West Ham United vs Brighton Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

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Draw 1-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings between West Ham and Brighton.
  • Both teams have scored in 71% of Brighton’s Premier League fixtures this season.
  • Brighton drew 1-1 in four of their last six Premier League stalemates.
  • West Ham have scored exactly one goal in four of their last five Premier League home games.

West Ham’s dismal derby showing

Things have taken a turn for the worse since the start of December for West Ham, and the Irons’ dismal showing a 3-0 London derby reverse to Chelsea on Monday evening was among their worst performances of the season.

The Hammers have now won just once in four Premier League matches since the first of the month, and another poor result against Brighton on Sunday could see David Moyes’s side slip into the division’s bottom half.

Defensively, a run of just two clean sheets from their last 10 matches represents a poor return for a team thought to be well-drilled, and we expect the Irons to concede again on Sunday.

Brighton draw again

Graham Potter’s Seagulls are quickly developing into the Premier League’s draw specialists, and Albion’s tie with Sheffield United on Sunday was their second on the spin and their 6th in 10 matches overall since mid-October.

Brighton are proving a tough nut to crack this season, though turning draws into wins has proved extremely difficult.

Albion’s penchant for picking up points in singles is something that has lingered for most of 2020 – especially on the road, where the Seagulls have drawn a remarkable 50% of their Premier League fixtures since February 1st.

Goals probable at both ends

With just four and three clean sheets from 14 Premier League fixtures this season respectively, West Ham and Brighton have been putting in plenty of sub-par defensive performances this term, and we expect both ramshackle rearguards to concede again on Sunday.

Irons central defensive duo Angelo Ogbonna and Fabián Balbuena have rarely looked comfortable as a pairing, while Brighton’s three-man backline has all too often been pulled apart – something that the stats quite clearly reflect.

At the opposite end, West Ham’s record of scoring in all but two and Brighton’s run of notching in 11 of their 14 Premier League matches since the summer suggests the teams have the tools at their disposal to take a chance each on Sunday however.

It’s also worth noting that both teams have scored in four of the last five encounters between West Ham and Brighton, and the same market is favoured when the sides square off again this weekend.

The Hammers shared the spoils with Brighton in each of the teams’ last three meetings however, including both of the clubs’ Premier League skirmishes last season, and our 1-1 correct score prediction indicates the sides should be difficult to separate again.

As we touched on earlier, Brighton have become the league’s most prolific draw specialists, and having drawn 1-1 in four of their six ties since October, a similar outcome is anticipated when Albion meet an Irons outfit that registered exactly once in four of their last five home assignments.

West Ham injuries and team news

Arthur Masuaku remains sidelined for the Hammers, while Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio will be assessed a little closer to match-day.

Said Benrahma is pushing to start again for the Irons, with Mark Noble the likeliest player to miss out if the attacking midfielder comes in.

Brighton injuries and team news

Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are both still out for the Seagulls, though Graham Potter will hope to have key fullback Tariq Lamptey available for selection.

Ben White, Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster are expected to continue their partnership in Albion’s three man defence.

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