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Southampton vs Brighton predictions: Preview & likely line-ups

101 Great Goals prediction: Southampton 1 – Brighton 0

Southampton to beat Watford 1-0 is 9/2 with Paddy Power

Southampton have shown signs of life in recent matches and will be well aware that Brighton are a point above them.

Both sides are struggling for goals so don’t expect an end-to-end goal-fest!

Southampton vs Brighton: Who will win?

Southampton are favourites with the bookies to win this match, at 4/6.

Brighton are long odds of 9/2 for the win.

Draw at half-time and Southampton to win at 16/5 looks like a good offer.

There are big odds on the new signings to score first: Guido Carrillo is 7/2. Leonardo Ulloa is 15/2.

Carrillo is 13/8 to score anytime. Ulloa 16/5 anytime.

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Southampton vs Brighton match preview

Of the seven Premier League games on Wednesday night, this could well get the least coverage with a dour game and few goals expected.

Yet, for the respective futures of Southampton and Brighton this is an enormous match.

Southampton come into it one point and two places behind Brighton. The Saints are in the relegation zone – which surely no one expected in late January.

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Southampton are improving rapidly

Southampton had a horror spell in November and December which culminated in a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace and Virgil van Dijk finally leaving for Liverpool.

Since then, Mauricio Pellegrino has turned things around. Mainly in terms of performances rather than results.

Southampton were hugely unlucky to draw at Watford, and were well worth their points against Spurs.

FA Cup wins over Fulham and Watford should also have infused confidence in the squad.

The arrival of Guido Carrillo also provides more striker options and an aerial threat that could prove critical in avoiding the drop.

Brighton: Good in the FA Cup, woeful in the Premier League

Brighton, meanwhile, would have bitten your hand off if you would have told them at the start of the season that they would be ahead of Southampton come the end of January.

Nevertheless, like the other promoted teams Huddersfield and Newcastle, the Premier League simply seems to be getting tougher.

Whilst Brighton have progressed in the FA Cup despite tricky ties versus Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, they have been well beaten by West Brom and Chelsea in the Premier League.

Brighton have won once in their past five Premier League games. Stretching back to November, it is one win in 13 matches.

Last time they met: Brighton 1 – Southampton 1

These two south-coast rivals last played in October.

Steven Davis gave Southampton an early lead.

Glenn Murray equalised just after half-time. Another tight low scoring encounter seems inevitable.

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Southampton team news vs Brighton

Southampton played a strong side against Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Ryan Bertrand came off in the Watford match and will take a late fitness test. The England left back is likely to make it.

Guido Carrillo will also be assessed before kick-off.

Charlie Austin is back in training but this game comes too early for Southampton’s top goal scorer.

Brighton team news vs Southampton

Brighton rested a number of first team play at Middlesbrough, so expect a similar side to the one that faced Chelsea.

New signing Jurgen Locadia is still unavailable for Brighton.

Leonardo Ulloa looks likely to start, or come off the bench for significant minutes at Southampton.

Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak are out.

Southampton predicted starting XI vs Brighton

Southampton predicted starting XI vs Brighton

Southampton predicted starting XI vs Brighton

Brighton predicted starting XI vs Southampton

Brighton predicted starting XI vs Southampton

Brighton predicted starting XI vs Southampton

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