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In-form Brighton to inflict another defeat on struggling Bournemouth

Brighton have taken seven points from their three away games against bottom-half sides and they can reward backers at 6/4 against Bournemouth.

Oscar Garcia’s side are unbeaten in five games and currently sit in ninth place in the Championship, just two points off sixth-placed Leeds.

Three points here would see them jump up at least three places and the Seagulls have been pretty ruthless against the weaker teams in the league.

They have scored four and conceded just one and the only negative has been a lack of goals; in their eight away games this season they have only scored six goals.

Bet on Brighton to beat Bournemouth at 6/4

Their strong defence has been a good platform – especially against the weaker teams – and a low-scoring win is a strong possibility.

Garcia’s side have won two away matches one-nil this season and a repeat of that scoreline is 7/1.

However striker Ashley Barnes has started to show more of his former self and with midfielders Andrew Crofts and Jake Caskey also in a good vein of form of late, the Seagulls are more of an attacking threat.

They have scored seven in their last three games and are more capable going forward than earlier in the season.

Barnes is 6/1 to score first whilst Crofts and Caskey are both priced up at 11/2 to score at any point in the match.

Bet on Ashley Barnes to score first at 6/1

Hosts Bournemouth have secured four of their five wins at Dean Court but they come into this game in poor form.

They have only scored three goals in their last five games – picking up just two points in the process – and manager Eddie Howe needs to find a way to motivate his side.

Having started the season by taking six points from nine, they have trickled down the league and have leaked goals in the process; they have conceded 31 in 16 games, which is only bettered (so to speak) by Millwall with 32.

Howe’s defence has been hit by injuries with key defender Elliott Ward ruled out for up to two months.

Steve Cook is a doubt with a foot injury and former Brighton player Tommy Elphick looks set to start against his former team.

The Cherries have also brought in Nico Yennaris on loan from Arsenal this week.

The 20-year-old plays on the right side of defence and midfield but even this signing may not be enough to plug a back-line which has conceded five or more goals on three occasions this season.

Bet on Andrew Crofts to score anytime at 11/2

Bournemouth are better going forward and strikers Brett Pitman and Lewis Grabban have 11 goals in the league between them this season.

The duo combined for 32 during last season’s promotion campaign from League One and they have stepped up well to this higher level.

However neither has obliged in Bournemouth’s last five matches and as a result The Cherries will need to improve if they are to fend off a strong Brighton side.

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Brighton to beat Bournemouth at 6/4