Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
Brighton & Hove Albion are just three points above the relegation zone, the position currently held by their Saturday’s counterparts Stoke City. We thus have reasons to call this a true relegation six-pointer at Bet365 Stadium and the match of a massive importance for both teams.
The Potters have been struggling badly for consistency at the back being shockingly league’s worst defensive team in this term. The drop into the danger area required some changes as the long-term manager Mark Hughes paid the price. Stoke City parted ways with the Welsh manager replacing him with a familiar Scotsman Paul Lambert in January.
The former Wolves boss did manage to install the fighting spirit about the team and turn Stoke City’s corner with the Potters keeping back-to-back clean sheets to Huddersfield Town and Watford in last two home ties. Brighton’s visit should allow the hosts to maintain such trend in spite of the fact they dropped the ball last weekend falling 2-1 away at AFC Bournemouth.
However, the league’s newcomers have also seen a rise in their form of late and they’ll head into this with two wins and a draw in last three outings in all competitions. Chris Hughton’s men have been particularly impressive last Saturday when they clinched a massive 3-1 win over West Ham United at the AMEX. Their top scorer Glenn Murray was the one who broke the deadlock opening up the way for the win, while goals also came from winger Jose Izquierdo and attacking midfielder Pascal Gross.
Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Head-to-head
The head to head stats entirely fancy Stoke City who have won 11 and lost just 1 of 18 ties with the Seagulls.
Nonetheless, this will only be their second ever meeting in the elite class, and the first one saw a 2-2 draw back in late-November in East Sussex.
Prior to that, the two teams played each other six years ago in the FA Cup (3-0 win for the Potters), while it has been 11 years since they’ve last locked horns in the Championship.
Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Prediction
Brighton & Hove Albion have been dreadful travellers for a while now picking up no more than two points from last seven games away from the AMEX.
Additionally, the Seagulls have found the target only once along the way (in seven matches) and we really do feel that Stoke City should be able to make it three clean sheets in a row at Bet365 Stadium.