Home Form Is Pivotal In Brighton’s Quest To Remain In The Premier League

Home Form Is Pivotal In Brighton’s Quest To Remain In The Premier League
Oct 18, 2017

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Brighton’s AMEX Stadium is not an easy place to visit and with Seagulls fans in full voice, it can be an intimidating 90 minutes for the opposition. The South Coast club have made a decent start to life in the Premier League and they must continue to effectively use home advantage when playing hosts this season.

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Chris Hughton’s side made it back-to-back victories on home turf as they beat Newcastle 1-0 on September 24 and must ensure they keep the momentum going at the AMEX. Burnley’s solid foundations in the top flight have been built upon their imperious home form and using a vociferous crowd to their advantage and Brighton appear to be following suit. It moved the Seagulls up to 13th in the table and their chances of survival will depend on whether they can continue to perform in these types of clashes.

At the beginning of the season, Brighton were priced as second-favourites for relegation behind fellow newcomers Huddersfield and their summer recruitment was slow. Many pundits tipped the Seagulls to struggle but despite starting as outsiders to get anything from their opening fixture with Manchester City, they battled manfully and kept Pep Guardiola’s side at bay for 70 minutes.

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Brighton have often been the subject of huge price enhancements when playing at home and information on the latest boosts and offers involving the Seagulls can be found at http://www.thebookiesoffers.co.uk/, with many punters having found backing them at the AMEX a profitable experience so far this season. They’ve already beaten West Brom and Newcastle here and haven’t started at a shorter price than 13/8 in either match.

Tomer Hemed netted the winner against the Magpies whilst new signings Pascal Gross and Davy Propper have impressed since their summer arrivals.

Burnley’s marvellous home form can certainly be used a blueprint for survival, with the Clarets expected to struggle last season but by the middle of February they possessed the third best record in the division on their own patch and were on course to book their place in the top flight for a second successive season.

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Hughton’s men won 12 of their last 15 games at the AMEX in the Championship last season as they secured their place amongst the elite and they appear to have retained their capacity to upset sides in their own backyard. They have matches against Southampton, Stoke and rivals Crystal Palace coming up in November and all three look perfectly winnable. Fans will be expecting their side to add another nine points to their total, thus taking another small step towards mid-table security.

The 1-0 success against Newcastle was vitally important especially as Rafa Benitez’s charges arrived as one of the Premier League’s form sides. The result also proved that Brighton had forgotten about their disappointment at the hands of Bournemouth nine days ago when blowing a one-goal lead to Eddie Howe’s side.

The Seagulls possess a wonderful stadium and some of the best fans in the top flight and they must continue to use both to their advantage this season. Very few sides will enjoy visiting the South Coast this campaign and it’s highly unlikely that many will leave with all three points.

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