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West Ham vs. Brighton Preview & Betting Tips-21/08/22

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A goalless and pointless West Ham would hope to turn their Premier League fortune around when they welcome Brighton at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The East London club is now at the bottom of the table in stark contrast to their brilliant start under David Moyes last season. Can they open their Premier League account against a well-drilled Brighton side that won against Manchester United and shared the spoils with Newcastle?

West Ham

West Ham was left shell-shocked at the City Ground last Sunday as Nottingham Forest snatched a 1-0 win. A bustling Nottingham Forest crowd that witnessed Premier League football for the first time in 23 years would have made it difficult for any team to play their best football, but even that’s not a good enough excuse to justify the subpar football West Ham produced.

Declan Rice missed a golden opportunity to restore parity in the second half, but Dean Henderson kept out his effort. Other than Said Benrahma, none of West Ham’s attacking assets managed to impress. Gianluca Scamacca, West Ham’s £30.5 summer signing, cut an isolated figure after coming on for Antonio. However, David Moyes’s men take inspiration from their 3-1 midweek win over Viborg in the Europa Conference League. Scamacca scored in his full-West Ham debut before Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio got their names on the scoresheet.

Lukasz Fabianski will return to West Ham after making way for Alphonse Areola in the Conference League clash with Viborg. Thilo Kehrer is expected to partner Kurt Zouma at defence while Angelo Ogbonna is yet to get ready for first team action. Craig Dawson is on the brink of a return, but the Brighton game should come too soon for him. Nayef Aguerd will not be back before the World Cup.

Brighton

After a fantastic victory at Old Trafford, Brighton played out a goalless draw at home with Newcastle to stay unbeaten in the Premier League. The Seagulls, however, could have taken more from the Newcastle game as they had the better opportunities. Solly March almost put the hosts ahead, but Kieran Trippier made a goalline clearance to keep the score unchanged.

Brighton has been a joy to watch in the first two games of the season under Graham Potter. They are producing a lot of chances through their fast, one-touch football. But wasteful finishing denied them a win against Newcastle. If Brighton can be more clinical in front of goal against West Ham, it’s quite unlikely they will return empty-handed from the London Stadium.

Jakub Moder remains the only long-term absentee in the Brighton camp. So, Potter can deploy the same teams he picked against Man United and Newcastle.

Our Prediction

Brighton walk into this tie in better form, but it will be difficult to rule out West Ham, who will be desperate for points in front of their home support. Our top football betting tips experts are expecting a draw in this fixture. The final scoreline could be West Ham 1:1 Brighton.

Our Tip

Draw @ 3.56

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