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Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Bromwich Albion FC, free match prediction 26 Oct 2020

26 Oct 2020 | 23:00 | Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium
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Big match near the bottom for struggling Brighton & West Brom

  • Both sides have suffered three defeats in their opening five matches
  • They have two of the weakest defensive records this season
  • Either team would be grateful for points

Brighton to win 2-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC Match Preview & Analysis

Brighton will be disappointed with their results so far this season, especially as they are on the whole a better side than last year. 

As has been much discussed, their controversial defeat to Manchester United could have easily gone the other way and they have started to dominate matches in midfield which also gives you a chance to pick up points.

They are certainly better than their current position suggests and it could take a fixture like this to kick them into gear. 

West Brom have shown glimpses of quality in matches, such as going 3-0 up before half time in their game against Chelsea. 

But overall, they have struggled to find their way to goal and picking up points will be tough for them this season unless they can create more chances.

Both sides are desperate for points.

Teams Preview

Brighton & Hove Albion Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLLLD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Will see this as a big chance for three points

     Are better than their position suggests

Reasons to be fearful:

     Will be without captain Dunk through suspension

     Must become tighter at the back

Brighton could, and perhaps should, be several places higher up the table and are probably a little unfortunate to be lurking down in 16th place.

That said, based on their performances, there is some improvement upon last season and if they can translate that into points, they should see themselves rise up the table.

Neal Maupay is looking sharp in front of goal for them, with four goals and an assist from his five appearances so far. Leandro Trossard always looks lively in midfield.

With West Brom without a win so far this season, Brighton will see this as a big chance to put three extra points on the board.

Star Man – Neal Maupay

Keeps popping up with goals for Brighton – unfortunately, his defence can’t keep a clean sheet

West Bromwich Albion FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLDLD

Reasons to be cheerful

     Showed promise without scoring against Burnley

     Ivanovic looks to have made a difference

Reasons to be fearful 

     Haven’t won a game all season

     Failed to score in three of their five games

After conceding so many goals already this season, it will have been comforting to have keep a clean sheet in their last game against Burnley, albeit not finding the net themselves.

In truth, West Brom have been poor in their opening five matches, with their first half performance against Chelsea the only real positive in an otherwise disappointing start.

Hal Robson-Kanu being out injured for some time doesn’t help matters either – the Baggies had relied on his ability to impact the game coming off the bench.

Instead, young Diangana Grady, from West Ham, has been left to lead the line. He is energetic and pacey, but lacks the experience to lead a relegation survival.

Securing the transfer of Branislav Ivanovic, once of Chelsea, could be a great signing. He already looks like he’s added a solid presence to the back four.

Star Man – Grady Diangana

Looks most likely to pop up with a goal for West Brom, something which they desperately need

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC Winning Prediction

     Brighton will be favourites for three points

     Their strength in midfield should control the game

     West Brom need to improve greatly

West Brom started the weekend just outside of the bottom three, but could well end up there before their match if results don’t go their way.

You feel that a battle for relegation is on the cards for the rest of the season, but it is matches against those around them at the bottom, like Brighton are currently, that will determine their success.

Brighton should have enough quality to press for victory here.

Brighton to win 2-0

Author: Ross B.