Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton welcome West Ham to the Amex in this Friday night fixture, as the visitors look to continue their impressive run of results under the lights. Both of these teams played against the Manchester clubs last time out, and both results were positive enough in their own way.
Brighton won both of the fixtures between the sides last season. The Seagulls won 3-0 at the London Stadium, before completing the double over West Ham with a 3-1 triumph at the Amex. The teams hadn’t played since 2012 before that, when the Hammers were victorious by a thumping six goals to nil in the Championship.
Chris Hughton has a trio of players in a race to be fit for this game. Pascal Gross, Florin Andone and Dale Stephens are all on the road to recovery after injury, and each player will be assessed towards the end of the week.
Javier Hernandez is in the same boat as those three Brighton players, although he’ll have to settle for a place on the West Ham bench if he makes the game. The visitors have five big players injured, including Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere.
Brighton v West Ham United Preview and Predictions
West Ham will make the short hop down to the south coast on Friday full of confidence after their excellent victory over Manchester United last weekend. Brighton managed to keep the score to 2-0 in their loss at Manchester City, which wasn’t a bad result considering how strong the Blues are this season.
Despite the positives they can draw from that game, it now means that Brighton have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions. It’s hardly panic stations at the Amex, but the Seagulls need to end their poor run before the rot really starts to set in.
Brighton are priced at 8/5 for the win here, which would be their first since their impressive 3-2 victory against Manchester United in August. Their opponents on Friday, West Ham, also put three goals past Jose Mourinho’s side in their last outing, and were comfortable for most of the game to boot.
The Hammers are 2/1 to take all three points back to the capital, as they look for their fourth win in five games. After beating Everton away, they ended Chelsea’s 100% start to the season, before smashing eight past Macclesfield in the League Cup and triumphing over United. If you think Brighton will halt the momentum the Irons have built up, you can back the draw in this one at 23/10.
West Ham to win and BTTS at 5/1
The Hammers are on a great run at the moment, but their only clean sheet so far this season was against Chelsea.
Arnautovic to score first at 5/1
The Austrian forward has made an excellent start to the season and is looking for his fifth goal on Friday night.