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Bournemouth vs Brighton preview, predictions & possible XIs

By CJ Smith

Bournemouth vs Brighton preview, predictions, team news, possible XIs, Premier League

Published: 14:04, 20 January 2020 | Updated: 12:12, 25 February 2020

Bournemouth will look to spark a much-needed revival when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

The Cherries have lost their last four Premier League games without scoring a single goal and have picked up just four points from their last 12 matches, leaving them stranded down in 19th place.

Brighton have struggled for form themselves recently, though, winning just one of their last nine games across all competitions and slipping to 15th in the table.

Can Bournemouth keep in touch with the rest of the Premier League or will Brighton pull away from the bottom three, cutting off the Cherries further? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and more.

When is Bournemouth vs Brighton and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Vitality Stadium

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Kick-off: 7:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Bournemouth v Brighton

28 Dec 2019Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth (Premier League)

13 Apr 2019Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth (Premier League)

05 Jan 2019Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton (FA Cup)

22 Dec 2018Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton (Premier League)

01 Jan 2018Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Bournemouth (LWLWD) 10-7 Brighton (WLWLD)

Ones to watch

Bournemouth: Callum Wilson

If Bournemouth are to turn things around and stay up, they obviously need to start finding the back of the net, fast.

For much of their stay in the Premier League, Callum Wilson has been the man to provide Eddie Howe with a cutting edge in the final third but this season, things have dried up and the Cherries are feeling the pinch.

The England international simply must rediscover his golden touch as we enter the final third of a desperate campaign for the South Coast outfit.

Key stat: Callum Wilson is without a goal in his last 15 Premier League games, dating back to September 28th.

Brighton: Neal Maupay

If Brighton draw first blood, there’s a good chance they will leave the Vitality Stadium with all three points.

While Wilson has struggled this season, Neal Maupay has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and although he’s without a goal since mid-December, he’s provided two assists during that time and continues to lead the line brilliantly for Graham Potter.

If the Frenchman is on song, he could take advantage of a leaky Bournemouth defence.

Key stat: Neal Maupay is Brighton’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals, at least four more than any of his teammates.

Team news


Howe’s problems continue to mount up with Steve Cook suspended following his deliberate handball in the defeat to Norwich.

Nathan Ake recently returned from injury but the Dutchman’s presence has not led to an uplift in the side’s defensive form.

Arnaut Groeneveld, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Josh King, Jack Stacey, Chris Mepham and Junior Stanislas are all set to remain in a very busy treatment room at the Vitality Stadium, while Jefferson Lerma and Lloyd Kelly are both doubts.

Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Smith, Francis, Ake, Rico; Lerma, Billing, L. Cook; Fraser, C. Wilson, H. Wilson.

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Dan Burn (shoulder), Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Leon Balogun (thigh) remain sidelined but other than that, Potter has no fresh injury concerns.

Given the tight turnaround between games Potter could be tempted to recall Glenn Murray to give his side an added physical presence. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also pushing to be included.

Predicted XI: Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Bernardo; Mooy, Pröpper, Stephens, Trossard; Gross; Maupay.

Squawka prediction

Bournemouth’s goalless run has to come to an end at some point but the problem for Howe is keeping Brighton out at the other end.

The Cherries haven’t kept a clean sheet since mid-December and although Brighton are struggling themselves, they have enough firepower to pile further pressure on Howe.

A draw seems likely, although Potter is sure to be the more satisfied manager with that outcome.

Scoreline prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton

Check out more of Squawka’s Premier League predictions here.