Four games played, four defeats incurred. Manuel Pellegrini decided to give his West Ham squad an extended rest and then changed the system which saw Declan Rice play in the defensive midfield role, allowing Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang to rove further forward.
It’s worked a treat thus far, with wins over Everton and Manchester United sandwiching a draw against Chelsea, the sort of run which would please a team want to challenge for a top four spot.
While West Ham are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League or even the Europa League, they have spent big bucks in recruiting Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, while Balbuena and Diop are going well as central defenders.
We really like the idea of the visitors beating a Brighton side who are a fairly modest outfit, with the Seagulls not being defensively tight this season and not really accruing the points that will keep them in the top flight.
Marko Arnautovic is a class act as centre forward and we’ll plump for the Austrian to spearhead another success for the Hammers.
West Ham @ 15/8 with BetVictor