Arsenal are gearing up to reignite their Premier League title ambitions with a challenging fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion, a team known for their entertaining style under Roberto De Zerbi.
Last weekend, Liverpool’s victory nudged Arsenal off the top spot, ending their six-match winning streak across all competitions. Mikel Arteta’s team now faces a crucial fixture against Brighton before a significant pre-Christmas clash at Anfield.
Arsenal rested key players in their midweek Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven, which ended in a 1-1 draw. They also benefit from having two extra days of preparation compared to Brighton, who concluded their Europa League group stage against Marseille on Thursday.
Brighton has balanced their domestic and European commitments admirably, sitting just seven points away from the top four in the Premier League. Despite squad rotation, De Zerbi’s team has maintained good form, losing only once in the league since a mid-October defeat to Manchester City.
Brighton’s games are typically high-scoring affairs, with both teams scoring in every Premier League match this season. De Zerbi is expected to adopt an attacking approach against Arsenal.
Betting Odds Arsenal are strong favourites at home, priced at 1/2 and Brighton, at 6/1.
Key Players Bukayo Saka, who rested in midweek, is likely to return, with 15/8 on him scoring and Bet365 pricing him at 5/2 for an assist.
Predicting Brighton’s starting forward is tricky due to De Zerbi’s rotations, but Joao Pedro often features in significant matches. He appears undervalued at 21/5 for an anytime goal.
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