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Brighton 2022/23 odds: Top Four Finish, Top Six, FA Cup odds and more

Brighton 2022:23 odds- Top Four Finish, Top Six, Outright Cup odds and more

Brighton have continued to ask questions of the Premier League’s European places in the post-Graham Potter era — with Roberto De Zerbi confidently taking up the mantle from his predecessor.

Brighton Top Four Finish odds

Although an outlandish suggestion before a ball was kicked this season, Brighton have continued to defy expectations and prove a club of genuine style and substance. Potter and now De Zerbi have produced a team blessed with a variable balance of artistic self-expression, discipline and control.

The result has seen the South Coast club play some scintillating football, but also pick up results (often comprehensively) along the way. Despite managerial upheaval, Brighton’s continued success near the Premier League’s upper slopes has underlined their pragmatism behind the scenes, and a confidence on the pitch.

That the club have claimed the scalps of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United this season (as well as drawing against the Reds), serves well to illustrate their belief in pushing for the division’s European places. As things currently stand, they are six points adrift of fourth-placed Man Utd and with a game in hand.

They could have been even closer to Erik ten Hag’s men, though, had Pervis Estupinan’s opening goal against Crystal Palace in Saturday’s M23 Derby not been incorrectly disallowed. The Ecuadorian thought he had broke the deadlock, but VAR disallowed the goal for a supposed offside.

The usual lines were drawn to indicate that Estupinan was ahead of James Tomkins, which was uncontentious, but the mistake lies in which player was measured against the South American left-back. Instead of Tomkins, VAR should have been looking at Estupinan’s line against Marc Guehi, the last Palace defender.

It was an egregious mistake in a forgetful day for VAR, and in the immediate aftermath, Brighton did confirm that PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) told them that a “serious error” and that they apologised for the incident.

A Brighton spokesman said: “As was confirmed to the club by PGMOL last night, a serious error was made in disallowing Pervis Estupinan’s goal at Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon.

“The lines drawn in the VAR room to determine whether Pervis was in an offside position were drawn incorrectly, and the goal should have stood. While hugely disappointed by the error, the club has accepted PGMOL’s apology and will not be making any further comment.”

PGMOL have also released a statement themselves confirming Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb has reached out to both Brighton and Arsenal — who were also on the end of ‘human error’ VAR controversy against Brentford — to “acknowledge” the mistakes.

A PGMOL statement read: “PGMOL can confirm its Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb has contacted both Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion to acknowledge and explain the significant errors in the VAR process in their respective Premier League fixtures on Saturday.

“Both incidents, which were due to human error and related to the analysis of offside situations, are being thoroughly reviewed by PGMOL.”

The Seagulls went on to draw the match 1-1, with Tomkins capitalising on a Robert Sanchez mistake to level the score after Solly March put the visitors in front.  Brighton are now backed with odds of 13/2 with Paddy Power to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

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De Zerbi most notably arose to prominence in Serie A with Sassuolo, where he was praised for playing an eye-pleasing brand of football and overachieving when it came to results. That blend makes him almost tailor-made for Brighton, where Potter was famed for producing a similar outcome.

With few signs that the honeymoon period between Brighton and De Zerbi is on the wane, the Seagulls will fancy their chances of finishing in the top six. A recent 3-0 win over Liverpool has kept the terraces bouncing and underpinned their confidence heading into the second half of the campaign.

With emerging superstars like Moises Caicedo, Kaoru Mitoma and Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton have the momentum, talent and tactical malleability to keep the wheels in motion. There’s no reason why Brighton can’t continue as they are.

Yet to qualify for Europe in their history, Brighton are currently sixth in the table and four points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, who have played two games more. Win their games in hand and they’ll go above Spurs into fifth, and subsequently be six points ahead of Fulham who are in seventh.

As such, Paddy Power are offering odds of 5/6 for Brighton to finish in the Premier League’s top six.

Brighton to win FA Cup odds

Of course, it’s not just the Premier League where Brighton’s focus will be centred on. Roberto De Zerbi masterminded a League Cup win over Arsenal earlier this season, so will know his side can match the perennial heavyweights in English football’s domestic cups.

They are no longer in the League Cup, exiting (quite surprisingly) to Charlton Athletic on penalties in the fourth round. But, Middlesbrough appeared to take the brunt of their frustration in the FA Cup, as Brighton battered them 5-1 in the third round earlier this month.

They also inflicted another sobering defeat on Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup, building some genuine momentum and speed in the competition. They now face Stoke City, and as such Paddy Power are offering 7/1 for Brighton to go all the way.

Other Brighton odds

There are plenty more markets concerning Brighton this term, such as their ridiculously short odds of 1/40 for them to finish in the Premier League’ top 10. Sky Bet are also offering ‘to finish higher’ than markets, with Brighton backed at 4/5 to place above Chelsea in the Premier League, 11/8 ahead of Tottenham, 2/1 above Liverpool, 4/1 in front of Newcastle and 13/2 higher than Man Utd.


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