Brighton was promoted and shot out of a cannon on to the Premier League! Directly into 17th place. Three weeks in West Bromwich holds onto a 5th spot for now, and a win could help them hold on to the top of the table.
Brighton – (8/5)
West Brom – (15/8)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (6/4)
Under – (1/2)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (11/10)
No – (4/6)
So why does Brighton, 0-1-2, open this game favored to win? Three words: I don’t know. Sure, they had four prolific scorers in Championship last season, but through 3 games it couldn’t be more clear they just can’t translate that success as easily into Premier. With 2-0 losses to Manchester City and Leicester, they saw their best opportunity to net a win against Watford, playing a man down, and couldn’t capitalize.
To stand a chance this week they’ll need Glenn Murray, Anthony Knockaert, Tomer Hemerd, and Sam Boldack to reclaim their former glory, and Brighton has had troubles keeping the ball out of their own net, their best chance is winning a shootout.
On the other side, West Bromwich Albion is finding success in low scoring affairs. Beating Bournemouth and Burnley 1-0 before finishing 1-1 with Stoke City. If West Brom hopes to succeed in the league they will need to increase their goal totals per game, and facing Brighton’s -4 goal difference is a good way to test the boots. Look for Jay Rodriquez to pop up all over the score sheet.
Brighton 0-2 West Bromwich
It’s probably fair to assume The Championship Promotes favor in the odds is based on their goal totals last season, and West Brom’s -8 goal difference a year ago. But until they can prove otherwise, they’re just a club with zero goals in the Premier League.
Look for West Brom is take the win, under 2.5 goals, and only one scoring squad.