Brighton – West Ham SOCCER PICKS
Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United meet at The American Express Community Stadium, in a match for the 8th round of the Premier League. There is only record of 2 recent direct matches between these two teams: on 03-02-2018, which ended with the victory of Brighton & Hove Albion by (3-1), and on 20-10-2017, which ended with victory of Brighton & Hove Albion for (0-3). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Brighton & Hove Albion presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
Brighton & Hove Albion:
The home team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 5 points won, after 1 win, 2 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Tottenham Hotspur, by (1-2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Manchester City, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Brighton & Hove Albion has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3.
For this competition, he does not win 5 games ago. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 7 games for this competition. In the last 5 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have suffered 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘) and 3 of their 7 goals between (76′-90’).
The Brighton enters this unmotivated day, after a foreign snub, by 2-0, in the visit to the land of Manchester City. The team of the house usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, privileging the fast transitions, mainly through the wings, being that the three most advanced players are March, Locadia and Knockaert. In any case, the home club also gets to practice soccer possession, progressing on the field through short passes. One of the great valences of the local team is the effective way to get to defend the set pieces. The home coach should not be able to count on Pascal Gross, for being injured.
West Ham United:
The away team is currently in the 13 th position of the league, with 7 points won, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied at home against Chelsea with (0-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Manchester United, by (3-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches he has 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 6 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. In the last 10 away matches West Ham United has won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. The team allowed goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively
West Ham enter this round motivated, after a home win, by 3-1, in the reception to Manchester United: Felipe Anderson, Lindelof (autogol) and Arnautovic scored the goals of the victory. The foreign team must act in a tactical system in 4-3-3, with the aim of trying to take advantage of the counterattacks. In any case, it is guessed that the West Ham adopts a more defensive posture, with the objective of not granting space to its adversary. The three most advanced men will be Felipe Anderson, Yarmolenko and Arnautovic. The West Ham coach will not be able to count on Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid, for being injured.