2019-20 Premier League: Week Two – Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United

After experiencing two contrasting results last weekend, Brighton & Hove Albion meet West Ham United at the AMEX Stadium. 

This match will also see Graham Potter make his competitive home debut as Brighton manager, having made a winning start last weekend away at Watford.

 

Team news

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Brighton have no fresh injury concerns to report as Jose Izquierdo (knee), Yves Bissouma (shoulder) and Ezequiel Schelotto (knee) all remain ruled out. 

West Ham is set to have Jack Wilshire available after he was subbed off against Manchester City last weekend with a dead leg. 

Felipe Anderson was also subbed but with a thigh injury so will face a late fitness test along with Mark Noble, who had a similar issue which kept him off the team sheet. 

 

Form

Brighton come into this game off the back of a 3-0 win at Watford last weekend, in which Neal Maupay scored on his debut with their third goal. 

West Ham meanwhile were crushed 5-0 by Manchester City as Raheem Sterling netted a hat-trick whilst Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero also got themselves onto the scoresheet.

 

Stat Attack

  • Brighton are unbeaten in four Premier League meetings with West Ham, although their three match winning run was ended in January with a 2-2 draw at the Olympic Stadium (W3, D1).
  • Glenn Murray has scored three goals in four appearances for Brighton against the Hammers, although just one of those three goals came after half-time.  
  • Brighton have scored first in all four Premier League meetings so far with three of the opening goals coming from Glenn Murray. 
  • West Ham have lost both of their last two opening away games of a new season by 4-0 results. 
  • Sebastian Haller of West Ham completed 88.6% of his 35 passes against Manchester City, whilst Brighton’s Florian Andone completed just 50% of his six passes against Watford. 

 

Prediction

Despite being slow away starters for the past two seasons, West Ham need an immediate response to last weekend’s disastrous performance because wins over teams like Brighton could be crucial in their search for seventh come the end of this season. 

Graham Potter’s Seagulls however are re-energised all over the pitch and look dangerous when given space to clinically finish their shots, making this a tough game to call so a draw would be a solid result. 

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

Result: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham United

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