Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Brighton lost their first two games 2-0 but have rebounded with a draw and 3-1 win over West Brom in their last game.

Hughton hopes his side they can use that result and performance as a catalyst heading into another winnable game at Dean Court on Friday night. "I'm hoping that we can take that into Friday's game".

"Historically we've always been very very good with the ball, very confident, and we haven't quite seen that".

Eddie Howe's side has had a hard start to their campaign, having already faced Arsenal and Manchester City, although, the young manager has condemned his team's recent performances.

Hughton believes that it won't be long before their south-coast neighbours are back in their stride. On the two previous occasions, in 1983 and 1994, they recovered to avoid relegation from the third tier.Three clubs have started a Premier League season with five consecutive defeats - Southampton in 1998, Sunderland in 2005 and Portsmouth in 2009.

More news: Moon rules out nuclear weapons in South Korea

Lying second from bottom in the Premier League table after four games, Howe's side are yet to get a point and have scored just once.

"By their standards they'll be disappointed, but certainly there's far more to come from them".

Although both teams have netted a meagre four times between them this season, they have shipped a whopping 13 goals and an evening under the floodlights might be just what the sides need to find their shooting boots.

However Hughton insists that they won't be prioritising getting results in those games over the bigger sides in the division. "He's a quality player and we're very much looking forward to seeing him".

However, true value lies in the first period as the Cherries have led at half-time in three of their last four games against Brighton, and they are a good price at 9/5 (2.80) to do so again.