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Brighton out to continue fine start against West Ham side searching for first points
West Ham 1-1 Brighton
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, London StadiumBet Now
There is no surprise at seeing Brighton currently in 8th place, considering how well they play their organised and attractive brand of football.
They were superb as they beat Manchester United on the opening day of the season and only had themselves to blame for missing the chances to clinch another victory against Newcastle.
Coming into this match unbeaten, you would back Graham Potter’s side to claim something here, too. They are now a team that no one looks forward to playing against and are very hard to beat.
The main surprise is seeing West Ham in 19th place, with zero points and no goals following their two defeats. The Hammers had a difficult pre-season with plenty of injuries. You would expect them to turn a corner soon.
It’ll be a tight game here.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Midweek European win should provide some confidence
New signing Kehrer can add solidity at the back
Reasons to be fearful:
Forward players need to kick into gear
Poor record against Brighton
Surprisingly, West Ham haven’t been Brighton in 10 attempts since the latter secured promotion to the Premier League in 2017.
Brighton are a tricky side to play against, but West Ham must find their feet at some point if they are to get themselves out of this rut.
They made two positive steps this week, however. The first was signing Thilo Kehrer from PSG, who can slot straight in at the back. He’ll hope to steady the line in defence.
Secondly, they claimed their first win of the season, albeit in a qualifier for the Europa Conference League. Still, it’ll provide them with some confidence ahead of this weekend’s fixture.
They desperately need something from this game, otherwise heads may start to drop.
Star Man – Gianluca Scamacca
West Ham’s big money signing scored his first goal in the midweek European win. He is yet to start in the league, but should do this weekend following West Ham’s problems in front of goal.
Reasons to be cheerful
Positive record over West Ham
Playing great football right now
Reasons to be fearful
Will fear a West Ham recovery
Poor finishing cost them three points against Newcastle
Graham Potter can do no wrong in the view of many football fans, having taken Brighton from the Championship to a respectable Premier League club with very little money spent in the transfer market.
They have only made two first-team signings so far this summer, although neither has featured as of yet. It is Potter’s existing squad that continues to perform so well, performing to his high standards in every game.
If Brighton are to achieve a higher finish than 9th last season, their highest ever, they will need to show greater consistency, particularly when it comes to scoring goals.
They wasted too many chances against Newcastle last weekend, and should have ended up winning the game comfortably.
They are likely to have chances again this weekend, but unless they take them they won’t earn anything from the game.
Star Man – Danny Welbeck
Welbeck has never been the most prolific striker, but his pace can always stretch teams. He’ll have an important job here, occupying West Ham’s defenders while their midfielders work their magic.
Should be an entertaining game
Both sides will create chances
First goal could be crucial
Neither side is known for scoring large numbers of goals, so it’s likely to be a tight game at the London Stadium.
West Ham are desperate to pick up their first points of the season, while Brighton will feel they have the energy and confidence to play their way through their opponents.
As always, the first goal will be crucial. If Brighton go in front, it may be difficult for West Ham to claw their way back into it.
In a tight game, a draw is likely.
West Ham 1-1 Brighton
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