No goals in two games for the Seagulls but that doesn’t tell half the story and Gus Poyet will be looking forward with relish to Saturday’s visit of relegation favourites Barnsley to the Amex as Brighton look to get their season up and running.
The Seagulls are 20s at BetVictor for the Championship Title from 18/1 last week and are 6/1 to be promoted; they are 8/11 to gain all three points against the Reds with Barnsley 22/5 and the draw at 13/5. It is hard to see past a home win and suggest Brighton will be many people’s idea of a weekend banker despite the worrying lack of goals.
Craig Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes are 5/1 jt favs to open the scoring and the former remains 13/8 favourite to be the top scorer in the Championship for the Seagulls despite a barren couple of games. Brighton are 29/20 to lead at both half and full time and that also makes plenty of appeal given they have started well in both games so far.
The visitors were winners on the opening day at Oakwell against Boro but were well beaten at Molineux midweek and they are 6/4 to be playing in League 1 this time next year; Palace are the big movers in this market given their poor start to the campaign and are now 2s from 11/4 for the drop.
Sussex Sharks go into Saturday’s Friends Life T20 semi-final with Yorkshire in Cardiff as 11/5 favourites at BetVictor to add a second T20 Title having won the old Twenty20 Cup back in 2009. The White Rose County have never been to Finals Day, but they are the only side of the four not currently embroiled in a four-day County Championship fixture and many believe that a big advantage although Sussex (and Somerset) will make the relatively short journey from Taunton to the Welsh capital on Friday evening.
The Sharks secured a last-ball win at Headingley in a recent rain-affected CB40 fixture and are worthy favourites; Yorkshire Carnegie are 10/3 outsiders of the four with Somerset 9/4 and Hampshire Royals 3/1. Note Somerset who have been runners up in the competition for the past three years & 2010 winners Hampshire will be meeting for the third year in a row on Finals day.
Sussex are odds on 8/13 to beat Yorkshire (5/4) in the first semi which starts at 11am with Somerset 4/6 to beat Hampshire (6/5) in the second semi at 2.30; it would be ironic if Somerset and Sussex met again in the final twenty four hours after the finish of their County Championship game but that remains the most likely scenario. If Kiwi all-rounder Scott Styris is in the same mood and form as he was in the ¼ Final then we are in for a real treat.
The big game in the Premier League sees Champions Manchester City (11/8) visit Anfield and a Liverpool side who will still be smarting after their opening day loss at the Hawthorns; anything over 2/1 is too big for the Reds who knocked out City in the Carling Cup last season; BetVictor are 85/40 and I suggest that is too big against a side who didn’t impress against Southampton on Sunday.
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