Referee for Brighton v West Ham- Seagulls yet to lose a Premier League game under him

Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the referee for West Ham’s GW2 clash at the Amex this weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion. Interestingly though, the Seagulls have never lost a Premier League game when Taylor’s been in charge.

Brighton and Hove Albion- Premier League games refereed by Anthony Taylor

Arsenal 1-1 Brighton (2018/19)
Brighton 1-1 Arsenal (2018/19)
Brighton 1-0 Wolves (2018/19)
Southampton 2-2 Brighton (2018/19)
Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield (2017/18)
Newcastle 0-0 Brighton (2017/18)

In Game Week 1, Taylor was given the blockbuster United-Chelsea clash at Old Trafford, which the home side won 4-0.

West Ham had themselves lost five in a row away from home across all competitions under Taylor until Michail Antonio’s goal against Spurs in April saw them break that losing run and become the first visiting team to win at the London Stadium.

West Ham under Anthony Taylor (last six away games- all competitions)

Tottenham 0-1 West Ham (April 2019)
Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham (January 2019, Cup)
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (August 2018)
Leicester 1-0 West Ham (December 2016)
Everton 2-0 West Ham (October 2016)
Chelsea 2-1 West Ham (August 2016)

Graham Potter’s Brighton come into this game on the back of a stunning 3-0 win over Watford on the opening day of the season. West Ham on the other hand were soundly beaten 5-0 by defending champions Man City at the London Stadium.

The Hammers have never won in a top flight clash away at Brighton. Last season, they went into this fixture on the back of an impressive haul of seven points against Everton, Chelsea and United, only to slump to a 1-0 loss at the Amex, with Yarmolenko and Masuaku guilty of some sloppy play as Glenn Murray scored the winner for the Seagulls.

Three different West Ham managers- Slaven Bilic, David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini, have all failed to beat Brighton in the Premier League era. Will that statistic change on Saturday afternoon?

Brighton XI in corresponding fixture v West Ham last season: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Propper, Kayal, Jahanbaksh, March, Murray

Brighton starting lineup vs Watford in GW1: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, Gross, Propper, Stevens, March, Locadia, Murray

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