Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion play at Emirates Stadium in a 15th round match of the Barclays Premier League. The head ‑ to ‑ head record between these two teams couldn't be more balanced, since there have been 2 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 4 head ‑ to ‑ heads. The last head ‑ to ‑ head between these two teams was played on 05‑05‑2019, and ended in a draw by (1‑1). The home / away condition deserves special attention, since although this is a match between 8th and 16th of the league table, it's actually a match between the 5 th best in home matches and the 19th best in away matches.
The home team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 19 points won, after 4 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses. In the penultimate round, they have tied a home match against Southampton by (2‑2). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Norwich City, by (2‑2). This is a home team, since they have conceded 13 points in their stadium, with 13 goals scored and 10 conceded, against 6 points away, where they scored 7 goals and conceded 11. For the championship, Arsenal won 13 points out of 21 possible , after 3 wins and 4 draws in the last 7 games they have played at their stadium.
In this competition, they have not lost in their stadium in 7 matches. Defensive consistency hasn't been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches for this competition, they have only turned the score around in 1 in the 8 matches when they have conceded the first goal. There are 1 periods that stand out in the last 20 home matches in all competitions: conceded 8 of their 22 goals between minutes (61' ‑ 75 ').
Arsenal heads into this round after a 2-2 draw away from home against Norwich. Similar to the opponent of this round, Arsenal usually play in a 4-3-3, favoring a style of constant transitions, where the three most advanced men are Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette. The two great qualities of the home team are how they can overcome a disadvantage and the ease of creating danger situations. Coach Fredrik Ljungerg will not be able to count on Dani Ceballos for being injured.
Brighton & Hove Albion
After 4 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, the away team is in 16th position, having won 15 points. In the last match, they lost in an away match against Liverpool, by (2‑1), after in the previous match they have lost at home against Leicester City, by (0‑2). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they have won 11 points, against only 4 in their away matches. In the league, Brighton & Hove Albion have won 4 points out of 21 possible, after 1 win, 1 draw and 5 losses in the last 7 away matches.
In this competition, they have a sequence of 4 losses in the last away matches and they haven't won any of the last 6 away matches. Defensive consistency hasn't been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 7 times and have never been able to turn the score around. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (76' ‑ 90 ').
Brighton heads into this unmotivated round after a 2-1 loss away from home against Liverpool. The visiting team usually acts in a 4-3-3 tactical system, favoring the fast transitions, mainly through the sides. One of the strengths of the visiting team is the way they can achieve direct free kicks. Note that Brighton has many difficulties in completing the opportunities it can create. The visiting coach will not be able to count on Izquierdo and March for being handed over to the medical department.