Brighton v Stoke prediction: 2-1 to the Seagulls
There is currently an optimism around Brighton that Stoke were familiar with a few seasons ago.
Brighton appear to have momentum on their side, with Stoke not enjoying their travels generally this season.
Brighton v Stoke: Who will win?
Brighton are favourites to win this Premier League match at 7/5.
Stoke are slightly longer odds at 12/5.
Draw at half-time and a Brighton win looks like attractive odds, at 9/2.
Brighton v Stoke match preview
Brighton have enjoyed an incredible start to the Premier League season.
All three promoted sides have impressed in 2017/2018 but it is Chris Hughton’s Brighton that have the most points including Newcastle and Huddersfield.
Brighton come into this match with 15 points from 11 matches and a win would boost their survival hopes, even if we are still in November.
Which Stoke will turn up at Brighton?
With all their Premier League experience Stoke will offer a tough test, but one that Brighton will feel can be overcome.
Stoke’s last visit down south ended in a 1-0 victory at high flying Watford, so Mark Hughes’ team do have some hope.
The Potters boast some hugely talented players – but will Xherdan Shakiri and co. turn up at Brighton?
No Jack Butland for Stoke at Brighton
Stoke’s major problem for this match is that Jack Butland is out after breaking a finger on England duty.
Lee Grant will come in and there seems little doubt that this change makes Stoke weaker.
Glenn Murray, who has scored four goals in three games will be relishing the opportunity of taking on one of the worst defences in the Premier League.
Brighton team news v Stoke
Chris Hughton confirmed in his press conference ahead of Stoke that Brighton have no major injury problems.
Steve Sidwell, who is listed as doubtful by some websites, is expected to be available against his former club.
Matt Ryan, who played for Australia on Thursday, has had ample time to return after helping the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup.
Stoke team news v Brighton
Stoke are without three players for the trip to Brighton.
Jack Butland, Stephen Ireland and Geoff Cameron are all unavailable.
In his pre-match presser, Mark Hughes hailed the performances this season of Shaqiri and Kurt Zouma.