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Brentford vs Brighton tips and predictions: Busy Bees back to winning ways

Brentford look to get back on the winning trail as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion in a Premier League clash on Wednesday evening (1930 BST).

Brentford avoided second-season syndrome but they’re in the thick of the Premier League relegation scrap with two wins to their name in 16 matches.

Thomas Frank’s side deserved to beat Manchester United last week but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in a wild finale.

Visitors Brighton have blown hot and cold this campaign but still harbour realistic hopes of more European football, especially if finishing seventh will do.

The Seagulls opened the scoring inside two minutes at Anfield at the weekend but soon succumbed to the Reds’ quality as their goal was peppered.

It was uncharacteristic of Roberto De Zerbi’s side to be run so ragged and allow that volume of opportunities, but they’ll come under similar pressure here.

Although they’re unbeaten in 14 in all competitions at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton have lost their last four on the road and six of seven.

Defending has been a major issue as they’ve shipped 10 in their last four and 20 in their last nine games.

The Bees may need a couple of wins to secure their top-flight status and should be confident about unsettling visitors that often concede early in games.

 

Team news

Josh Dasilva, Rico Henry, Bee Mee, Aaron Hickey and Kevin Schade are ruled out due to injury while Sergio Reguillon is suspended.

Ethan Pinnock and Christian Norgaard are nearing a return but aren’t expected to participate on Wednesday.

Brighton will be without Solly March, Jack Hinshelwood, Kaoru Mitoma, Billy Gilmour and James Milner.

Joao Pedro has been declared fit in a major boost and may start.

 

Key stats

-  At least one side has scored two or more in eight of nine meetings
-  Brentford have scored in all but one of their home games this season
-  Both teams have scored in 14 of Brentford’s last 16 games
-  There have been over 2.5 goals in 11 of Brighton’s 15 away games
-  Brighton have conceded two goals per game away from home

 

Suggested bets

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

Time of first goal: Under 30 minutes

Ivan Toney to score

 

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