Brighton vs West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits say?

Brighton did the double over West Ham United in the 2017/18 season, with Jose Izquierdo scoring crackers in BOTH fixtures. The Hammers had different managers for their games against the Seagulls last season, with Slaven Bilic in charge when they lost 3-0 at home in October, and David Moyes in the hot seat when they were beaten 3-1 on the South Coast in February. Today Brighton boss Chris Hughton will be up against a third different West Ham manager, with Manuel Pellegrini taking his charges to the Amex for this Friday night clash.

Colombian Izquierdo has made only one appearance this season owing to a knee injury, but is expected to return for this fixture in a much needed boost for the home side, who are two points behind West Ham in the league standings. After a poor start, the Hammers have taken seven points from their last three games against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United, but a loss to the Seagulls would probably render those earlier efforts futile.

West Ham have never won away at Brighton in a top flight clash- all three previous attempts have ended in defeat. Will Pellegrini be the first Hammers manager to break this unwanted record? Let us take a look at what the pundits had to say for this fixture.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says it would be typical of West Ham “to have a stumble just as they start to get back on their feet” and has gone for a 2-1 win to Brighton. He further adds that the Seagulls under Hughton have shown an ability to get results when required and that their performance at home has been quite good, noting that they were unlucky to lose to Spurs.

His celeb opponent this weekend, DJ Chris Stark, also reckons the Hammers will lose at the Amex.

Paul Merson: Merson reckons this will be an “exciting, open” game with a few goals, and has gone for a 2-2 draw.

Michael Owen: Owen, like Merson, reckons points will be shared in this fixture.

Summary of predictions for BHAFC v WHUFC October 5, 2018:

Mark Lawrenson: Brighton 2-1 West Ham
Chris Stark: Brighton 2-1 West Ham
Paul Merson: Brighton 2-2 West Ham
Michael Owen: Will be a draw

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