Preview - Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United 17 August 19

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Match Day 2
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. West Ham United
Saturday, August 17th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: American Express Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion: 
Last five matches form: L D D L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 0.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.58
Top Scorer (18/19): Glen Murray (13)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.45
Top Scorer (18/19): Felipe Anderson (9)


Two sides who enjoyed starkly contrasting starts to the season on the opening day lock horns at the Amex this weekend as Brighton and Hove Albion play host to West Ham United.

Brighton just about held the edge in this fixture last season, winning this game 1-0 and picking up a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.

It was a fantastic start to life in the Premier League for Graham Potter as he took the Seagulls to Vicarage Road to post an authoritative 3-0 success over Watford. Watford were one of the big surprise packages in the first half of last season, will Brighton be the side to perform above expectations this time around?

The fact that West Ham lost at home to Manchester City on the opening day can hardly count as a surprise given the sheer class and quality of the City squad. To slump to a 5-0 defeat - in a game in which they never really had a look in - must nevertheless be pretty demoralising. It's a long old season though and this looks eminently more winnable - at least in theory.

West Ham undoubtedly boast the better squad on paper, but we really rate Brighton boss Graham Potter and fancy he may come up with another masterplan for this one.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 3 - 1 West Ham United

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  12 - 6
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 6
Possession:  58% - 42%

Referee Anthony Taylor reached for his pocket twice in this one, taking the names of Arthur Masuaku and Declan Rice of West Ham United.

Brighton have started well under new coach Graham Potter, and again performed with credit in this one. Purely on the stats the Seagulls were perhaps a little unfortunate not to come away with the win, but some credit must go to West Ham who put in a fairly solid display on the road and just about matched their hosts in terms of clear chances.

It was Brighton who thought they had edged ahead midway through the first half, only for Leandro Trossard's effort to be chalked off upon consultation with VAR. In truth the home side would probably have deserved a half-time lead having been much the better side in the opening 45 minutes. Goalless at the break though.

Having come so close to taking the lead, Brighton then found themselves behind in the 61st minute. Excellent work from Manuel Lanzini on the left flank, beating his man before slipping in Javier Hernandez with a perfectly weighted through ball. Chicarito finishing from around twelve yards in the left of the area. The keeper getting a hand to it but being unable to keep it out.

The Hammers lead lasted all of four minutes. Issa Diop doing well to thwart Glenn Murray on the edge of the area as the striker latched onto a ball over the top. Trossard was there to pick it up though, steadying himself before rifling into the bottom left corner from around 18 yards out and slightly to the right. Fine finish for his first goal in the Premier League. 1-1 final score.









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