Brighton v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 14, 2019
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton face West Ham on Saturday, with the two sides having experienced contrasting emotions during their opening games of the season. The Hammers will want to bounce-back following a crushing defeat to Manchester City, whilst the Seagulls will hope to build on a promising win over Watford.
Last season saw two close fought encounters between the two sides, with the most recent ending in a 2-2 draw. Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy scored first to build a commanding lead, only for a Marko Arnautovic brace to level the scoring.
Graham Potter brought Dan Burn into a back five for his opening game in a season, in a starting XI that was otherwise similar to last year. However, new boy Neal Maupey and Florin Andone both made solid cases to start following goals against Watford.
Manuel Pellegrini will have to decide whether to stick or twist with last weekend's squad. Sebastien Haller was never likely to have much of a hope against City, but the midfield, consisting of Jack Wilshere and Declan Rice, looked outran without injured captain Mark Noble, who is also likely to miss out on Saturday.
Brighton v West Ham Predictions and Previews
Following a summer of uncertainty, Brighton's opening game has provided Graham Potter with a great start to his spell as manager, and he will look to keep it going against West Ham this weekend.
West Ham have had almost the opposite experience, as despite a remarkable transfer window, bringing in French forward Haller, and Spain U-21 international Pablo Fornals, they were beaten 5-0 at home by Manchester City.
Pellegrini will be keen to put this down to early-season nerves against the best team in the country. On Saturday however, the manager will have no experience not to put in a better performance against a similarly equipped opponent.
On Matchday One evidence, the Seagulls appear to have changed formation from Chris Hughton's reign as manager, adopting a narrow 5-4-1 shape. Against Watford, this allowed the side to dominate their own area, and the central midfield zone successfully shutting down their opponents attacks. However, with just one up front, they may struggle against similarly defensive sides, and Potter will need to find a way to integrate £20 million signing Maupey into the team, who is 7/2 to score this weekend.
Both sides look evenly matched on paper, and last weekend's opener is little to judge on in terms of form, so Saturday should provide a great spectacle for the neutral.
Sebastien Haller to score anytime at 4/1
The Frenchman was prolific in the Bundesliga last season and will want to get off the mark quickly for the Hammers.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 10/11
Between them the two sides saw eight goals in their opening games, whilst their latest encounter ended with four.