While Brighton have been in the top flight before, 2017/18 marks the first season of Premier League football for the Seagulls and Chris Hughton’s men have started brightly enough to suggest that they may be here for many years to come.
Once a team gets into the highest division in England, they gain greater exposure from the TV companies and in turn, the bookmakers take more of an interest too.
Let’s take a look at Brighton and Hove Albion FC in greater detail and see exactly where we can get some value from enhanced odds offers relating to the club.
Brighton were originally formed on the Sussex Coast back in 1901 and after several years of non-league football, they were elected to the new third division in 1920. It was during that period that they won their only national trophy thus far as they took the Charity Shield in 1910, beating Aston Villa in a one-off game.
In all honesty, for much of those early years Brighton were a fairly unremarkable side that flitted between the second and third divisions of the English game and they made little impact on domestic up competitions.
That started to change in the 1970s with Chairman Mike Bamber who initially landed an ambitious coup by attracting Brian Clough to the South Coast. Unfortunately, Clough was quickly lured away to an ill-fated spell with Leeds United but when Alan Mullery took over as manager he was to lead them to promotion to the first division at the end of the 1978/79 campaign.
During their time as a top flight club, Brighton proved a match for many teams and Mullery assembled a competent squad that would later face Manchester United in the 1983 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, that achievement under Jimmy Melia came at the end of a relegation season and it would take many years for the Seagulls to recover.
Finally, the club are back in the top flight with Chris Hughton at the helm. It’s early days of course but things have been largely positive at the start of 2017/18 with Brighton looking to stay in the Premier League for the long term.
The Brighton team that contested that FA Cup final of 1983 was arguably the best in the club’s history and it had evolved from the side that had gained promotion to the first division a few years earlier.
It wasn’t a squad packed with household names but it was a good mix of talent and experience. Gary Stevens would later play for Spurs and England while Michael Robinson was a competent striker who made 24 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. Jimmy Case provided the experience in midfield and they came so close to defeating Manchester United in the first game before capitulating in the replay.
Although their stay in the top flight was a brief one, that Brighton side of the late 1970s to early 1980s was the strongest in their history so far but can the current squad eclipse their achievements?
Here are Brighton’s stats from the last few seasons across all domestic competitions.
|Season||English Championship||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2017/18:||15th (in Premier League)||Quarterfinals||3rd Round|
|2016/17:||2nd (Promoted to Premier League)||3rd Round||3rd Round|
|2015/16:||3rd||3rd Round||2nd Round|
|2014/15:||20th||4th Round||4th Round|
Those league positions show quite a remarkable turnaround for a side who were just two places above the Championship relegation zone in 2014/15. They’ve now achieved their aim of becoming a Premier League side and while they flirted for relegation for a time in 2017/18, the Seagulls survived in a relatively comfortable 15th place and the priority for now is to consolidate from 2018/19 onwards.
There hasn’t been too much progression in the cups, aside from that FA Cup quarter final appearance but now, as a Premier League outfit, we might expect that to change in the future.
It took a while for the Seagulls to fire on their return to the top division but after a few games, striker Glenn Murray proved to be the most valuable player. The former Crystal Palace man scored some vital goals for his new club and enjoyed a decent scoring record at the Amex Stadium.
Any price boosts or enhanced odds offers relating to Brighton and Hove Albion are likely to focus on Murray and his exploits in the goal scoring markets. Strike partner Tomer Hemed started well for the club and he too could fall under the bookmakers’ radar.
In defence, offers are unlikely to fall on individual players but Lewis Dunk is a vital player for Brighton. He’s a reliable centre back and the club’s vice captain and a number of bigger Premier League sides have been linked with Dunk’s signature.
As a team, Brighton will also receive enhanced odds offers for certain games, usually those that are picked up by the live TV cameras so we will bring you the best of those as soon as we hear about them.
This is a historic team and it’s always good to welcome a new club into the Premier League so it will be fascinating to see how Brighton and Hove Albion cope with life among the big boys.