Hammers to keep Seagulls grounded

Chris Hughton

Friday night football is on the agenda this week and the clash between West Ham and Brighton will appear winnable to both sides.

The Hammers were perhaps fortunate to draw 1-1 last weekend at Burnley while the Seagulls had the same scoreline against Everton.

However, both could have sealed all three points were it not for the wayward elbows of both Andy Carroll and Bruno.

Slaven Bilic’s future remains one of the hot topics in the Premier League, but despite his popularity amongst the supporters, the uncharacteristic silence from the boardroom does not bode well.

West Ham have developed a talent for shooting themselves in the foot this season, but have looked largely solid at home and with them already beating Huddersfield and Swansea, punters may look to use their WestHamvBrightonFreeBet to back the home win at 5/6.

Brighton’s first foray into the Premier League has been solid if unspectacular to date and Chris Hughton’s reputation for making the most of scant resources continues to grow.

They should have beaten Everton on Sunday, only for Bruno to stupidly elbow Dominic Calvert-Lewin in his own penalty area. The Spaniard escaped further punishment though and will be looking to make amends in Stratford.

Brighton are still to win away from home this season and that is perhaps reflected in their price of 15/4 while the draw can be found at 49/20.

However, despite being somewhat frustrating at the London Stadium, West Ham will be confident going into the game. With Brighton’s lack of goals also in mind, consider the 29/20 on offer for the home win to zero.

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