Brighton and Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 06, 2017
The Amex Stadium - Premier League
This battle of the Albions pitches newly promoted Chris Hughton’s Brighton against old master Tony Pulis’ wily West Brom. Innocence and ambition against experience and pragmatism. West Brom will be tough opponents for a side already desperately in need of points… or even a goal.
Historically West Brom have eight wins to Brighton’s three with seven draws. However the clubs haven’t met since 1993., having first come into competitive contact in 1977. This will be their first meeting at The Amex and also their first clash in the Premier League.
Goal-shy Brighton are likely to be without main striker Tomer Hemed. The Israel international missed his country’s Wednesday night World Cup qualifier with Italy and is not expected to recover in time. The Seagulls are also minus Beram Kayal and have doubts regarding seasoned scorer Glenn Murray and Izzy Brown.
The Baggies are without the suspended Hal Robson-Kanu but are boosted by the likely availability of big money buy Oliver Burke. Kieran Gibbs could well debut following his move from Arsenal and there will be a lot of eyes on the performance of new midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak if he plays, following the Poland international’s move from Paris Saint-Germain. Defender Gareth McAuley though is a doubt with a thigh strain.
Brighton and Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion Preview and Predictions
Brighton haven’t scored a goal in with the big boys yet – despite playing over half of their last game against a Watford team reduced to 10 men before half time. They did score in the Carabao Cup, but just the one, at home to Barnet. On the other hand they haven’t conceded in their last two either, beating Barnet 1-0 and drawing at Watford, so confidence may be building just a little.
West Brom on the other hand know exactly how to gain maximum advantage by stifling their opponents, frustrating them and then bagging the points, often with a well worked set piece. Tony Pulis’ side have conceded just one Premier League goal so far this season and away from The Hawthorns came up with a trademark 1-0 win at a Burnley side renowned at home before a much-changed side won 3-1 at Burnley’s near-neighbours Accrington in the cup.
Brighton are 33/20 to win with West Brom 9/4 and the odds on a draw 107/50. Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans both return to Albion elated after scoring in Northern Ireland’s big win over the Czech Republic on Monday night so there will be no shortage of confidence in the away camp.
West Brom to win 1-0 at 7/1
Brighton are learning about the Premier League. West Brom are masters of grinding out results. Clean sheet and a set piece goal. Simple.
The game to finish 1-1 at 11/2
Brighton lack real top level quality but are at home and will fight for everything. This could be a low-scoring scrap that ends all square.