Arsenal vs. Brighton EPL Pick – December 29

A pair of struggling sides saw their collective fortunes turn in the last gameweek, but now for Brighton and Arsenal, the challenge remains continuing with a slight bit of momentum.

It will be the Seagulls vs. Gunners in the early window of Tuesday’s EPL action, and though both sides sought improved results, perhaps nobody in the entire soccer world is more relieved coming off a victory than Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. His side easily disposed of Chelsea last time out, showing the speed and potential his club have been insisting they possess.

For Brighton, though they just secured a draw in their last match, it seemed to be a step in the right direction for Graham Potter’s side. They showed some offensive flair, but know that more work is to be done if they are to comfortably stay out of the relegation zone. Right now, it seems dicey. Brighton haven’t collected a victory in any of their past six outings, and the bottom of the table is starting to creep up on them.

Can the Gunners continue to secure results in games they should probably win? That has to be the key question as we prepare for this intriguing match between Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further match-up analysis and a wagering prediction for this important Premier League clash.

Brighton vs. Arsenal Betting Odds:

Brighton (+240)
Arsenal (+125)
Draw (+260)

Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Brighton vs. Arsenal Pick:

Unfortunately for Brighton, they enter this crucial clash without two of their top performers. It is believed that both Tariq Lamptey and Adam Lallana will both be out injured on Tuesday afternoon, putting some real holes within their lineup in the speed and skill departments.

Potter’s side will line-up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, though with just Danny Welbeck the lone striker up front, it seems unlikely for Brighton to be approaching this game all that offensively. That’s a tough task for the veteran Welbeck, as the Arsenal back-line has shown some real rigidity in recent outings.

ARSENAL’S YOUNG SPEED WILL BE TROUBLE
The Gunners will likely counter with their free-flowing 4-2-3-1 formation, looking to apply heavy pressure on the lowly Brighton and control much of the ball. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are two of the Gunners’ young talents, and that duo can flat out fly down their respective flanks. They should be able to generate a ton of chances from wide, and their pace should create problems for Brighton’s midfield and full-backs.

Up top, Arsenal will be pleased to see the return of their top striker and captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Despite him not having the best of campaigns to date, the Gabon international remains one of the game’s most lethal finishers, and he should be raring to get into the lineup against a porous Brighton defense.

We are starting to finally see some of Mikel Arteta’s vision for his Arsenal side come to fruition. It’s a speedy group, littered with skill and creativity, and Tuesday’s lineup should showcase those talents. Arsenal will out-run Brighton all across the pitch, and should manage to do enough to keep their momentum going and win comfortably on the road. Take the value with the Gunners.

My Pick
Arsenal
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Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.