Kick-off: 1415, 27/12/2020
Stadium: London Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
West Ham and Brighton have drawn their last three head-to-head encounters and another close contest looks on the cards at London Stadium.
The Hammers are seven places and nine points higher up the Premier League table, but that is partly because Albion have been involved in a division-high six stalemates.
We’re going with 23/10 for the Seagulls to share the spoils again here for our first West Ham vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw on home turf by Crystal Palace and then fell to a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on Monday night.
That scoreline at Stamford Bridge was a bit harsh on the Hammers, who had a fair share of possession and more than held their own for large parts of the match.
Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen had goals ruled out, but the lack of a cutting edge from United was a concern.
“We had our chances and did a lot of good things, but not enough good things in either box when it mattered,” admitted David Moyes.
“I thought it was a really big test for us. For long periods we did plenty of good things, but not enough.”
The continued absence of Michail Antonio has put pressure on Sebastien Haller to perform up front, but he still lacks consistency.
These teams do usually bring the best out of each other from an attacking point of view, though, with 12 goals scored in the past three meetings.
That makes 10/11 for over 2.5 to be netted this weekend stand out from the West Ham vs Brighton odds.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Balbuena, Coufal, Ogbonna, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Haller.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton failed to capitalise on what seemed a couple of winnable fixtures when only drawing away to Fulham and at home against Sheffield United.
Albion went behind versus the Blades on 63 minutes despite their visitors having been reduced to 10 men before the break.
Danny Welbeck rescued a point late on, but that result left them only two above the relegation zone.
The Seagulls have won only one of their previous 12 league fixtures and found the net just eight times in their last 10 outings.
However, Graham Potter said: “It’s an area we want to keep improving in, but I think the goals will come. I believe in the players.
“The hardest thing in the game to do is to score and that’s why we have to keep supporting the players – we have to make them feel they can.”
We’re hoping this contest will open up and 12/1 for a 2-2 draw completes our West Ham vs Brighton betting tips.
Last Brighton line-up: Sanchez, White, Webster, Dunk, Veltman, Bissouma, Lallana, March, Connolly, Maupay, Trossard.
Chelsea 3-0 WEST HAM
BRIGHTON 1-1 Sheff Utd – Danny Welbeck
Head-to-head: West Ham 3-3 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 West Ham, West Ham 2-2 Brighton, Brighton 1-0 West Ham, Brighton 3-1 West Ham, West Ham 0-3 Brighton
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