Kick-off: 1500, 17/08/2019
Stadium: Amex Stadium
Graham Potter got off to a great start as Brighton boss with a big win at Watford and the honeymoon period can continue when hosting West Ham.
Albion have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in four previous Premier League meetings with the Hammers, with that excellent record boosted by two home victories.
Getting 3/2 for the Seagulls looks a gift and we’re backing them to prevail for our initial Brighton vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Former Swansea manager Potter always promised to be more enterprising than predecessor Chris Hughton and backed up that view with a fine 3-0 triumph at Vicarage Road.
Albion were given a helping hand when Abdoulaye Doucoure turned the ball into his own net, before second-half goals from substitutes Florin Andone and Neal Maupay on debut sealed the win.
Potter beamed: “I’m really pleased for the group collectively because they put a lot of work into that and it’s not easy to win away from home in the Premier League.
“To score three goals and keep a clean sheet is something for us to build on and improve.”
One swallow doesn’t make a summer but it was hard not to be impressed with the positive attitude shown by Brighton that day.
Looking at the Brighton vs West Ham odds, we like 29/10 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Burn, Stephens, Gross, March, Propper, Locadia, Murray.
Brighton have no fresh injury problems, but winger Jose Izquierdo and defender Ezequiel Schelotto (both knee) continue their rehabilitation along with midfielder Yves Bissouma (shoulder).
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham had the misfortune of kicking off their campaign against champions Manchester City and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-0 hiding.
It was a chastening start to the season for United, who spent more than £70million over the summer but were left chasing shadows in the second half.
Stand-in skipper Aaron Cresswell insisted: “In the first half, the game was close, but once they got the second and third it was all over.
“It’s difficult to come back against City, but we will review the game, look at what went wrong and try to put it right next week.”
Cresswell added that “one game isn’t going to define our season” but the Hammers also struggled during the Asia Trophy, when beaten by City and Newcastle.
Let’s add 3/1 for Albion to be ahead at half-time and full-time to our Brighton vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Fredericks, Anderson, Lanzini, Wilshere, Antonio, Rice, Haller.
West Ham have doubts over forwards Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson, who picked up unspecified problems in the season opener.
Captain Mark Noble (calf) will miss out again but could be back next week. Midfielder Jack Wilshere is fit despite coming off against City with a dead leg.
Watford 0-3 BRIGHTON – Abdoulaye Doucoure (og), Florin Andone, Neal Maupay
WEST HAM 0-5 Man City
Head-to-head: West Ham 2-2 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 West Ham, Brighton 3-1 West Ham, West Ham 0-3 Brighton
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