West Ham vs Brighton – Friday 20th October 2017 – 20:00 - Sky Sports Football

West Ham

West Ham are 4/5 with Javier Hernandez at 4/1 to score first.

West Ham face Brighton at the London Stadium on the Friday Night Football, in another round of matches in the Premier League.

The Hammers come into this match in good form, despite drawing their last match 1-1 against Burnley.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead early in the first half (19), with Joe Hart assisting the frontman as he rounded the Burnley keeper Pope.

West Ham's afternoon got worse less than 10 minutes later when Andy Carroll was sent off for two bookable offences (27).

Slaven Bilic's side defended admirably for most of the match, but the one man deficit proved too much for the Hammers.

Chris Wood continued his impressive start to his Premier League career with another home goal (85), his header salvaging a point for Sean Dyche's side.

Hammers Better

Bilic was verbal in his disappointment in Andy Carroll, with the frontman's dismissal ultimately costing West Ham two vital points.

The Hammers have been in good form of late, losing just one of their last six matches, the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham.

It was a spirited display from West Ham to keep Burnley at bay for that long, that point moves them onto eight from eight matches.

Slaven Bilic's side find themselves in 15th place, with only goal difference keeping them below today's visitors Brighton.

 

Hammers Favourites

West Ham come into this match as favourites, with home advantage and their recent form taken into account.

This is a big match for the Hammers with home wins vital in moving West Ham further up the league.

The last time these sides met West Ham won 6-0, this is their first meeting in the Premier League.

West Ham

Excellent Start

Brighton come into this match on the back of a hard fought 1-1 draw against Everton in their last Premier League match.

Anthony Knockaert (82) broke the deadlock for Brighton late in the second half, seemingly giving the Seagulls a vital win.

A late Wayne Rooney penalty saved the Toffees blushes (90), with the record England and Manchester United striker salvaging a point for the visitors.

It was a poor foul from Brighton captain Bruno, who elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the face during an Everton free-kick, costing Brighton a vital two points.

 

Hard Fought

Brighton have had a tough start to their first season in the Premier League, but Chris Hughton will be delighted with how they have acquitted themselves.

They have lost three of their last six matches, with two of those defeats coming in back to back matches against Bournemouth and one against the Gunners.

Hughton's side find themselves in 14th place in the Premier League, they will be delighted if that is their finishing position.

This match against West Ham will be a tough game, with Bilic's side in great recent form.

Seagulls Underdogs

Brighton come into this match as the underdogs, with West Ham enjoying home advantage.

This will be a tough match for Hughton's men, with West Ham winning three of their last six matches.

Brighton will be looking for their fourth win overall and first in the PL against the Hammers.

Brighton are 19/5 with Glenn Murray at 8/1 to score first.

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Hernandez to score first @ 4/1

Tip 2 – West Ham to win 2-1 @ 15/2

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