West Ham v Brighton – 101 Great Goals prediction: West Ham 2-1 Brighton
If Brighton’s away form is anything to go by, the newly-promoted side will struggle on Friday.
West Ham have been leaking goals this season but should still claim the three points.
West Ham v Brighton betting tips
Back the shock Brighton away win at 4/1 while the draw is 5/2.
Amazing 18/1 odds are available for Michail Antonio to score anytime & West Ham to win 2-1.
Brighton’s Pascal Gross to score the first goal of the game is 12/1.
West Ham v Brighton: Premier League preview
Friday night football returns this week as West Ham United host Brighton & Hove Albion at the London Stadium.
The two sides are 15th and 14th in the table respectively and are separated only by goal difference.
With the rest of the pack only playing in the following days, a win for either side would move them up into the top half of the table.
West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley last weekend, and finished the match with 10 men. Michail Antonio opened the scoring for the Hammers but Chris Wood equalised late on.
West Ham are in relatively decent form, having won four and drawn two of their last eight matches in all competitions, although only Crystal Palace and Stoke City have conceded more than Slaven Bilic’s side this season.
Brighton are yet to win away from home this season, but will take confidence from last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
Chris Hughton’s side were unlucky not to win the match. Anthony Knockaert looked to have claimed all three points for Brighton late on, before Wayne Rooney converted from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time.
West Ham team news v Brighton: Carroll suspended
Andy Carroll is suspended after being sent off for two different elbowing offenses last time out.
Javier Hernandez is a doubt with a muscular problem, meaning Diafra Sakho could start up front.
James Collins injured his ankle against West Brom and is expected to miss out.
Brighton team news v West Ham: Duo return
Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock returned from lengthly injury layoffs to feature for the under-23s on Monday.
Friday’s game is likely to come too soon for the pair, meaning Baldock won’t face his former club.
Shane Duffy will face a late fitness test for a groin strain. The defender limped off vs Everton but Hughton is confident that he’ll be fit in time.
Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown could start up front as Tomer Hemed serves the final game of his three-match ban.
Markus Suttner and Gaetan Bong will battle it out for the left-back spot.