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03/02/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm V Amex Stadium

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

In a sentence: Brighton face West Ham this weekend, with both sides hoping to improve on their midweek draws.

Last time: The reverse fixture saw a comprehensive Brighton win, thanks to a double from Glenn Murray and a strike from outside the box from Jose Izquedo.

This time: Brighton are 5/4 to win, West Ham 23/10 and a drawis 2/1.

You might remember: West Ham thrashing this weekend’s opponents in a Championship encounter between the sides, back in 2012. Riccardo Vaz Te scored a hattrick, with goal from Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole and an own goal from Gary Dicker sealing a 6-0 victory for the Hammers.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Glenn Murray will have to continue finding the net to keep Brighton out of danger as the season draws to its end

Having started the season well, Brighton are sitting just one point clear of the relegation zone, somewhere West Ham have got to know over the course of the season. This game is a must win for the Seagulls, but face a Hammers side in fine form.

Brighton are 5/4 to win, and have only lost at home to Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea so far this season. With West Ham’s decimated squad, they should be able to improve on their last result and will be looking for a win.

West Ham are 23/10 to win, which looking a the sides’ respective form seems strange. Of course, the odds take into account David Moyes’ lack of available first team players, but a lot can be said for momentum, which should keep the Hammers’ confidence high.

A draw is 2/1, and the majority of Brighton’s home results have ended with honours even. Moyes would likely be happy with a point this weekend, and a point for Chris Hughton should keep him free of the drop zone.

Predicted Score: Brighton 1 - 1 West Ham

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Joao Mario. The new signing from Inter Milan impressed in his first game for the club. A versatile player able to play across the midfield, Mario will be one of West Ham’s main attacking threats and looks tempting at 16/1 to score first.

2

We fancy:

A 1-1 draw with Glenn Murray to score first at 20/1. Murray is Brighton’s key man in front of goal and a draw would be a decent result for both sides.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Leonardo Ulloa to score two or more at 16/1. The new signing from Leicester will be desperate to prove himself, and may get a chance against a weakened West Ham defence.

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Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.