After spending big during the summer transfer window and bringing in eight new faces to the Amex, Brighton find their confidence arguably at the highest it has been in recent memory.
Securing a 3-0 win away at Watford in their Premier League opener, the Seagulls have continued to shine under new boss Graham Potter and have their sights firmly set on landing a top-half finish this time around.
Sadly for fans in East London, West Ham endured a very different opening afternoon last weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men suffered a 5-0 hammering at home to Manchester City last Saturday and find themselves at the foot of the table before their trip to the Amex.
You will also be interested to know that Brighton have won back-to-back matches against the Hammers on the South Coast and a similar result can be found at 29/20 with Ladbrokes.
The high-flying Seagulls
Although many on the South Coast were shocked to see Chris Hughton end his tenure at the Amex, Brighton have really started to catch the eye under new boss Graham Potter.
Labelling their 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road as a “dream start”, the former Swansea manager has seen his side secure three wins on the bounce, including a 2-1 victory over Spanish giants Valencia in their final pre-season appearance.
Now priced as low as 1/4 with Betfair to extend their Premier League status come May, one man who could be handed his first start of the season is summer recruit, Neal Maupay.
Bagging 25 Championship goals before making a £20million move to the Amex this summer, the former Brentford ace bagged a debut goal at Watford last weekend and is pencilled in at 2/1 with Bet365 to once again find the net on Saturday.
West Ham’s defensive struggles
On the flip side, after suffering their worst defeat since they moved to the London Stadium, West Ham are desperate to avoid a similar start that saw them lose each of their opening four matches last season.
Shipping five against the defending champions in their Premier League opener, the Hammers have shipped two or more goals in each of their previous three appearances and it is also worth noting that they recorded just a single away clean sheet in 2019.
Although Manuel Pellegrini’s side do have their sights set on securing a European return, their shaky start has seen those ambitions take a dent with the bookmakers.
Saturday’s guests are priced at 13/2 with Skybet to land a top-six finish, behind the likes of Everton, Leicester, and Wolves.
While the West Ham boss might have a defensive dilemma on his hands, it appears that Spanish starlet Pablo Fornals could be handed his first start in Claret and Blue.
With Jack Wilshere handed yet another injury scare and unlikely to feature this weekend, the 23-year-old will likely partner Declan Rice and returning skipper Mark Noble.
Betting tip: Brighton win – 29/20 @ Ladbrokes