Brighton v Arsenal 4-3-3 Predicted lineup, Preview and Team news

Brighton v Arsenal 4-3-3 Predicted lineup, Preview and Team news

Relegation battle side Brighton welcomes Arsenal to The Amex Stadium as they look to put further distance between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone.

Brighton return to action after 105 days away from competitive football as they resume their fight for survival on Saturday. It seems like an age ago since their goalless draw at Wolves put them two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone, and they will feel quietly confident about their chances of picking up another point or three at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls come into the restart winless in nine Premier League matches, but that statistic belies how difficult they are to beat. Six of these games have ended all square, and they have picked up points against Chelsea, Sheffield United and Wolves in this run.

Brighton’s real issue is a seeming lack of ability to win games. Only rock-bottom Norwich have won fewer league games than them this season, but equally only two teams have played out more stalemates than them.

Arsenal are one of those teams, holding a joint high record of 13 draws from 29 matches this season. The Gunners actually returned to the fray in midweek, but rather than providing some advantageous match fitness and experience it was a disaster from start to finish.

Mikel Arteta saw his side thumped 3-0 upon his return to the Etihad, but the more pressing concern is the first half injuries sustained to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari and the shambolic display – culminating in a red card – by Mari’s replacement David Luiz.

This leaves Arsenal woefully short at the back on Saturday, and that will most certainly improve Brighton’s chances of clinching a result.

That 3-0 thrashing further hampered Arsenal’s waning hopes of a top four challenge, leaving them eight points adrift of Chelsea and all the way down in 9th. They have certainly improved under Arteta but, with just four wins from 11 Premier League games, there is clearly still a long way to go.

Brighton v Arsenal Head-to-Head
The home side have not won a single game in all competitions since the turn of the year. However, Brighton top scorer Neal Maupay scored a late winner for his side, as the Seagulls secured a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Brighton form guide: L-D-D-D-L-D

Arsenal form guide: W-W-L-W-W-L

Brighton v Arsenal Team News

Arsenal's injury woes were compounded in their previous league encounter, as Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari were withdrawn prematurely. The pair join Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers on the treatment table, while Luiz will serve a one-match ban after receiving his marching orders against Manchester City.

Mesut Ozil was omitted from the squad altogether for tactical reasons and it remains to be seen if the German international forces his way back into Arteta's plans. Arsenal could make a handful of changes, with the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Lucas Torreira, Alexandre Lacazette and Sokratis Papastathopoulos featuring from the start.

Injuries: Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares, Granit Xhaka, Pablo Mari
Doubtful: None

Suspensions: David Luiz

Brighton v Arsenal Predicted XI

Brighton Predicted XI (4-3-3)
Mat Ryan; Martin Montoya, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Aaron Mooy, Davy Propper, Yves Bissouma; Solly March, Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard

Arsenal Predicted XI (4-3-3):
Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Kieran Tierney; Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette

Brighton v Arsenal Prediction

The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Arsenal, strengthening our prediction for a Brighton win or draw double chance.

In terms of the correct score prediction, all signs point towards a 1-1 stalemate. These sides have drawn 24 Premier League games between them this season and five of these have come in Arsenal’s last six away games. Brighton, meanwhile, have played out three 1-1 draws in their last four at home. Follow us on Google newsTwitter and on Facebook

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