Is Brighton & Hove Albion v Bournemouth on TV, what's the team news, what are the odds?

Brighton & Hove Albion entertain Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday and will look to pick up all three points to ease their relegation fears.

Tuesday, 9th April 2019, 10:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th April 2019, 3:27 pm
Florin Andone celebrates scoring in Brighton's FA Cup win at Bournemouth in January. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Albion sit five points above third-from-bottom Cardiff, who then visit the Amex on Tuesday.

Brighton have met Bournemouth twice already this season. The Cherries were 2-0 victors at the Vitality Stadium in the league in December, before Albion won 3-1 at Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round in January.

What time does Brighton v Bournemouth kick off?

The game gets underway from the Amex at 3pm.

Is the game on TV?

No. Albion's next televised match is the trip to Tottenham on April 23. Highlights will be on Match Of The Day from 10.30pm on Saturday evening.

What’s the team news?

Albion will hope to have Pascal Gross (hamstring) and Solly March (calf) back available after the duo both missed Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City.

Brighton pushed City all the way at Wembley and Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is unlikely to make too many changes, although he will have one eye on Tuesday's home game with Cardiff.

The back four and midfield trio are likely to remain the same but Hughton could opt to start Florin Andone up front against the Cherries and then bring Glenn Murray back in from the start against Cardiff.

Anthony Knockaert is likely to continue on the right-hand side of Albion's front three after being named man-of-the-match against Manchester City, while Jurgen Locadia and Jose Izquierdo will be pushing Alireza Jahanbakhsh for the left-hand side role.

Bournemouth have won just one of their last nine Premier League games and Cherries boss Eddie Howe says his side are still not yet safe from relegation.

They are 13th in the table, five points clear of Brighton who are five points above the relegation zone.

Charlie Daniels, Andrew Surman, Simon Francis, Lewis Cook are all out and former Albion defender Steve Cook is not due back from a groin injury until the end of the month.

Joshua King and Callum Wilson are likely to lead the line at the Amex, while David Brooks and Ryan Fraser have impressed on the wing this season.

Asmir Begovic has returned in goal in place of Artur Boruc for the Cherries' last two games.

Who is the referee?

Kevin Friend will be the man in the middle for Saturday's match. He has taken charge of 23 Premier League games this season and has shown 82 yellow cards and two reds.

Friend has been a lucky omen for Albion in the Premier League this season. He has officiated four Brighton matches and the Seagulls have won three of them, against Manchester United, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

The other game was the 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool in January.

Matthew Wilkes and Derek Eaton will be the assistant referees on Saturday and the fourth official will be Stuart Attwell.

What are the odds?

Brighton are the favourites for the three points at 13/10 on PaddyPower. The draw is 9/4 and a Bournemouth victory is 21/10.

A repeat of the 2-2 draw at the Amex last season is 12/1. Bournemouth won 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League this season and a repeat of that scoreline is 14/1.

Albion knocked Bournemouth out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win in January and that scoreline is 17/1.

A 1-0 Brighton win is 13/2 and a 2-0 victory is 9/1.

Brighton striker Glenn Murray is favourite to score the first goal at 7/2 and he is 6/5 to net anytime.

Florin Andone is 9/2 and 8/5 respectively, while Anthony Knockaert is 10/1 and 4/1 and Alireza Jahanbakhsh is 12/1 and 9/2.

Cherries striker Callum Wilson is 11/2 to score first and 15/8 to net anytime, with team-mates Joshua King 7/1 and 13/5 and Dominic Solanke 15/2 and 11/4 respectively.

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