the last two attempts and so we don’t expect him to go hell for leather against this Brighton side.
Impressive Head-To-Head Record
However, one thing the young English manager does have on his side is a very impressive head-to-head record with Brighton over the last decade – winning seven of 12 unbeaten matches as he only lost once.
In fact, he’s won five of the last six, including all three meetings at the Vitality Stadium since they’ve both been in England’s top tier division, while Howe’s personal record over Chris Hughton reads W4-D1-L2.
Brighton Poor On The Road
The Seagulls are notoriously bad travellers as on away games alone last season they would’ve finished rock-bottom. Although they’re doing slightly better this time around they’ve still only won two of their 11 trips, losing seven of them.
Interestingly though, they have looked a far more dangerous prospect going forward in recent weeks as a draw with Arsenal and defeating Everton at the AMEX gave them the confidence to put two past a strong West Ham side last time out, so although they may not win we at least expect them to register.
Indeed, both sides have scored in eight of their 11 matches, while Bournemouth have got on the scoresheet as well as their opposition in eight of their last 11 at the Vitality Stadium.
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