Ah Mondays. Don’t you just love ‘em.
The only good thing about it is there’s usually football on the tellybox so we’ve armed ourselves with a juicy same game-multi to kick off the week.
Anyone expecting a goal-fest might want to scan the latest Netflix releases as high-scoring games between these sides are as rare as rational debate from Donald Trump.
Brighton have a pitiful record on the road in the top tier, with a 1-0 win over the now relegated Swansea last November their last victory away from home.
On the flip side, while Southampton did beat Crystal Palace 0-2 before the International break, Mark Hughes’ side haven’t put back-to-back wins together since April 2017.
Both fixtures last season ended in 1-1 draws and while we’d all love loads of goal-mouth action to cheer, we’re ready to sacrifice that in favour of a another South coast stalemate.
Both Charlie Austin and Shane Long face late fitness tests. If both fail, there’s a fair chance that newbie signing and now leading scorer this season, Dany Ings, could be forced to do a lot of the donkey work up top to add to his two-goal tally so far.
A better option may be the returning Glenn Murray who is chasing his 100th goal for the club. The veteran striker has hit the net three times in his last three games for the Seagulls this season – but crucially, he’s scored four times against the Saints in his career.
While Mark Hughes’ side did put one over on Brighton with a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup last month, last season’s league games saw the away side net relatively early in the first half first, before the home side hit back after the break.
Adding this ‘goal in each half’ option tonight, gives us a little more bang for our buck.