Brighton Preview vs West Ham United


Brighton start the Premier League game-week eight when they entertain West Ham United at The Amex.

The Seagulls head into the game off the back of a 2-0 loss away to Manchester City. Whereas, West Ham head into the game fresh off beating Manchester United at home 3-1.

Team News

Brighton are set to make changes to the team that were beaten 2-0 at Manchester City. Pascal Gross is set to be fit to play on Friday.

The Seagulls will probably lineup as follows: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Kayal, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross and Murray.

This team above would see three changes all of which will not be surprising. Gross would could in for Yves Bissouma in the number ten role as without Gross, Albion lacked a creative spark.

The second change would see Jose Izquierdo replace Solly March on the left wing as when he came off the bench against City he looked to be raring to go and this is exactly the type of winger Brighton will need against such an experienced right-back in Pablo Zabaleta.

The last change would see Glenn Murray come back upfront for Jurgen Locadia, due to the fact Locadia started against City due to the pace he would have on the counter.

West Ham are set to name an unchanged side from the one that beat United last Saturday lunchtime.

The Hammers will lineup as follows: Fabianski, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Masuaku, Diop, Anderson, Rice, Noble, Obiang, Yarmolenko, Arnautovic.

It is no surprise that West Ham would name an unchanged side either after such a huge win over United. This team is also a similar one bar one player that drew with Chelsea the weekend before last.

West Ham’s Front Three Will Be Key

How the game goes for the visitors will depend on how their front three perform. Having now played together for a majority of this season in Arnautovic, Yarmolenko and Anderson.

The front three have now scored seven goals between the three of them meaning that they have produced a goal a game between the three of them.

If the front three play like they have so far this season, Brighton will have a long afternoon ahead of them. However, if one or two of them do not turn up then Brighton will have got away lightly.

The West Ham front three cost near to £75 million to assemble, compared to Brighton strike force and wingers, this means that West Ham’s front three cost over three times more than Albion’s to assemble.



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