Who knows how costly those two points dropped deep into injury time at the City Ground last weekend will prove to be at the end of the season but, for the moment, Albion sit fourth in the Championship table and 6/1 with BetVictor for back-to-back promotions.
Seven games to go starting with the visit of Middlesbrough who sit one place below Brighton in the table but only as a result of an inferior goal difference following Boro’s point at Portman Road midweek. That was the side’s third successive 1-1 draw and the Teeside Club are 7/1 to be playing in the Premier League next season.
Those promotion odds will change if either side get all three points on Saturday and we are a top industry price of 6/5 for Brighton with Boro 27/10 and the draw at 23/10. Ashley Barnes is 6/1 to score first with Sam Vokes 13/2 and given the visitor’s recent run you wont be surprised to see 1-1 the 6/1 favourite scoreline.
With a difficult looking run in (including Reading H, West Ham A) next month I think the Seagulls need all three points on Saturday if they are to make the play offs with a visit to Burnley on Good Friday next up after Saturday for Gus Poyet’s men.
No question where the biggest game of the day is in the Championship, with third place West Ham entertaining second placed Reading at Upton Park; the Hammers win at London Road on Tuesday broke their own sequence of five draws on the spin and, although they have more points on their travels than in front of their own supporters, they are 5/4 to gain a valuable three points in their quest for an automatic promotion place with Reading 5/2 and the draw at 12/5.
Reading are currently 4/7 for promotion with the Irons 8/13 and a win for either side would see them cement the second automatic place behind Southampton who remain ¼ for the Title although they face a difficult looking game at Blackpool (live on BBC2) on Saturday evening.
Saints are 8/5 to return from the Lancashire seaside with the points with Blackpool 9/5 and the draw at 5/2; I can see goals and fancy 2-2 at 12/1.
The flat turf season begins on Saturday with the Lincoln Handicap from Doncaster the first leg of the Spring Double and the richest race in the world the Dubai World Cup later in the day. Eton Forever (3.15) goes well fresh and despite being higher in the weights than when landing the consolation event last year can strike gold for Roger Varian. To mark the event betvictor.com will refund losing win bets of £20 on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th horses as a free bet on the World Cup later in the day (6.40). For more information: http://www.betvictor.com/sports/en/content/-lincoln-em-up-