Since Brighton and Hove Albion were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, remarkably West Ham United are yet to do the double over the Seagulls!!!
Tonight, they aim to kick off 2024 in style with another win as Roberto De Zerbi’s team arrive in Stratford.
The Hammers will look to continue a run that has seen them beat Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United in recent weeks, as well as inflicting Arsenal’s first home defeat of the season with a 2-0 triumph just five days ago. Here, they hope for a repeat of their victory over the Sussex outfit back on August 26.
The surprise victory over the Gunners was their fifth triumph on the road this season and took David Moyes’ men onto thirty three points and back up to sixth place in the table. Now, they will be looking for another success here to back that one up.
Just like the Irons, De Zerbi’s men also achieved three points on Thursday night so both teams have had the same amount of time to prepare. This game could also be a tough one to call, as the Seagulls came up with a standout victory of their own. They survived
a late fightback at home to Tottenham Hotspur to win 4-2.
Moyes had more injury problems to deal with prior to the encounter at The Emirates Stadium as Kurt Zouma had picked up a knee problem in training, while Nayef Aguerd was still unavailable. Both will be assessed ahead of the match but if they fail late fitness checks, then Angelo Ogbonna and Konstantinos Mavropanos will remain as the centre-back pairing.
Mavropanos will be on the lookout to add to the goal he notched up against his former club.
Lucas Paquetá sustained an injury against Mikel Arteta’s men and will have to be assessed to see if he can feature.
Fresh from signing a contract extension until the summer of 2027, Tomáš Souček will be keen to retain his place after opening the scoring in North London last time out.
The match is a 7:30pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by Sky Sports from 7pm. The referee is Sam Barrott.