Brighton vs. West Ham Predictions: Back another stalemate at the Amex
Following their point against title frontrunners Manchester City and Wolves' inability to grab more than a draw at home to relegated Norwich last weekend, West Ham have secured European football for another season with a game to spare.
Which competition they'll be playing in has yet to be decided, and Sunday's clash will determine either a place in the Europa League for a second consecutive campaign or a Europa Conference League debut in 2022/23.
Graham Potter and his Brighton team don't have much more than pride at stake. However, you'd be foolish to rule them out, especially as recent results have proven.
Brighton vs West Ham Tips
In recent times, when Brighton and West Ham face one another, the two can't seem to be separated once the full time whistle is blown.
Since Brighton's promotion to the promised land back in 2017, the Hammers have failed to notch a win over the Seagulls in nine possible attempts.
Three victories on the spin to an accumulative scoreline of 7-1 for Albion has been followed up by six straight stalemates.
For those over/under or correct score fans, there hasn't been a single 0-0 in sight - with three affairs ending 1-1, a couple as 2-2 in addition to a 3-3 thriller in February 2020.
In the context of this league campaign, no team has drawn more games than Brighton (15) while West Ham rank mid table in the PL for draws, having ended this way on eight different occasions.
This campaign has seen Leandro Trossard's greatest returns in a Brighton shirt since joining the Premier League three seasons ago. The 27-year-old has contributed eight goals and three assists - the first of which leaves him as the Seagulls' joint-top scorer in the division this term.
Even though he's been deployed in various positions across the front line and midfield, the Belgian is finding more consistency in his game this time around.
He leads the way for both shots and shots on target among his teammates, having only missed three games across the 37-match domestic league run so far.
Better yet, on the field come Sunday, only Jarrod Bowen (12) and Michail Antonio (9) will have found the net more times than Brighton's number 11.
LT is on somewhat of a significant goalscoring run, having bagged a goal in four of his last six matches - most recently during his side's 4-0 romping of Manchester United.
In terms of the opposition these have come against, five of his eight have been vs top half opposition, including the likes of Liverpool, Wolves, Tottenham and Arsenal.
His mainstay status is further supported by the fact that he's completed 90 minutes 22 times this season, seeing only fewer than 80 minutes of action in a single game during six of these appearances.
Considering that Neal Maupay, Danny Welbeck, Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jarrod Bowen and Alexis Mac Allister are all shorter prices than him to score anytime on Sunday, the stats and value seem to favour the Belgian.
SBK are also best priced for this selection, with other bookmakers going as short as 2/1.
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