Bournemouth's Defoe strikes to seal comeback win over Brighton

Bournemouth's Defoe strikes to seal comeback win over Brighton

The winger, who had to have an operation on his groin at the end of last season, has returned to training with the first-team but is yet to regain full fitness, ruling him out of the fixture.

Izzy Brown may be in contention after returning to training following a hamstring problem.

Howe is hopeful Bournemouth can kick on after getting their first points of the campaign.

This was a first ever top-flight meeting between the two seaside clubs, who were playing each other in the second tier only two years ago.

"There's no doubt though that this Friday is, by a considerable margin, the more important of the two".

Manager Chris Hughton has played Hemed over top of Groß in three of Brighton's four games this season.

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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.

"The players are a very honest group, they want to do well and when we're not doing so well, they feel that".

They now had the bit between their teeth and got their reward soon after when Solly March made the most of more poor defending to nod home Pascal Gross' wonderful cross.

"We know and expect it to be a tough season, that's normal". What they have always done is they've always come through them. Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round's Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game.

Brighton got their first Premier League victory last week against West Brom. The Cherries have scored only one goal and have struggled to generate chances. He has scored against 35 of the 38 previous sides he has faced.

South African-born midfielder Andrew Surman was on target to help Bournemouth claim a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday evening.