Brighton vs West Ham: Seagulls outsiders to end poor run with win
Brighton made a fantastic start to their first season back in the second tier, opening with five wins in their first six games.
However, things have gone drastically wrong since a 1-0 defeat against Leicester in mid-September which has seen them go on a run of six games without a victory.
West Ham are the visitors to the Falmer Stadium this evening and the odds suggest another miserable evening for the Seagulls…
There are eight places separating West Ham and Brighton in the Championship table, but only two points.
A win for Gus Poyet’s side would see them climb above fourth placed West Ham, but the south coast side are out at 2/1 to get their first victory in seven games.
Meanwhile, the Hammers have been brilliant away from home in the Championship, having gone undefeated in their opening five games on the road before a 1-0 defeat at top of the table Southampton last week.
With Sam Allardyce’s men boasting the second best away record in the league, backing them to get the win at 11/8 could be well worth a punt.
West Ham have the second best attacking away record in the division and have stuck four goals on both Watford and Nottingham Forest on their travels this term.
With Brighton having the 20th worst home defence in the league, West Ham will fancy their chances of hitting the net.
Combined with the fact that Brighton have only failed to score once in their previous nine competitive home games, backing over 2.5 goals at 8/11 could be well worth backing.
Finally, Sam Baldock bagged two in West Ham’s 4-0 thrashing of Blackpool a fortnight ago and he can be backed at 5/1 to get the first goal this evening.