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Premier League Betting Preview: Brighton vs West Ham United

August 26, 2023

Current Premier League leaders Brighton take on West Ham United at the Amex Stadium in Saturday's late kick-off.

Brighton have won their last three meetings against West Ham United - thus ending a sequence of six consecutive draws between the sides - and have also won four of their last six home matches with the East London outfit.  

All in all, The Hammers are yet to beat Brighton since the Seagull's promotion in 2017, losing six of their last 12 games (0-6-6). 

West Ham's last victory over Brighton was over a decade ago (April 2012) and it came in the Championship as the Hammers claimed a 6-0 home win at the old Boleyn Ground. 

Brighton Betting Preview (-193 at BetOnline) 

We can easily state that Brighton are one of the most effectively managed football clubs not only in England, but in the world. They have been gradually progressing over the past few years. 

While Brighton were finishing just above the bottom three in their first few seasons since they were promoted, the obvious progress became noticeable during Graham Potter’s guidance and many people, including us, were suspicious over Roberto De Zerbi's ability to build on Potter's legacy. 

However, Roberto De Zerbi's side finished sixth in the Premier League last season and thus the south coast outfit qualified for European football for the first time in the club's 122 year history. 

De Zerbi, however, lost some of his aces over the summer as Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister joined Liverpool, while Spanish goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo both joined Chelsea. 

Nonetheless, The Seagulls kicked-off the new campaign in style, with back-to-back 4-1 victories over newly-promoted Luton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jakub Moder is a long-term absentee for Brighton and Julio Enciso joins him on the sidelines as the Paraguayan international was forced off midway through the second half at Wolves last weekend. 

Up front, Danny Welbeck started Brighton's opening two games and the experienced forward might once again get the nod over Irish teenager Evan Ferguson. 

Kaoru Mitoma continued his good form for Brighton as the Japanese forward already boasts one goal and two assists in his first two appearances this season. He will arguably be a pivotal figure in Roberto De Zerbi's attacking formation this season. 

Elsewhere, Jason Steele could keep his starting spot in goal, though summer signing Bart Verbruggen is also pushing for a start. 

West Ham United Betting Preview (+480 at BetOnline)

Adjusting to life following Declan Rice's departure this summer, West Ham impressed to overcome London rivals Chelsea 3-1 last Sunday. Thus, the Hammers have picked up four points from their opening two games and will be keen to add more on their trip to the south coast this weekend.

West Ham United will be eager to extend their unbeaten run as the Hammers are set for visits to Brighton and Luton Town prior to next month's international break. David Moyes' side will face reigning champions Manchester City (home) and Liverpool (away) just after the break. 

The Europa Conference League winners are not short on funds as they reinvested to bring in several new players, who must bolster the squad.

The Hammers have just completed the transfer of Ghanaian attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who scored a hat-trick in Ajax's 4-1 Europa League playoff win at Ludogorets Razgrad on Thursday night. He became the second Ajax player to arrive at the London Stadium this summer after Mexican midfielder Edson Álvarez, who joined West Ham earlier this month. 

Moreover, West Ham have also announced the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from Bundesliga side Stuttgart as the Greece defender is set for another London spell. 

Mavropanos was tempted to join Arsenal in January 2018 but that move probably came too early in his career. The young Greek defender, back then, was always a backup option and he spent several years on loan at Stuttgart before finally signing with them last summer. 

A world-class set-piece taker, James Ward-Prowse enjoyed a brilliant West Ham debut as the midfielder delivered two assists to inspire his side's derby victory. 

Nayef Aguerd, who opened the scoring against Chelsea on Sunday, was sent off later in the match and the Moroccan defender will miss Saturday's clash against Brighton. With Aguerd suspended, Italian veteran Angelo Ogbonna is expected to start alongside Kurt Zouma at centre-back. 

Possible Starting Lineups of Brighton and West Ham United 

Brighton: Jason Steele - James Milner, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Pervis Estupiñán - Pascal Groß, Billy Gilmour - Solly March, João Pedro, Kaoru Mitoma - Danny Welbeck. (4-2-3-1) 

West Ham United: Alphonse Areola - Vladimír Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, Emerson Palmieri - James Ward-Prowse, Tomas Soucek - Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Pablo Fornals - Michail Antonio. (4-2-3-1) 

Spooky Express Betting Prediction 

Brighton and West Ham United are two of the clubs that patiently wait for next week's Europa League group stage draw. They'll kick off their European campaigns next month and both sides are looking to build on their successful starts in the Premier League. 

Both managers lost key players over the summer and the new signings are still adapting, but there were promising signs in the opening two rounds. 

Brighton, for example, have the best attacking record (8 goals) so far but they may struggle defensively and West Ham have the performers to exploit that. 

Spooky Express Free Play: Over 3.5 Goals +110 at BetOnline for 5/10 Units