The AMEX Stadium will see Brighton face off against West Ham United on Saturday, with the game set to start at 3pm. Right now, Brighton occupy fourth spot having beaten Watford away from home on the opening weekend, while the Hammers were torn apart by Manchester City and are placed at last position, with the worst goal difference in the entire league.
Brighton were fantastic in every aspect of their win over Watford on Saturday, thoroughly deserving of three points and three goals. At the back, Lewis Dunk showed everyone while Brighton were desperate to keep him unless a massive bid came in with a commanding display which saw him assist Neal Maupay for the third of the afternoon. Abdoulaye Doucoure hit into his own net before that to open proceedings, and striker Florin Andone put his name in the mind of manager Graham Potter with a goal just ten minutes after coming on for Glenn Murray.
To say West Ham were outclassed in the second half would be an understatement. While they began the match well, pressing City and having a real go at their back-line, in the end the champions proved too powerful for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Gabriel Jesus struck home thanks to a fantastic run and cross from Kyle Walker, followed by a goal through the legs of goalkeeper Fabianski from Raheem Sterling. Fans were cheering for VAR when Sterling was denied an assist and Jesus a second due to a close offside call, but they weren’t so in favour of the referee when Aguero’s missed penalty had to be retaken due to Fabianski coming off his line.
James Tilley, Yves Bissouma, Jason Steele and Jose Izquierdo are doubts due to their respective injury problems for Brighton, while Ezequiel Schelotto should make a comeback sooner rather than later. Their defense looks very solid right now, and although this is likely to be Dunk’s final campaign at the club, he’s already showing qualities that may keep his team up again this year. Shane Duffy has also played well, with goalkeeper Mat Ryan making some vital saves on the opening Saturday to maintain a clean sheet for the defenders and himself.
Felipe Anderson was hoping this season would be his time to light up England’s top flight, however a thigh injury against Manchester City may have ruled him out of this one. Mark Noble is also struggling with a thigh issue. Pellegrini needs to sort out his defence if they’re to compete in 2019/20, as too many of their back-four were off the pace versus City. Aaron Creswell couldn’t keep up with Walker or Mahrez down the right, and Issa Diop and Balbuena were terrible throughout more or less the entire ninety minutes, with better necessary from them in this one.
Following their huge margin of victory last weekend, Brighton will be brimming with belief and confidence that they can see off this West Ham side with ease. The Hammers were horrendous at the back, and with strong attackers such as Murray and Andone in the opposition ranks they’ll find it hard to keep a clean sheet. That’s why we’re going for Andone to score anytime @ 3.10 as our first tip for this meeting. It wouldn’t have been the case before the season started, but the visiting team are no longer the favourites to come away with three points here. The odds are slightly in favour of Brighton @ 2.50 to win, which is our second tip due to the fact they’re on cloud nine, whereas West Ham are struggling badly.