Preview - Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United 06 October 18

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Match Day 8
Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Amex Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion:   
Last five matches form: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (4)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: L L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.74
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautović (4)

It's to the South Coast to which we head for the first game on the slate of action on Match Day 8 in the Premier League, as Manuel Pellegrini's improving West Ham united side travel to take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton came out well on top in this fixture last season, winning 3-1 at home and 3-0 at the London Stadium.

Brighton look set to be without key midfield man Pascal Gross for this game. He will be a big miss in the centre of the park. Winston Reid, Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sánchez and Manuel Lanzini are all confirmed absentees for the Hammers, for whom Chicarito also faces a late fitness test.

Brighton have just the one win to their name this season, but it did come here at the Amex when mastering Manchester United. They can be a tough nut to crack on home soil having avoided defeat in eight of their last ten.

West Ham started the season very slowly but are really beginning to find their stride now having beaten Manchester United and Everton and drawn with Chelsea in their last three games.

Gross looks a big miss for Brighton and we see them coming up short here against a West Ham Side who have come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 2 West Ham United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  7 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 2 - 9
Possession: 37% - 63%

Shane Duffy, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Beram Kayal were all booked for the home side in this one with referee Kevin Friend also taking the names of Marko Arnautovic and Robert Snodgrass of West Ham.

Going on their recent form, West Ham could have been expected to take control of this game in a similar manner to which they did against Manchester United last weekend. As the Old Trafford club found to their cost earlier in the season though, the Seagulls are a tough not to crack on their own patch.

It was the home side who started the brighter here, playing an extremely high energy game and simply never allowing the Hammers to settle.

Brighton got the reward for their positive start in the 25th minute and it was that man Glenn Murray - so often the bane of West Ham in the past - who grabbed the goal. Not for the first time West Ham lost the ball when dithering in midfield. Beram Kayal being played down the left flank and doing really well to make space to provide an excellent low cross into the area. Murray on hand to finish with a side foot volley from around six yards.

And that turned out to be the only goal of the game as in truth West Ham rarely seriously threatened for all that they did come out ahead in the possession and shots statistics.

If Brighton are to avoid flirting with relegation again this term these are just the type of results they are going to need at home. They move up to 13th spot on the back of this win. West Ham sit in 15th as their recent revival ground to a halt on the south coast.

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