EPL: West Ham vs Brighton

After losing to Man City in a “heart-to-heart”, West Ham players hope to return to the winning streak when welcoming Brighton at the Olympic home ground in the 14th round of the Premier League. In front of an opponent who is showing signs of decline in performance, 3 points is probably not a big problem for “sledgehammer” at this time.

Midfielder Manuel Lanzini’s only goal after coming on as a substitute could not help West Ham avoid a 1-2 defeat as a guest of Man City in the previous round. It is clear that before the power of the defending champion, despite trying very hard, the level of “sledgehammer” is still inferior to the opponent. It was also West Ham’s second consecutive defeat in the Premier League alone. Before that, coach David Moyes and his team were also empty-handed at Wolves when they lost 0-1. After 4 consecutive victories before, it seems that West Ham is having a bit of a problem when facing strong teams.

Currently, the Olympic Stadium team is still in 4th place in the standings after bringing back 23 points through 13 rounds. However, their distance to Arsenal is just behind the goal difference. Two consecutive defeats have left West Ham 5 points behind third-placed Liverpool, and they may be further relegated if they do not win the Brighton clash. Returning to the home field brings a lot of advantages to West Ham, when the last 2 times they welcomed guests, they won. Even defeating West Ham’s generals in the two matches mentioned above was Tottenham and Liverpool.

The away team Brighton kicked off the Premier League this season very sublime and won 4/5 opening rounds. At that time, “Seagull” always got a position in the leading group. However, since the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, teacher and coach Graham Potter’s team has dropped dramatically. In the last 9 appearances in a row in all competitions, Brighton did not win but drew 7 and lost 2. The last time that Brighton had joy took place at the end of September against Swansea in the English League Cup. In the Premier League alone, the away team drew 3 and lost 2 in the last 5 rounds. Even at home, Brighton went through a series of 4 games without a win.

On the away front, the last 5 trips away from home Brighton also only knew draw and loss. More alarming when the last 2 outings of Brighton’s attack were empty. In terms of head-to-head record, the last time Brighton lost to West Ham was in 2012, when both teams were playing in the Championship. However, all 5 recent meetings have ended in a draw. After a total of 9 away matches against West Ham in the past, Brighton only won 2 of them. Having been in bad form for a long time, it is difficult for Brighton to have a point to leave the Olympic stadium.

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