EPL Betting Preview: Brighton vs West Ham United – October 5, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
When: Friday, October 5, 2018, at 03:00 PM
Where: AMEX Stadium near Brighton and Hove, England.
Odds: Brighton +160, Draw +210, West Ham +165
Quick Pick: Both teams to score – Yes -125 @ Intertops
Round 8 of the 2018-19 English Premier League is set to kick-off on Friday night local time, 5 October, when Brighton & Hove Albion will take on West Ham United at the “AMEX Stadium”. After seven rounds, both teams are neighbors in the standings, where the hosts are two points adrift of their London opponents, being winless in their last six games.
West Ham, on the other hand, will head to the East Sussex city, 47 miles south of London, after two massive victories over the past week. The Hammers are enjoying a swing in form that has allowed them to not only score goals but avoid conceding them as well.
The Seagulls have won their two Premier League encounters with West Ham last season, winning 3-0 at London and 3-1 at home.
West Ham's most recent win against Brighton dates from April 2012, when they've hammered Brighton 6-0 in-game week 43 of the 2011-12 Championship.
This game is set to take place at AMEX Stadium in Falmer, near Brighton and Hove, Sussex, with the kick-off scheduled to take place at 03:00 PM ET.
We have a really balanced matchup and the online bookies also think so. Intertops rates Brighton +160, West Ham +165, while betting odds for a draw is +210.
Brighton & Hove Albion
A 2-0 loss at Man City means The Seagulls have failed to win their last five Premier League games, losing three. At home, they have lost just once (in the EPL), that coming at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, but the welcome of a revived West Ham promises to be a tough challenge for Brighton.
Brighton & Hove Albion will kick-off the new round, having one win and two draws after seven matches. Their sole victory came, surprisingly, against Manchester United in match-week two and if they can repeat that performance, they can get a result here.
Brighton will be without key midfielder Pascal Gross when they return at home this Friday to face West Ham United. The 27-year-old German has played a pivotal role for Chris Hughton’s side, finishing last campaign with an impressive 7 goals and 8 assists. Gross featured in Brighton’s opening four Premier League games of the new season, scoring in their memorable 3-2 success over Manchester United, before injuring his ankle in the 2-2 draw against Fulham.
Chris Hughton is definitely hampered by the absence of Pascal Gross in the last couple of weeks and Brighton's boss obviously struggles to find an alternative. Summer signing Yves Bissouma, who docked in Brighton from French Lille, still fails to meet the expectations of the fans but the 22-year-old Mali international will most likely start again, playing next to Davy Propper who has more defensive responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Dale Stephens is close to returning after a hamstring problem and could replace Beram Kayal in midfield, compared to the side that started the 2-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
Top goalscorer Glenn Murray and Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo are two other potential rotations. They have both scored five of the six goals scored by Brighton against West Ham last season (Murray – 3; Izquierdo – 2), while the sixth was netted by the unavailable Gross. Murray is expected to replace Jurgen Locadia on top of the 4-1-4-1 formation, while Izquierdo competes with Solly March for the left-wing spot.
West Ham United
After an awful beginning of their campaign, losing four Premier League games in a row, The Hammers are now unbeaten in three. Even four if we count the 8-0 League Cup victory over Macclesfield Town one week ago.
Both 3-1 wins over Everton and Manchester United, as well as a clean sheet (0-0) against a well-performing Chelsea, will have undoubtedly boosted West Ham's morale. Furthermore, those results have pushed them two points above Brighton into 14th position, but the appointment of former Premier League champion Manuel Pellegrini came with an intention for a top half finish, at least.
Despite their good run lately, West Ham have won just two of their last nine away Premier League matches. Now they must be wary of facing a Brighton side that has been solid at home following their promotion last summer.
Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the upcoming visit, with Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll still sidelined. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez remains a doubt with a sickness bug and will be assessed closer to kick-off.
All in all, West Ham's boss has no reason to make any changes from the side that outplayed Manchester United last week.
Possible Starting Lineups of Brighton and West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion: Mathew Ryan – Gaetan Bong, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Martin Montoya – Dale Stephens – Solly March, Davy Propper, Yves Bissouma, Anthony Knockaert – Glenn Murray. (4-1-4-1)
West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski – Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku – Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Pedro Obiang – Andriy Yarmolenko, Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson. (4-3-3)
Both Teams Have The Willingness To Score
This is a tough one to call and while The Londoners have the wind in their sails, Brighton will try to capitalize on their home advantage. We believe that both teams will score and our betting pick is backing the relevant betting market.