West Ham vs Brighton Referee Watch- Seagulls winless in last five under him

The referee for West Ham’s first home game of 2019 has been announced, with Chris Kavanagh set to be the man in the middle when Manuel Pellegrini’s side host Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday evening. The fixture will be also be the Hammers’ first at the London Stadium after its capacity was officially increased to 60,000.

The Seagulls go into this on the game on the back of two highly encouraging results over the festive period- a 1-1 draw against Arsenal and a 1-0 win over Everton, both coming at the Amex Stadium.

However the referee for their trip to the London Stadium is Kavanagh, under whom the Seagulls are winless in their last five games.

Brighton and Hove Albion last five games with Chris Kavanagh as referee

Brighton 1-1 Leicester (GW13, November 2018)
Brighton 1-2 Spurs (GW6, September 2018)
Liverpool 1-0 Brighton (GW3, August 2018)
Brighton 0-2 Leicester (GW32, March 2018)
Brighton 0-0 Burnley (GW18, December 2017)

While Brighton’s recent record under Kavanagh is ordinary, West Ham haven’t enjoyed any great success under him either. Kavanagh has refereed two Premier League games involving West Ham this season- the 1-0 loss to Wolves (GW, September 2018) and the 1-1 draw against Huddersfield (GW12, November 2018)

Kavanagh has been in charge of 12 Premier League games this season. Three of the first four were won by the away side, but in the eight games afterwards, the home side has remained unbeaten. The three Championship games he’s refereed this season (Millwall v Leeds, Derby v Birmingham, Stoke v Millwall) also did not produce a win for the travelling team.

These will be slightly encouraging stats for West Ham, who have won only one of their seven top flight games against the Seagulls. A Glenn Murray goal (remember Masuaku’s shambolic defending for that one?) got Brighton a win when the two sides met on the South Coast earlier this season.

Kavanagh will be assisted by Dan Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis, with Craig Pawson set to serve as the fourth official.

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