This season might just be a case of ‘what ifs’ for Brighton as a seven-game winless streak to end the season blew any chance of making the playoffs for Gus Poyet’s men.
The way they began the season and then began 2012 was quite remarkable. However, the spells of inconsistency in between cost them the shot at Premier League football next season.
The Seagulls end this season with a trip up north to Barnsley, a side whose season has not ended well with just one win in 14. Considering they began the season with six draws from nine games, the fact they’ve drawn just twice since is surprising. At BetVictor we make Brighton favourites at 6/4, with Barnsley 9/5 and the draw 12/5.
What with neither team having anything to play for but pride and Barnsley just wishing for the season to end, the price for Under 2.5 goals looks good value at 39/40; just shorter than Evens. The price for a 0-0 bore draw at Oakwell is 11/1.
Goals have been spread well across the team at the Amex this season, with midfielder Will Buckley contributing 8 goals from 28 appearances, a far better ratio than strike partnership Ashley Barnes (11 in 42) and Craig Mackail-Smith (9 in 44); both will probably be disappointed with that return.
Buckley is 15/2 to score first and 2s anytime with Barnes and Mackail-Smith both 11/2 to score first and 6/4 anytime. Former Barcelona youngster Gai Assulin, currently on-loan from Man City is 7/2 to score his first Brighton goal on what will probably be his final appearance.
Either way I’m sure Brighton will want to end the season in style and give their travelling fans something to shout about on the final day of a thrilling Championship season.