Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Brighton v West Ham and provides us with his best bets for Fridays televised clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.

Brighton v West Ham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 05/10/18
  • Time: 20:00pm
  • Venue: Amex Stadium
  • Channel: SkySports Football

We have a rare foray into premier league Friday night football to look forward to this weekend. It promises to be an interesting encounter with little to separate the sides in the betting markets.

Brighton tend to do most of their good work at their Sussex base and they'll be hoping to add to that here. Chris Hughton has openly admitted that his focus is on picking up points against teams in and around his Seagulls side, the same as last year, in order to survive another season in the English top flight. Their lack of offensive threat is apparent when they're on the road however these kind of games at home is where they'll be targeting 3 points you'd think.

Albion aren't in any kind of form though, winless in 6 and only 1 win this season at home to Manchester United. On the other hand, they have notched in their 3 home games this term against United, Spurs and Fulham. I fancy them to get on the scoresheet here against a West Ham side that have kept just one clean sheet so far this season.

Hammers have seen a turn up in performances in the last few weeks and results have followed. Attackers Felipe Anderson, Andrey Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic are showing signs of strong link-up play and they're all powerful players going forward. It's no surprise to see the East London outfit being chipped in over the past few days, it's taken this match up from a quarter-ball game to a scratch one on the asian handicap lines.

Team News

Brighton are once again without Pascal Groß. Dale Stephens could return but Florian Andone is not yet at full fitness.

West Ham are without long term absentees Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid. Javier Hernandez and Carlos Sanchez are also doubts.

Potential Brighton Starting XI: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Propper, Stephens, March, Bissouma, Knockaert, Murray.

Potential West Ham Starting XI: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Obiang, Anderson, Yarmolenko, Arnautovic.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Brighton have seen over 2.5 goals land in 6 of their last 7 games.
  • Brighton have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 premier league games.
  • West Ham have seen BTTS land in their two wins this season.

The Verdict

Given Brighton's consistent scoring record at home I think they will bag here against a side that tends to concede. However, West Ham are the in form side of the pair and I fancy them to edge this one.

Both Teams To Score has been chalked up at 13/15 with 10bet and that looks like a good starting point. Neither team look particularly reliable at the back.

I'm also going to have a small stakes play on the Hammers to win this game 2-1 at a chunky 10/1 with SkyBet. Brighton tend to concede twice when they do and Hammers have the attacking artillery to notch a double so this looks a nice alternative way in.

Marko Arnautovic is one of the most in form strikers in the league at the minute and his running power could cause problems against Brighton's slow centre half pairing. SkyBet are a standout price at 55/1 on the Austrian scoring first in a 2-1 Hammers victory and I'll be having a wee dabble on that too.

Recommended Bets

  • Both teams to score – 13/15 (10bet)
  • 2-1 West Ham correct score – 10/1 (SkyBet)
  • Arnautovic FGS and West Ham to win 2-1 – 55/1 (SkyBet)