West Ham v Brighton Betting Tips
West Ham and Brighton were in the Championship the last time that they met back in April 2012.
Despite having their automatic promotion hopes effectively ended the week before, the Irons put the Seagulls to the sword with a 6-0 win that gave them much vital momentum ahead of their successful run through the playoffs.
While West Ham were on the up, Brighton missed out on a place in the playoffs that season and had to wait a further five years before claiming their place in the top flight.
On Friday night, the two teams meet again as equals under the lights at the London Stadium.
Extra Firepower to Make the Difference for the Irons
West Ham and Brighton went into the new Premier League season with rather different ambitions.
Having made a handful of signings with vast top-flight experience, Slaven Bilic was aiming for his team to kick on and potentially challenge for the European places. As for Chris Hughton, his one and only goal for the campaign was to avoid relegation back into the Championship.
After just eight games, the expectations of the two sides have fallen closer into line. West Ham had a horrific start to the season and, once again, they are primarily concerned with pulling away from the bottom three.
That adds an extra importance to Friday night’s game, especially for the home side.
West Ham’s problems in their new home have been well documented. The London Stadium lacks any of the intimacy of Upton Park and the team clearly struggled to get to grips with the place last season.
It still doesn’t quite feel like home but West Ham have won three of their four games at the former Olympic Stadium in all competitions. They were far from their best in wins over Huddersfield and Swansea but their attacking talent saw them through eventually and we’re expecting something similar this time around.
While the Seagulls will find goals hard to come by this term, West Ham have several quality options in attack and midfield. Brighton are very well organised but those options should be enough for West Ham to win at a best price of 17/20 with Marathonbet.
Seagulls Will Aim to Shut Up Shop
Chris Hughton knows all about the importance of home form. Brighton were generally excellent at the Amex Stadium last season and so far, all but one of their Premier League points have been secured in their south coast home.
In contrast, Hughton has decided to make his team as difficult to beat as possible on the road, scraping the odd win but generally aiming for low scoring draws. That may prove to be a sensible strategy but it’s not going to do much for those Brighton fans who routinely travel around the country watching their team.
With Brighton content to frustrate and their lack of genuine attacking quality, they may find it tough to score in East London. West Ham have kept three clean sheets in their last five league games and can repeat the trick on Friday at 6/5 with Boylesports.
West Ham’s improvement at the back and the approach of Brighton means this may not be the most entertaining match for the neutrals who tune into Sky Sports on Friday. There’s a lot on the line so try to capitalise on a cagey affair by betting on under 2.5 goals at 4/6 with Betfred.
Chicharito to Relish Being the Main Man
The West Ham fans were delighted when the club announced the signing of Javier Hernandez. The Mexican striker has scored goals at the very top levels of the game and looked like the goalscorer that the Irons have needed for so long.
It’s not quite gone to plan so far for Chicharito who has cut a frustrated figure playing in wide positions and regularly being subbed off.
But now, with Andy Carroll’s suspension, Hernandez will be the main man upfront against Brighton. If Bilic can work out a way of getting his midfield to create chances for Chicharito, he’ll surely oblige with a goal so back him to score first at 4/1 with Paddy Power.