West Ham United will play host to Brighton & Hove Albion in each team’s third game of the English Premier League season. Based on the results, the teams seem to be trending in opposite directions. Both will be looking to finish above mid-table based on last season’s results, and Brighton seems primed to do so while West Ham has disappointed fans.
West Ham Reeling
West Ham United has possibly overachieved in the last two seasons, cracking into European play after being in a relegation battle three years ago. Through the first two rounds, West Ham has failed to secure any points.
West Ham is the only Premier League team that has yet to score a goal. Playing their first game against reigning champion Manchester City did not help the Hammers. Their second game was against recently promoted Nottingham Forest. Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson was fantastic, and West Ham had chances, but couldn’t finish in a 1-0 loss.
In the preseason, West Ham scored eight goals in seven games, which is alarming for a top-level Premier League team. It is a surprise as last season’s top three players in goals and assists are still with the team. In the summer transfer window, West Ham also added forwards Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca. West Ham spent over $60 million combined on both players, and thus far they have totaled 60 minutes.
Brighton Capitalizing on Success
After being a team that was often just outside a relegation battle, Brighton & Hove Albion jumped to ninth place last season. This season is all about capitalizing on the success from 2021-22 and beginning to become a consistent team in the top half of the Premier League.
Due to last season’s success, some of Brighton’s key players were poached by the bigger clubs in the Premier League. Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma left for clubs competing in the Champions League. Both players played prominent roles in Brighton’s defense that allowed the sixth-fewest goals last season.
In the season opener, Brighton’s defense showed out against Manchester United, winning 2-1. Brighton seemingly dominated the historic club in an important game for the new regime at Man United. They then drew 0-0 with Newcastle United, but it was another strong game for Brighton.
West Ham vs Brighton Head-to-Head
Last season, Brighton won their second game 3-1 after the teams drew in their first meeting. West Ham has not won a game between the sides in their last 10 matchups, though they have finished higher in the table than Brighton most years.
The last time West Ham beat Brighton was in 2012, when both teams were in the EPL Championship.
West Ham vs Brighton Game Information
- Game: West Ham (0-0-2) vs Brighton (1-1-0)
- Location: London Stadium, London
- Day/Time: Sunday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. ET
- West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion Live stream: fubo.tv
West Ham vs Brighton Betting Lines
West Ham vs Brighton Prediction
West Ham has started their season slowly and lost what should have been their “get right” game. Brighton has carried over their good form from last season and has demonstrated they will be a tough team to play, despite losing talent. They also haven’t lost in their previous four away games.
Brighton has been consistently good against West Ham. The game should still be close and low scoring, with Brighton edging West Ham.
Score Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1, West Ham United 0