WHISPER it, but everything seems to be falling into place at the Amex with Brighton moving nicely into the play-off zone after another narrow 1-0 victory over promotion rivals Burnley last weekend.
We highlighted the fall and fall of Middlesbrough last week and the Teeside Club were beaten 2-1 at the Riverside against Millwall a result which saw them swop places with the resurgent Seagulls.
Albion are now one point ahead with a game in hand of Boro and will probably view Nottingham Forest as the main danger given their current form.
Forest have suddenly found their feet with Billy Davies back at the helm but they trail Albion by four points having played a game extra.
Brighton have shortened to 4/5 to maintain a top six finish and 9/2 to gain promotion and on current form they look to have outstanding chances of achieving both.
The Seagulls have a great chance of maintaining their excellent recent run when relegation strugglers Huddersfield are the visitors on Saturday; Town are staring the drop in the face after a poor run of form and the game is as big for the Terriers and new boss Mark Robins as it is for Gus Poyet’s side.
BetVictor make Brighton strong favourites at 4/6 to heap further misery on the Yorkshire side with the draw 11/4 and a surprise away success 19/4.
Town have the worst goal difference in the section and a 0-0 draw at home to Ipswich last weekend at least was an improvement on previous games having lost 6-1 at Forest and dumped out of the FA Cup 4-1 at home by Wigan prior to the weekend stalemate.
Albion are certainly sharing the goals around at the moment and picking out a first goalscorer is proving difficult with a number of players more than capable of finding the back of the net.
David Lopez, who was scoring for a fifth time this campaign against the Clarets, has been described this week by Poyet as one of the first names down on the team sheet and is 12/1 to grab the opener and 9/2 to score at anytime.
The Seagulls have conceded just once in their last four Championship fixtures and in all those games backers of fewer than 2.5 match goals would have collected. No surprise, therefore, that we bet 4/5 for another game with two or fewer goals and this rates a solid wager.
The big game in the PL this weekend sees Spurs and Gareth Bale entertain North London rivals Arsenal with the Welsh wizard 8/13 to be named PFA Player of the Year in April, 25/1 to be named Ballon d’Or for 2013 (Messi ½ and Ronaldo 7/2) and 4/1 to be named Sky man of the match on Sunday against the Gunners.
Robin van Persie was 1/7 to be named Player of the Year at the end of January with Bale 33s, but United’s Dutch striker is out to 7/4 in the wake of Bale’s sensational run of form in which he has carried Spurs, almost single-handedly, into third place in the table.
Spurs are 11/8 at BetVictor to win in 90 minutes with Arsenal 19/10 and the draw 10/3; man-of-the-moment Bale is 19/4 to be first goalscorer and 6s to add another brace to Monday night’s double in what was another virtuoso performance.
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