West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion- Friday clash at the London Stadium

Friday’s solitary Premier League clash sees West Ham host newbies Brighton at the London Stadium.

This is the third time West Ham have played a top flight fixture at home on a Friday, and encouragingly for their fans, both of those fixtures (against Coventry back in 1997 and against Spurs last season) ended in wins. The Hammers have lost only one of their last five games in all competitions, and coach Slaven Bilic will definitely be looking at this clash against the Seagulls as a great opportunity to put three points in the bag.

West Ham played quite well last weekend against in-form Burnley at Turf Moor and would’ve perhaps come away with more than just a point had Andy Carroll’s moment of stupidity not forced them to play for over an hour with ten men. The former Newcastle striker collected two bookings in the space of as many minutes, and will therefore have to serve a one game ban this weekend.

AC Sent off

With Carroll suspended, Diafra Sakho also unavailable due to a back strain and Javier Hernandez facing a late fitness test, West Ham look a little light upfront. Despite all this, sports betting dime still strongly favours the home side, listing them at 7/9 while Brighton are set at 21/5 to win. If Hernandez sits out this one, Bilic may ask Michail Antonio, outstanding last weekend against the Clarets, to move upfront, or choose Andre Ayew for that role. Another potential, although unlikely (given Bilic’s comments at the pre-match presser) option is young striker Toni Hernandez, who has been in outstanding form for the U23’s and recently netted a hat trick against Manchester United.

Shane Duffy was forced off with a groin injury in Brighton’s home draw against Everton last weekend, but Seagulls manager Chris Hughton has rated the Irish international’s chances of playing against West Ham as fairly positive. Should Duffy be forced to watch this game from the treatment table, Uwe Hunemeier is expected to deputise for him in defence.

Davy Propper and Steve Sidwell are also unvailable for Brighton and so is Israeli striker Tomer Hemed, who serves the last of his three game ban for a stamp on DeAndre Yedlin.

West Ham United recent form

Burnley 1-1 West Ham
West Ham 1-0 Swansea
West Ham 2-3 Spurs
West Ham 3-0 Bolton
West Brom 0-0 West Ham

Brighton & Hove Albion recent form

Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton
Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton (Cup)
Brighton 1-0 Newcastle
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton
Brighton 1-1 Everton

This is the first top flight meeting between the two clubs since 1983. Brighton’s last win away at West Ham came back in 2004, when both clubs were competing in the Championship.

West Ham v Brighton (20 October, 2017 at 20.00 BST)

The referee for this one is Martin Atkinson. Both Burnley and West Ham have had one game with him in the middle this season, and both ended up on the losing side! (Burnley to West Brom and West Ham to Manchester United)

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