West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, February 1, 2020


London Stadium

Punter's Pick

With both sides struggling for form – neither has won in their last four league fixtures, both teams might welcome the chance for a point in what is likely to be a tight and tense affair – a draw at 23/10 with Bet365 could be a good shout in that respect.

Just where will the goals come from with both sides on more than one occasion toothless in attack? Leandro Trossard got on the scoresheet when these sides met in August and is 9/4 to find the net with Bet365 at anytime during the match. Hammers newboy Tomas Soucek is 14/1 to mark his debut with the first goal – one for the romantics maybe? Michail Antonio at 15/2 is a more likely contender to open the scoring providing he is not off the pitch with yet another hamstring injury.

Struggling West Ham United take on fellow relegation candidates Brighton, with both sides desperate for three points as the fight for Premier League survival intensifies as we enter the last third of the season.

Moyes struggling to work his magic a second time?

After being perceived as a safe pair of hands to help guide West Ham to Premier League safety (again), David Moyes’ second stint at the club has barely got off the ground, with just one league win so far to celebrate. With only one point in their last four games combined with a FA Cup loss to Championship side West Brom, it has not been a particularly memorable January for Moyes as he struggles to find a winning combination and formation.

The next few weeks are not likely to bring much cheer either – away fixtures against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham lay in wait in four of their next six games, meaning defeat against a fellow relegation candidate would be almost unthinkable, and may go a long way to sending the Hammers down given the run of games on the horizon against superior opposition.

Brighton continue to struggle for consistency

Sitting just two points outside the relegation zone, Graham Potter’s Brighton side on paper look like they have been struggling all season, yet they always give the impression they are in reasonable form and a win is never far away. A similar sorry sequence of results like West Ham – no wins in four games and only two points in that period has pushed them back into the relegation picture.

A 3-1 defeat last time out against Bournemouth would have been particularly painful for Potter’s team, as they let an under pressure Cherries side run away with the game despite dominating the opening 30 minutes. Surprisingly Brighton have not made any moves to date in the transfer window despite the glaring lack of firepower to complement their neat build up play – top scorer Neal Maupay has just seven goals so far this campaign and has still failed to convince he can translate his Championship record into the goals required to keep Brighton afloat.

Can Hammers strike a blow?

West Ham have failed to beat Brighton in any of their previous five Premier League meetings since the Seagulls returned to the top flight, a fact which may weigh on their minds. With a tough run of fixtures also coming up, the pressure will be on the home side to come up with a big performance and a win, something that should in theory not be beyond them with the superior personnel to their opponents. However games at the London Stadium have been tense and turgid affairs for the home side most of the season, and Brighton will feel they can prey on the home sides nerves long enough to escape with a share of the spoils and heap further pressure on the Hammers.

Punter's Pick

With both sides struggling for form – neither has won in their last four league fixtures, both teams might welcome the chance for a point in what is likely to be a tight and tense affair – a draw at 23/10 with Bet365 could be a good shout in that respect.

Just where will the goals come from with both sides on more than one occasion toothless in attack? Leandro Trossard got on the scoresheet when these sides met in August and is 9/4 to find the net with Bet365 at anytime during the match. Hammers newboy Tomas Soucek is 14/1 to mark his debut with the first goal – one for the romantics maybe? Michail Antonio at 15/2 is a more likely contender to open the scoring providing he is not off the pitch with yet another hamstring injury.

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