West Ham United-Brighton & Hove Albion Preview

The Associated Press

Whilst the season could not have started better for Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United must find a way to bounce back from a brutal showing in their opener.

Brighton will also try to remain undefeated in the Premier League against visiting West Ham when they meet Saturday at the Amex.

In perhaps the biggest shock result of the Premier League's opening weekend, Brighton & Hove Albion stunned host Watford 3-0 last Saturday. The Seagulls benefited from a Watford own goal in the 28th minute, then got proper scores from Florin Andone and Neal Maupay in the second half to give manager Graham Potter a victory in his debut on the Brighton touchline.

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The performance was also a welcome relief after Brighton managed just three goals while going 0-3-6 to conclude last season in the top-flight and the fact they were not given much preseason love to remain safe in 2019-20.

"It's not our business to worry about what people on the outside say or predict when you talk about how we'll do this season," Potter told Brighton's official website. "Their attitude has been fantastic, and you get your rewards. I've said we weren't perfect by any means, but we scored three goals, and the side can take great credit for that.

"You can always get better, in every aspect. We're at the start of what we're trying to do, and I would expect that."

Now in their home opener, the Seagulls look to further improve on a 3-1-0 Premier League mark against West Ham, who are coming off a disastrous 5-0 home thrashing at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City. Whilst facing the Citizens is never easy, the fact things got so out of hand for the Hammers draws reason for concern.

West Ham was down just 1-0 at half-time, but Raheem Sterling's second-half hat trick beginning in the 51st minute showed just how dominant City can be - and how far the Hammers might need to come in order to nab a second straight top-half table finish.

However, manager Manuel Pellegrini, naturally, won't publicly push the panic button.

"I think last weekend's defeat was not a good start to the season; not because we played against Manchester City, but because we made too many mistakes," Pellegrini told West Ham's official website.

"I think that we've built a good squad and now we must try to play better in every game, especially defending. We are just starting the season. We've played one game, so we are not thinking unhappily here."

What might not help the Hammers' cause this weekend is the possibility of starting forwards Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson not being available after each picked up a knock against City.

Brighton, meanwhile, appears well fit for this contest.

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