Brighton v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 01, 2018
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Three points separate these two teams in the Premier League table, as Brighton host West Ham looking to draw level with Saturday’s visitors. Games between the teams in the bottom half will be crucial as the season draws towards its climax.
Brighton recorded a superb victory at the London Stadium in October, with a Glenn Murray brace either side of Jose Izquierdo’s goal handing the visitors a 3-0 win. That was the first meeting between the sides since 2012, when the West Ham smashed the Seagulls 6-0 in the Championship with Ricardo Vaz Te bagging a hat-trick.
Brighton fans are still waiting to see new signing Jurgen Locadia pull on the shirt, as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He could be fit for next weekend’s trip to Stoke, but joins Jiri Skalak, Steve Sidwell and Izzy Brown on the sidelines for this one.
West Ham boss David Moyes has an unpleasant injury list at the moment, but he’s likely to bring Michail Antonio back into the fold after a disciplinary issue. Winston Reid has a slight chance of being fit, although Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic, Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang all miss out. Arthur Masuaku is suspended after his recent spitting incident.
Brighton v West Ham Preview and Predictions
The bottom half of the Premier League table is so tightly bunched that a win for either of these two teams would do wonders for their season. West Ham would have a chance of rising into the top 10 with a victory, while Brighton are one of four teams on 24 points.
The Seagulls are currently just a single point above the drop zone, and Chris Hughton’s side will be fully aware of the importance of this game. The midweek draw at Southampton was no disaster, but Brighton only have seven home games left this season, with three of those coming against Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
The hosts are favourites in the betting at 11/8, while West Ham are available at 14/5. After sacrificing an FA Cup run for Premier League survival, Moyes is under plenty of pressure to deliver some positive results in the coming weeks.
Although a win in this one wouldn’t entirely appease those supporters disgruntled at the manager’s decision to field a weakened team at Wigan, it would vindicate Moyes’ decision in his own mind after the midweek draw against Crystal Palace. Another draw in this one meanwhile is priced at 21/10.
Both teams not to score at 17/20
This bet would’ve paid out in nine of Brighton’s last 12 games, and seven of West Ham’s last 14.
One goal winning margin at 5/4
This game’s likely to be a tight affair with so much at stake, and if there is a winner then there’s a good chance it’ll be by the odd goal.