Brighton v West Ham – Match Preview and Betting Tips
Brighton v West Ham – Fri 5th Oct, 21:00, Amex Stadium
Referee: Kevin Friend
Friday night football could produce a cracker of a game this week. Brighton have started the season pretty well, considering they have played Man City, Spurs, Liverpool, Man United and an in-form Watford. Taking away a key three points at home to United, and two draws to Fulham and Southampton is not a bad start.
Now some of the big clashes are out of the way, they will need to focus on getting three points in games like this. West Ham had fallen to four straight defeats, but look rejuvenated after their wins against Everton, United and Macclesfield, while getting a solid point at Stamford Bridge.
In the Hammers latest game, they completely outplayed a terrible looking United, in their 3-1 win. It is hard to judge if United made them look so much better than they are, or if they are finally starting to gel under Pellegrini.
Brighton will be up for this match, especially considering they won both fixtures 3-1, and 3-0 last season, and their strong form at the Amex. I can see both teams getting on the scoresheet in this one, with only one clean sheet between them (West Ham 0-0) and Brighton’s strong home scoring record. Which has seen them score six goals in three games while conceding in every match (six goals).
West Ham are certainly a threat going forward at the moment, with six goals in their last three PL games, and the 8-0 drumming of Macclesfield. The front-three attacking talent on display for West Ham are starting to step it up, with Yarmolenko, Anderson and Arnautovic looking better with every match.
Somehow, Both teams to score is best priced at 9/10 with Betfair and I really fancy this one. Brighton have shown their scoring ability, equalled with the inability to keep a clean sheet at the Amex. This has the potential to be a goal fest, with both teams needing the points to kick on with their campaigns.
Brighton have lost three and drawn two of their last five matches, with the draws coming against similar ability opposition. With West Ham’s encouraging displays we think both teams will cancel each other in this one, and we fancy a BTTS draw which is best priced at 18/5 with BetVictor.