THE Seagulls are flying and Oscar Garcia will demand no let up as his side travel to The DW Stadium to take on Owen Coyle’s Wigan, who are juggling a Europa League campaign with promotion aspirations.
Brighton have crept up to 11th in the table, just three points from Reading filling out the final play-off spot after sealing back-to-back victories in the Championship for the first time since August.
Albion fans dreaming of a finish much higher than mid-table can back the Seagulls at 7/2 for a top-six finish, and, after facing a host of promotion candidates at the beginning of the season, Brighton’s fixture list looks favourable for the rest of the year, starting with Wigan on Saturday
Wigan beat Yeovil two weeks ago to record their first away win in nine games and their first since beating Barnsley 4-0 on the opening day of the season; however they remain unbeaten at the DW Stadium this season and warrant maximum respect.
BetVictor make Wigan the 21/20 favourites, the Seagulls 11/4 and the draw 12/5, whilst Brighton are 7/4 in the draw no bet market, Athletic 1/2.
It looks one for both teams to score punters to swerve, yes at 37/40, no looking an almighty tempting price at 9/10. Similarly the over 2.5 goals price at 6/5 looks a touch skinny.
Expect a cagey start with both sides cancelling each other out, the 0-0 half-time correct score extremely appealing for punters at 8/5, the full-time equivalent at 9/1. If Brighton are going to nick all three points it is most likely to come through the 1-0 correct score, which pays 10/1 with BetVictor.
Ashley Barnes spearheads the attack in the absence of Leo Ulloa and Craig Mackail-Smith and will have been buoyed by his brace against Blackburn; he is 13/2 to open the scoring, 23/10 to score anytime and 10/1 to bag himself his second brace in as many games.
Elsewhere in the Championship Queens Park Rangers look good value at 8/13 to carry on their fine home form at Loftus Road against Charlton, with fellow promotion candidates with will have one eye on The City Ground as top of the table Burnley travel to Nottingham Forest; Forest 23/20, The Clarets 12/5 and the draw 12/5.
BetVictor are refunding losing bets on selected markets if there is a red card in the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool, in Saturday’s 12.45pm KO. Liverpool are the 29/20 favourites, Everton 2/1 and the draw 12/5 in what will no doubt prove a fiercely competitive 90 minutes.
The offer applies to several markets, including man-of-the-match betting and Luis Suarez heads the market as the 7/1 favourite but on home soil expect a solid showing from the Everton duo of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, both priced at 14/1 with BetVictor.
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