Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Seagulls to bounce back under the lights

19:45/Jan 20

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield Wednesday.

Friday’s Championship match sees two promotion hopefuls comes head-to-head as Brighton & Hove Albion host Sheffield Wednesday at The Amex.

Brighton suffered a shock loss at Preston North End in their last league match which meant that they lost their position of Championship leaders to rivals Newcastle United. However, they are still just one point off top spot and are firmly in the automatic promotion places, ahead of third place Leeds United by a huge six points.

The Seagulls are the most solid side in the whole of England having conceded just 17 goals in 25 league matches – a better rate than Premier League leaders Chelsea (15 in 21). Furthermore, they have kept an incredible 16 clean sheets in 29 matches in all competitions.

However, it is not just the defence that has allowed them to pick up victories, their excellent attack and exciting brand of football brings goals to Chris Hughton’s side who have found the back of the net 40 times in the league this campaign – an average of 1.6 per game.

Home form has been vitally important to Brighton’s promotion chase and they have not lost a league match at the AMEX Stadium since 10th September, whilst they have won their last four and three of those without conceding.

Sheffield Wednesday are sitting just inside the play-off places in sixth place, however, they have managed to open up a five point gap between themselves and nearest challengers Derby County. The Owls have been on a decent run recently, avoiding defeat in their last league six matches. Conversely though, they have won only one of their last four in all competitions.

Like Friday’s opponents Brighton, Carlos Carvalhal’s team are excellent defensively with their record of just 24 conceded in 26 games the joint best of the four teams in the play-offs, whilst they have also kept five clean sheets in their last six Championship matches. However, unlike their south coast opponents, they’re a bit lacking in the final third with their ‘Goals For’ statistic of 30 the joint worst in the top-six. Furthermore, they have failed to score more than two goals in a match since a victory over Bristol City back on 17th September.

Life on the road has not been very pleasant for the Owls in recent weeks with just one win in their last four in all competitions – a run which included two defeats. This rather poor run has been ongoing for a while and indeed Wednesday have claimed victory away from home in just four competitive games since 9th April 2016.

Quite honestly, I expect Brighton to come out on top here given their generally solid form – particularly at home. They may have lost last time out, but they probably didn’t deserve to and can bounce back here. Most bookmakers are odds-on but William Hill have been kind enough to push the hosts out to 21/20 which is well worth taking advantage of.

Glenn Murray is a striker I have spoken about on most Brighton tips and I will do so again here. The 33-year-old has 15 goals this season with 13 of them coming at home. The big-man is the focal point of this Brighton attack and he clearly thrives on home comforts. It is certainly wise to involve him in a bet here and so ‘Glenn Murray to Score & Brighton & Hove Albion to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1’, at 4/1, is too good to miss out on.

See Friday’s League One tip here.

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