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Championship: Brighton to take three points in Boro clash

Matt Haynes | December 18, 2015

Brighton and Hove Albion v Middlesbrough

  • Championship
  • Saturday, December 19th
  • Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
  • Falmer Stadium, Brighton
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Seagulls to further feather their nest over Christmas

Brighton are 8/5 with Coral to get three points against Middlesbrough in this thrilling top of the table clash with the south coast side still unbeaten in the league since the season started.

Chris Hughton’s side have recorded two consecutive 2-2 draws and will be more than motivated to get back to winning ways against Boro who are level on points with them, though top on goal-difference.

This promises to be an entertaining match, with both teams able to score, though the hosts have also had defensive slip-ups in recent matches, something that the Teesside outfit will be well aware of.

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Christian Stuani and Diego Fabbrini will be hoping to take full advantage, with Stuani 15/8 in the anytime market.

Brighton strikeforce can prove difference

The hosts have more than enough firepower at their disposal though. James Wilson and Bobby Zamora have been in prolific form this term.

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Manchester United loanee Wilson, who does have a recall clause in his contract, is 6/1 to break the deadlock, while Zamora is well worth a punt at 6/4 in the anytime market. Meanwhile, Dale Stephens opened the scoring last time out and is 10/1 to do same again, with Lewis Dunk suspended.

Hughton hope after Hoops halt

Speaking after the QPR match, Hughton revealed his disappointment and will be hoping for a response next time: “It’s a tough one to take, when you’re leading 2-0, you want to see the game out.

“It was going to be tough, especially after the sending off. I think going behind forced their hand a little bit and they went for it.”

In this fixture last season, Boro emerged with the three points as Albert Adomah grabbed the decider and he is 10/3 to score anytime once more.

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