Brighton and Hove Albion vs. West Ham United – English Premier League, May 15, 2021
It’s good that Fulham has already been relegated and that Brighton does not need anything from this one, as Graham Potter will be missing both Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay for the visit of West Ham.
That’s because they were both sent off in the defeat to Wolves at the weekend, severely weakening an already limited squad.
Brighton vs. West Ham Odds
BetOnline has made West Ham the favorite to come away from the south coast with all three points, but I feel that the odds are too close here.
Brighton has some very important absences to deal with, and West Ham still has a lot to play for. An away win seems on the cards.
Brighton had been looking very good against Wolves on Sunday and had taken the lead thanks to its goal-scoring captain, Lewis Dunk. The game completely changed when he was sent off just after halftime, allowing Wolves to come back into proceedings and ultimately snatch a late victory.
Luckily for Brighton, Fulham was officially relegated on Monday with a defeat to Burnley.
Dunk and Maupay will miss this one and the game against City, so that could well happen too.
West Ham will be hoping to take full advantage of a weakened and disinterested Brighton this weekend. The defeat to Everton on Sunday had seemed to end the Hammers’ hopes of Champions League soccer next season, but with Chelsea losing to Arsenal on Wednesday, the dream is still alive.
David Moyes’ team faces West Brom and Southampton after this game against Brighton, so the fixtures are on its side. Chelsea only really need one more win to send West Ham to a probable Europa League finish, but if the London club manages three points on Saturday, it will make things very interesting for the last few weeks of the season.
Brighton vs. West Ham United Betting Pick
West Ham United to Win+152
I think these odds look pretty good value, considering the needs of both clubs and who will actually be on the pitch on Saturday.
West Ham does have its own injury problems, of course. But even without Mark Noble deputizing for the absent Declan Rice, I still believe that David Moyes will be a happy man this weekend.