Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Following a heart-breaking 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace, Arsenal will look to return to winning ways when they host Brighton to their Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are eager to climb to the Champions League berth, and they should go all guns blazing at the Seagulls. Gabriel Martinelli is pushing for a start, while first-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is a major doubt. Full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu should recover in time to face Brighton.
The visitors, on the other hand, collected only one point in total from the previous five league fixtures, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. In their last meeting in London Arsenal defeated Brighton 2-0, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Defender Adam Webster is sidelined with a groin problem, while former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana faces race against clock to be fit for Saturday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Nicolas Pépé):
Born in France to parents of Ivorian descent, Nicolas Pepe became a full Ivory Coast international in 2016. In a symbolic twist of events, Pepe was handed his Ivory Coast debut in a goalless draw against his birth nation France days after receiving his first-ever call-up.
Pepe began his career in the lower leagues in Poitiers in 2012, before moving to Angers a year later. Having proven his qualities in the second-string side, Pepe was instated in Angers’ first team in 2013. Four years later – which included a season-long loan spell at Orleans – Nicolas Pepe was transferred to Lille. Les Dogues beat several sides to the signature of this pacey winger who is no stranger to scoring goals. Quick with his feet, Pepe can be deployed on the right wing and as a centre-forward.
The Ivory Coast international is unpredictable in his movement and not easy to keep an eye on, especially because of his powerful left foot.
Highlighted Team (Brighton):
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club were formed in 1901. The Seagulls welcome their opponents at Falmer Stadium and the capacity of Brighton’s home ground is 30,750. The stadium was built in 2008 and it was opened in 2011. The venue is known for commercial purposes as American Express Community Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion compete in the Premier League and they play in blue and white stripes. The colour of Brighton’s away kit is green. The club made it to the FA Cup final in 1983, but English giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils.
Brighton’s main rivals are Crystal Palace and the Seagulls have recorded 35 wins over the Eagles. Frank Stapleton, Martin Chivers, Joe Corrigan, Bobby Zamora, Mark Lawrenson, Bobby Smith, John Crumplin and Frank Worthington are notable footballers who played for Brighton in the past. The Albion is Preston’s yet another nickname.