Brighton moved up to fifth in the Championship last week when disposing of South Coast rivals Portsmouth 2-0 at the AMEX Stadium and you have to go all the way back to November nineteen last year to find their last reverse in the league.
With an embarrassment of attacking reaches at his disposol, manager Gus Poyet must be quietly confident of achieving promotion for which BetVictor quote the Seagulls at 8/1.When the likes of former Spanish international Rodriguez Vicente is able to come off the bench and score twice last week it certainly bodes very well for Albion’s tough final run in.
It’s a big seaside battle away at Blackpool this weekend with the Tangerines knowing a win would take them back above Brighton. Ian Holloways boys have struggled ever since the FA Cup loss at Everton and March has started poorly with only one point from a possible nine.
With the league so tight, however, the final playoff places may only be settled on the final day and Brighton must at least avoid defeat here to maintain the momentum.
The Seagulls are a tasty looking 31/10 to bring home the maximum return with Blackpool a rather uneasy 19/20 favourite and the draw 27/10. On current form and with Brighton so difficult to beat that draw price appeals and that might be a point won rather than two points lost come the end of the season.
It’s becomingly increasing difficult to predict the first goalscorer especially when trying to second guess Poyet’s team thoughts but there is certainly value to be hard if waiting for the final eleven to be confirmed. Leading scorer Ashley Barnes is available at 8/1 with betvictor.com, the ever dangerous Mackail-Smith at 7/1 and last weeks super sub Vicente is a big looking 14/1. The former Valencia man might offer some value at 4-1 to score anytime and also could be worth backing for last goalscorer if chosen to start from the bench again.
With so many issues to be resolved the Championship is producing so many meaningful games and this week is no exception. Leaders Southampton have a tricky looking game at Millwall who knocked the Saints out of the FA Cup and who still need points to avoid relegation.
Reading continue to lead the form table and moved into second with a draw at Doncaster in midweek; The Royals travel back to South Yorkshire to face a Barnsley side going along comfortably in mid table and proving harder to beat this term. Leeds entertain West Ham at Elland Road in arguably the game of the day and it would take a brave man to call this result with both clubs desperate for three points.
A ten pound treble on the top three clubs away would return just over one hundred pounds and if you stuck Brighton in watch those returns grow to £411!
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