Two Premier League sides will clash against one another in the next round of the FA Cup, when Bournemouth will host Brighton on Saturday. Bournemouth were excellent in the first months of the season but have really fallen off lately. They will now have a great chance to go through to the next round against a Brighton side who are not very good on the road.
Date/Time: 1-5-2019, 07:30 EST
Spread: Bournemouth -0.5
Total: 2.25 Goals
Bournemouth made a great start in the season when they went undefeated in their first four matches. They had lost just twice in their first 13 matches of the season in all competitions but reality has been much harder ever since. Bournemouth have won just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions, losing the other nine in the process (2-9-0). In their last match they met a bad 1-4 loss on the road against Manchester United which came after a massive 0-5 loss against Tottenham. Moreover, they have only scored in two of their last six matches, losing five in the process. Bournemouth were dominant at home in the start of the season, as they were undefeated in their first eight. But they have won just two of their last five and now have a 8-3-2 record in all competitions, with all three losses coming in their last five at home.
On the other hand, Brighton have been really struggling with consistency this season but they have been plagued by injuries. However, they broke out of their slump in their last match when they beat Everton by a slim 0-1 at home. They were really bad in the first half but did a great job in the second, when they scored the only goal of the match at the 59th minute. They have now grabbed four points from their last two matches but prior to that they had three consecutive losses. Brighton have been really weak on the road so far (2-7-1), scoring in half of their away matches and keeping just a single clean sheet. Even so, they have only conceded three goals once so far on the road, and conceded twice on five occasions.
The two teams also met in this venue for the Premier League earlier in the season, where Bournemouth scored once in each half to win by 0-2. Last season they also won here by 1-2 before a 2-2 draw on the road. In-between the two teams played for a goal-less draw in the Carabao Cup.
Bournemouth have been excellent against Brighton in recent years (5-0-5 in the last 10). Moreover, they have been great as hosts (6-1-3). Bournemouth have a great chance to move through here, so I will back them up to cover the spread.
FA Cup Bournemouth vs Brighton Prediction: Bournemouth -0.5 (-118)
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