The Brighton vs. Bournemouth match taking place at 20:00 on September 24 is considered an opportunity for the hosts to vent.
Brighton vs. Bournemouth: hosts attempt to get 3 points
The match between Brighton and Bournemouth saw the hosts’ relentless effort to get three points. Brighton have just made their Europa League debut this season. Rated higher than Greek representative AEK Athens, Brighton have a home advantage to increase their chances of winning. However, the unexpected result happened as the visitors took a 2-1 lead after halftime. In the second half, Joao Pedro and the Brighton players made relentless efforts but still ended up losing 2-3 in total goals scored.
Brighton are facing a difficult situation as they need to overcome AEK Athens at home to remain competitive in the group stage. In their group, AEK Athens is considered the weakest team, while Ajax and Marseille are very strong opponents. After their defeat to AEK Athens, Brighton will continue their battle at home, this time against Bournemouth in the 6th round of the 2023–24 Premier League.
Despite an unsuccessful European war, Brighton still has a good record in the league. They won four of the first five matches of the season, making a clear mark by defeating United 3-1 at Old Trafford. This was only Brighton’s only loss at the AMEX Stadium, as they let West Ham win 1-3. With 12 points from 5 games, Brighton are currently 5th in the table. Despite suffering the loss of several key players in this summer’s transfer window, De Zerbi’s side has shown the strength and ability to compete in the European Cup group.
If Bournemouth are beaten, Brighton will have their third successive win in the Premier League this season and remain in the top group. Brighton’s attack is playing impressively. After 5 rounds, Evan Ferguson and his teammates have scored 15 goals, an average of 3 goals per game; this number is more than the attacking teams considered high-end, such as Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, or Arsenal.
If the attack played impressively, then the worries came from the Brighton defense. Brighton have yet to keep a clean sheet this season in all competitions and over their last 10 games have failed to do so; their last time without conceding goals came against Arsenal back in May when they earned a 3-0 victory.
Bournemouth were also awarded one point after their home draw against Chelsea; both teams tied at 0-0. Andoni Iraola played resiliently in this match, and I must admit that they were sheltered by divine luck. Over the course of the match, Chelsea had two shots on goal, and the visitors’ tally was also far exceeded.
The scoring record of the two teams was analyzed.
Despite a draw against Chelsea, Bournemouth have yet to smell victory in the Premier League this season. Their record is 3 draws and 2 losses. Iraola’s side is one of only five clubs to ever feel the joy of winning the 2023/24 Premier League after five initial rounds, along with Burnley, Sheffield United, Luton Town, and Everton, the three newly promoted teams. Bournemouth are currently 15th in the table and can clearly see challenges mounting as they fight to remain in the league from now until its conclusion at season’s end. Their sole victory this season came against Swansea City when they prevailed 3-2 in round two of League Cup.
In an unfavorable situation and thrust into an away role at Brighton, Bournemouth faced an extremely difficult task: to win points. Over 180 minutes had gone by without them being able to break through and score on Brighton, even as Bournemouth were defeated 0-1 at Brighton last season and later succumbed 2-0 when playing back home at Vitality Stadium. Data shows that, in the last six encounters with Brighton, Bournemouth has tasted the bitter fruit of victory only four times.
In terms of force, the absence of Lewis Dunk and Evan Ferguson against AEK turned into a minor muscle problem and illness. Although they have resumed light training, the possibility of playing against Bournemouth remains open. The same was the case with James Milner, who was struggling physically. The home team could not have the services of the trio of Pascal Gross (due to muscle), Jakub Moder, and Julio Enciso (due to knee) due to various injuries.
Bournemouth are currently injury free following their 0-0 draw against Chelsea and remain without Alex Scott (knee), Tyler Adams (thigh), Emiliano Marcondes (ankle) and Ryan Fredericks (calf) as key figures. Lewis Cook, Bournemouth’s star against Chelsea last week, had three successful tackles and five interferences in the opponent’s attack. The Englishman will continue with Philip Billing as a midfielder for the visitors.