England Premier League
Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Kick off at 7.45pm GMT
Venue: Olympic Stadium
West Ham arguably played their poorest game of the season in losing to Burnley 2-0 last weekend. It felt like a typical West Ham loss after recent form had picked up, as they have tried to overtake Everton in the league in what feels like the past few years instead of the past few weeks. Try as they might they just can’t manage it, although that could well change this week.
The Hammers have picked up 9 points from their past 15 and that is a decent showing for them. The problem is the odd games where they are getting picked off and they have become games where you would have expected them to win. The loss to Burnley and a few weeks back the defeat at home to Watford really should have been six points. It is evident that manager Manuel Pellegrini’s team are not consistent enough and it could take a 2nd season in charge for the Chilean to make a proper impact.
It’s not been easy at home for West Ham who have lost 50% of their games and won just 40%. They also have a -2 goal difference which is another sign that there is a lot of work to be done their. At the same time, as much as 7 long term injuries have hampered the team some what. A win here could take them charging into the top 10 which would be a fantastic feat when we think of how poorly the club started this season.
Brighton beat Everton last weekend which was a great 3 points for Chris Hughton’s side. The problem is evident though, Brighton are not a very good away side. They have picked up 18 points at home and just 7 on the road. Form is decent though as before the Everton win they also drew against Arsenal. They have a good motivation to win this match on Wednesday evening because if they do they will go above their hosts.
West Ham: Fabian Balbuena has a knock and is still 50/50 to make the squad for this game. Javier Hernandez looks a major doubt to make this game after his muscle injury. Pablo Zabaleta could return after suffering an illness over the Christmas period
Brighton: Mat Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both away on international duty at the Asian Cup.
West Ham vs Brighton Head to Head:
Brighton have won the last 3 meetings against West Ham.
West Ham have not beaten Brighton since 2012 when they won the game 6-0.
West Ham vs Brighton Prediction:
West Ham don’t seem to lose two games back to back during their inform period and we will tip them to get a good win here. Brighton simply do not travel well and keep conceding goals away from home, 9 from their last 5. We can see The Hammers coming out strong for this game and getting a few goals. They are a little like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde right now, but with the chance to break into the top 10 and being at home we expect Pellegrini’s team not to let us down.
West Ham vs Brighton Betting Tips:
West Ham to beat Brighton at 1.91
Over 2.5 goals at 1.91
Anytime goalscorer at Marko Arnautovic at 2.20