Brighton vs Arsenal preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

  • Arsenal travel to Brighton on Saturday evening hoping to keep pace at the top
  • Gunners produced dominant display in reverse fixture
  • Mikel Arteta's side unbeaten in Premier League in 2024

Mikel Arteta duels Roberto De Zerbi on Saturday evening
Mikel Arteta duels Roberto De Zerbi on Saturday evening / Steve Bardens/GettyImages
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Arsenal are back on the road this weekend as they travel down to the Amex to face Brighton on Saturday evening.

The Gunners are in the thick of an enthralling title race, and they got the job done against an injury-hit Luton Town on Wednesday having held Manchester City, who thumped Aston Villa 4-1 on Wednesday, to a stalemate.

Mikel Arteta's side are still unbeaten in the Premier League this calendar year, but only a prolonging of such form will see them crowned champions come the end of May.

Brighton were comfortably inferior at the Emirates just before Christmas, and they've struggled for consistency this term having enjoyed their first-ever European campaign. Their Europa League journey came to an end before the break, and they've got a fight on their hands if they're to enjoy more continental ventures next season.

Roberto De Zerbi's side are ninth in the table heading into this fixture.


Brighton vs Arsenal preview

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Arsenal toppled Brighton in the reverse fixture before Christmas / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Here's our preview of Saturday's game on the South Coast.


How to watch Brighton vs Arsenal

  • When is kick-off? Saturday 6 March
  • What time is kick-off? 17:30 (GMT)
  • Where is it played? Amex Stadium
  • TV channel/live stream? Sky Ultra HD, SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League (UK) / USA Network (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
  • Referee? John Brooks

Brighton team news

The hosts are still without long-term absentee Kaoru Mitoma and Billy Gimour, while Jack Hinshelwood, Evan Ferguson, and James Milner are all doubts.

Danny Welbeck could start up top against his former club having scored at Anfield last weekend.

Julio Enciso is trying to find his feet after a long spell out, and the talented Paraguayan could earn a start against the Gunners.


Arsenal team news

Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka didn't play on Wednesday / Michael Regan/GettyImages

A quick turnaround meant a fatigued Bukayo Saka wasn't ready to feature on Wednesday, but I suspect he'll be back in the starting XI on Saturday.

Arteta rotated his pack in midweek and we'll likely see Declan Rice, Jakub Kiwior, and Jorginho all come back into the team. Gabriel Martinelli could also make his first start in over a month.

Jurrien Timber remains out of action.


Brighton vs Arsenal predicted lineups

Brighton: Verbruggen; Veltman, Van Hecke, Dunk, Igor; Gross, Baleba; Enciso, Pedro, Adingra; Welbeck.

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Havertz, Martinelli.


Brighton's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

03/04/24

Brentford 0-0 Brighton

Premier League

31/03/24

Liverpool 2-1 Brighton

Premier League

14/03/24

Brighton 1-0 AS Roma

Europa League

10/03/24

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Premier League

07/03/24

AS Roma 4-0 Brighton

Europa League


Arsenal's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

03/04/24

Arsenal 2-0 Luton Town

Premier League

31/03/24

Man City 0-0 Arsenal

Premier League

12/03/24

Arsenal 1-0 (4-2p) FC Porto

Champions League

09/03/24

Arsenal 2-1 Brentford

Premier League

04/03/24

Sheffield Utd 0-6 Arsenal

Premier League


Brighton vs Arsenal score prediction

Why do I feel as if a bit of chaos is on the horizon? This was a chaotic fixture last season, and I've just got a feeling there might be goals - contrasting recent trends.

Brighton have hardly been firing on all cylinders with De Zerbi's patterns proving easier to coach for, while Arsenal boast the best defensive record in the division.

However, with nothing else to play for, the hosts have got little to lose and they might just be able to create enough chaos to dishevel the typically secure visitors. Still, an Arsenal win is likely given the space Brighton surrender. The Gunners should be able to create several high-quality chances.

Prediction: Brighton 2-3 Arsenal


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