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Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton are clearly in no mood to hang around. The South Coast outfit were tremendous last season, a breath of fresh air as De Zerbi added chaos and energy to the control that Graham Potter’s side had over teams. They finished in sixth place, scored just shy of two goals per game and have started this season in fine fashion with two wins and eight goals to top the table.  

They take on a West Ham side whose summer has been one of discontent from the fanbase amid reports of rifts behind the scenes between David Moyes and their new sporting director about the direction the club should go in. Despite that, and the departure of captain Declan Rice, the Hammers have drawn away at Bournemouth and toppled Chelsea – quite the response.  

Two sides about to embark on a European adventure meet in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and we are here to break down the teams, the early numbers and look at who you should back when it comes to your Brighton vs West Ham bet builder.

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BRIGHTON VS WEST HAM PREDICTED LINEUPS 

Pedro to return for Brighton 

With so many exciting options available, Roberto De Zerbi has had the luxury of being able to chop and change his XI to give people opportunities. It means that while staples of the XI such as Lewis Dunk, Pervis Estupinan and Kaoru Mitoma remain, Joao Pedro could return to play just behind Danny Welbeck while Adam Webster should start at the back.  

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Consistent selection but a change at the back for West Ham 

David Moyes is a stickler for consistency and that means he will have few qualms about sticking to a winning team. His side were excellent against Chelsea last time out and he will back the same players to do it again, meanwhile Michail Antonio will have another run up front, James Ward-Prowse will make his first away start. The only change that will be forced upon him is Angelo Ogbonna potentially stepping in for the suspended Nayef Aguerd.  

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BRIGHTON VS WEST HAM TEAM STATS 

Brighton dominating early doors 

It should perhaps be factored in that only two games have been played and Brighton have faced Luton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers, two of the weakest teams in the division. Still, they’re Premier League outfits that Brighton have scored eight goals against, had the most shots and shots on target in the league against, accrued the best xG, averaged over 60% of the ball and they’re the third-most fouled team so far. Curiously, Brighton have also picked up the joint second-most yellow cards – one to keep an eye on.  

West Ham doing what they do  

If Brighton are dominating, West Ham are playing coy. Their 31.5% possession average is amongst the lowest in the league. They have had the third-fewest corners (3.5) while conceding the most (9.5) and also sit second for most yellow cards and fouls committed. Yet, this is what West Ham do. They are comfortable sitting in, letting the opposition play, keeping the game to finer margins and making the most of their attacking outlets when they can break, so nothing to worry about – but plenty to keep an eye on regarding your Brighton vs West Ham bet builder.  

BRIGHTON VS WEST HAM PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Solly Marching towards England recognition 

Solly March has endured a topsy-turvy relationship during his time at Brighton but there is little denying how highly-rated he has been by all of his managers, perhaps owing to his professionalism and willingness to learn. He has started this season with a bang, topping the goalscoring charts with three goals from eight shots and an impressive six on target. He’s available at 3.40 to score anytime and evens to score or assist anytime – perhaps useful to know given he also takes many of Brighton’s corners.  

Captain Dunking on those that wrote him off 

What makes Dunk so impressive is that he has gone from a tall, quality defensive leader to adding a real precision and confidence in possession that is shining bright yet again this term – he averaged a whopping 99 passes in his two league games to date on the back of averaging 89.5 last term. He’s available at 1.44 to make 90 or more again.  

Estupinan no stupid left-back, man 

Brighton recently lost an Ecuador legend in the making for over £100 million yet don’t care that much because they can replace him both in terms of having ready-made midfielders and another Ecuadorian legend in the making. The ex-Watford left-back is flying this term, already having a goal to his name while managing five shots and three shots on target from left-back – he’s still 4.0 to repeat the feat on Saturday. Those all-action displays extend to his combative side – he has picked up two yellow cards and committed four fouls.  

West Ham Bowen to star man Jarrod 

Jarrod Bowen is a West Ham legend, the man who made their dreams come true with a goal in a European final and whose song has become well-known across the country – including to potential father-in-law Danny Dyer. The England man continues to be the Hammers’ main avenue of attack, smashing an impressive eight shots towards goal with three of those hitting the target and one finding the back of the net – he’s available at evens to have a shot on target.  

Ward-Prowse looking to make his mark at West Ham 

James Ward-Prowse is a low-key but impressive capture for West Ham, not a direct replacement for Declan Rice but somebody who knows the game, and should provide the team with his own brand of leadership and availability. He’s very skilled with a dead ball and has immediately taken over corner kick duties. He managed one shot in his opening performance and is available at 3.25 to score or assist anytime – he has managed double figures for goal contributions in each of his last three seasons.  

Antonio remains inevitable 

Some players continue to be reliable into their 30s and that is certainly the case for Michail Antonio, who continues to out-perform every striker brought in to replace him at West Ham. Now 33, the Jamaica international scored against Chelsea last weekend and clearly remains difficult for opponents to handle – he has been fouled four times in his 152 minutes of football. He’s also not afraid to dish it out – he has committed two fouls of his own and will fancy trying to rough up the Brighton defensive unit.  

BRIGHTON VS WEST HAM MATCHUPS TO WATCH 

Pervis Estupinan vs Jarrod Bowen 

A matchup between two key performers for either side. In the blue corner, a South American wildcard with pace to burn and a willingness to attack at every opportunity. In the claret and blue corner, an England international key to his team’s hopes of scoring goals with direct attacking play. It would be of little surprise to see Estupinan continue his one card and two foul average here, in trying to stop Bowen but he too is no angel, committing three fouls of his own in two appearances this season.  

Billy Gilmour vs Lucas Paqueta 

It is a case of – if you’re up against Lucas Paqueta, you’re probably going to be involved in a ruckus. Paqueta, who is under investigation for fraud relating to his combative nature, has started the season as he means to go on – two yellow cards, five fouls committed, four fouls drawn. His job will be to help Michail Antonio stop Brighton dictating and cutting through them from central areas so Billy Gilmour will be in the firing line. Gilmour himself hasn’t been afraid to get stuck in, committing two fouls himself.  

Solly March vs Emerson Palmieri

Brighton’s star man at present has been playing on the right-hand side of their attack and been diligent in their attacking and defensive structure, perhaps epitomised by him committing and drawing two fouls in his two appearances, to match all those shots. Emerson will be tasked with stopping the winger here and the Italian has certainly not been afraid to put his foot in, receiving two yellow cards for his troubles and committing four fouls. He’s also been fouled twice, so this could go either way.  

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Brighton vs West Ham

Calendar 26th August
Football icon kick off 17:30
Football icon Over 3.5 cards
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Brighton have averaged four yellow cards per game this season.

West Ham have averaged four yellow cards per game this season.

Football icon Jarrod Bowen 1+ Shots on Target
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Bowen has managed eight shots and three shots on target per 90 this season.

Bowen had a shot on target in eight of nine Premier League starts at end of last season.

Football icon Pervis Estupinan 1+ fouls
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Estupinan has committed four fouls in his two matches this season.

Estupinan committed 1.41 fouls per 90 last season and 1.37 and 1.85 in two seasons with Villarreal.

Football icon Emerson Palmieri 1+ fouls
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Emerson has committed four fouls in his two matches this season.

Emerson averaged 0.88 fouls per 90 last season.

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