Brighton vs West Ham Premier League
Now guaranteed a fifth consecutive Premier League (PL) season, Brighton will be optimistic despite winning just one of their last six matches (D2, L3). Losing to the Wolves last time out, having led, Brighton, have now dropped 23 joint league points from winning positions this season. However, the games remain incredibly even, with only three of his last 34 competitive outings with a margin of victory of more than one goal.
The ‘Seagulls’ have been flying high at home lately, only losing two of their last eight games (W3, D3, L2). Their 2-0 win over a dangerous Leeds side was their seventh clean sheet at home of the season, only Chelsea and Manchester City can claim better records.
A losing streak in form (W1, L3) means a coveted Champions League spot is almost out of reach for West Ham, although qualification for the Europa League remains a great possibility. Each of those three recent losses was by one-goal margins, but entertainment levels have still been good this season, with 62.86% of their games, the highest in the league, scoring over 2.5 goals.
Starting as favorites may be suitable for West Ham, as they have a 66.67% win rate (W4, D1, L1) on the road in such games. They have also been involved in some back and forth affairs this season, as a joint league-high of 41.18% of their travels saw both teams at the net in the first half.
A fourth consecutive H2H draw on the backhand means the ‘Hammers’ have never beaten Brighton in seven PL attempts. With an average of 3.43 goals in those games (goals in the second half: 66.67%), the goals seem assured.
Players to score: Brighton’s Pascal Groß has two goals and three assists in his six games against West Ham, who have never lost this season when Jesse Lingard scores the first goal (W3, D1).
Interesting stats: Brighton has won the most corners in 14 of PL’s 17 home games this season, winning 6.82 and conceding 3.00 on average.
Prediction: Brighton  vs  West Ham