Arsenal vs. Brighton and Hove Albion – English Premier League, May 23, 2021
It is the final day of the 2020/21 EPL season, and there are several games where the outcome will have very little bearing on the final table.
Though, this is not one of them. Arsenal still has a chance of qualifying for the Europa or Conference League. Brighton has no such pressure but should still push the Gunners all the way here.
Latest Arsenal vs. Brighton and Hove Albion Odds
It didn’t look very likely, but Arsenal’s late run of victories has given it a chance of finishing in the top seven. BetOnline has responded by making the Gunners odds on favorite to win on Sunday. Other results need to go Arsenal’s way to qualify for Europe.
Still, it should be able to pick up the points – and the odds for any other outcome are not attractive enough for any real interest, in my opinion.
Previewing the Match
With 90 minutes of Arsenal’s game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday up, it looked like the club would be left with only a slim chance of making it into the European places this weekend.
It was the fourth win in a row for Mikel Arteta’s side, in a streak that has seen the club climb from the middle of the table to within a chance of salvaging the season. Now Arteta needs to get his players to perform one last time and do their part of the job that could finish with an unlikely European berth.
Graham Potter’s Brighton will not allow Arsenal to have everything go its way this weekend, though. The Seagulls don’t have anything to play for but showed in the surprise win against Manchester City that the players are still giving it their all after securing EPL status for another year.
Lewis Dunk will return for this last game of the season after suspension, but he was not needed on Tuesday when Brighton overcame the champions. However, Neal Maupay is still out after receiving a red card in the same game as Dunk. But it will probably be the Seagulls defense that is busiest here anyway.
Arsenal vs. Brighton Prediction and Pick
Arsenal to Win-161
Arsenal needs one or both Everton or arch-rivals Spurs to slip up on Sunday to qualify for Europe. That would be a huge achievement for this team after how poorly it was playing earlier in the season.
It remains to be seen whether those other clubs will fit in with Arsenal’s plans – but I do think the Gunners will do their part.