Born Player Nets As Bournemouth Sink Brighton

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth can start moving in the right direction on Friday

Bournemouth vs Brighton 15 September 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions

AFC Bournemouth will host Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night, as The Cherries look to get their first win of the Premier League season, whilst the Seagulls have notched up four points from as many matches.

Chris Hughton hopes Brighton's first win of the season against West Brom last weekend will lift his squad for the challenge ahead.

Chris Hughton admits he can not resist studying the Premier League table, even though the season is just four games old.

After a goal-less first half, the game came to life in the second half when Solly March headed Brighton in front from Pascal Gross's cross in the 55th minute.

The Cherries were 9-4-6 at Vitality Stadium last season but have lost their first two games at Dean Court this season. "I hope that's the confidence-booster, the kick-start, he needs". His first assist was an example of the flair that has marked him out as a rising star since his teenage years, and there was impressive skill and composure for his second.

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

"We defended really well all game".

Brighton got their first Premier League victory last week against West Brom. Two bits of quality from them and they have won the game. Tonight they make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth.

- Defoe has scored in 17 different Premier League seasons, with only three players scoring in more - Frank Lampard (18), Paul Scholes (19) and Ryan Giggs (21).

Eddie Howe's side are desperate for their first point of the season after four straight defeats.

Defoe has morphed from teenage talent to 34-year-old arch-poacher while Howe has moved into management in the 16 years in between - but the Bournemouth boss still finds himself stunned by the striker's eye for goal.

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