Five Talking Points from Brighton v West Ham

What a bizarre weekend of football it was! Bayern, Real and Barcelona all failed to win, and so might have Manchester United, if it hadn’t been for that late comeback and a stoppage time winner from the much maligned Alexis Sanchez that saw them edge Newcastle.

Currently, Bayern, Real and Barcelona have not won in the last 10 league games combined between them! Real are even having problems scoring, and while Barca are drawing, their story might also have been different had Lionel Messi not been available for them.

Moving away from Bayern, Real and Barca, and back to West Ham, this was one very disappointing result. As Hammers fans though, must admit that some of us actually expected this. BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, in his pre-game prediction, had gone for a Brighton win just because “it would be typical of West Ham to have a stumble just as they start to get back on their feet

This was a very winnable game- make no bones about it. If not a win, West Ham, as manager Manuel Pellegrini pointed out his post match interview, at least deserved a point. They had 65% of possession, made over 510 passes (in comparison to Brighton’s 280 odd). The home side had a passing accuracy of only 68%, and their only goal came from a horrible Hammers mistake, with Yarmolenko losing the ball in midfield and some very ordinary defending allowing Murray to score. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Brighton?

In his prediction for this game, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson had said that it would be typical of West Ham “to have a stumble just as they start to get back on their feet“. They turned out to be pretty prophetic words, with Brighton claiming a win at the Amex last night thanks to Glen Murray’s first half goal.

Several Hammers were below par against the Seagulls- Arthur Masuaku, who ignored his defensive responsibilities when Murray got into the box for the first goal, was one. It appeared from replays that Issa Diop had clearly pointed to Masuaku to mark Murray, but for reasons best known to the left back, he chose not to, and the unmarked Murray gleefully scored what was to prove to be the winner for Chris Hughton’s side. Questions have always been asked about Masuaku’s defensive capabilities, and this display is only sure to add to those. [Read more…]

Brighton vs West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits say?

Brighton did the double over West Ham United in the 2017/18 season, with Jose Izquierdo scoring crackers in BOTH fixtures. The Hammers had different managers for their games against the Seagulls last season, with Slaven Bilic in charge when they lost 3-0 at home in October, and David Moyes in the hot seat when they were beaten 3-1 on the South Coast in February. Today Brighton boss Chris Hughton will be up against a third different West Ham manager, with Manuel Pellegrini taking his charges to the Amex for this Friday night clash. [Read more…]

From Lawro to Merson to Owen- Pundit predictions for Brighton v West Ham

Brighton will be looking to do a league double over West Ham when they take on the Hammers at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Seagulls, winless in 2018 in the league, beat Slaven Bilic’s side 3-0 in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium earlier this season. However the visitors, now managed by David Moyes, became the first West Ham side since 1974 to go the first five games of the calendar year unbeaten after their 1-1 draw in midweek against Palace.

How do the pundits think Brighton v West Ham will finish?

Mark Lawrenson at the BBC reckons Brighton will take this game 2-1 and pick up their first league win of the year. His celebrity opponents for this week, Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, have however tipped the Hammers to win 1-0 and join Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in the small list of teams to have triumphed at the Amex in the Premier League this season. [Read more…]

Brighton v West Ham preview- Roger East takes charge for first time since Doucoure handball controversy

West Ham will seek to become the first team outside the top four to win at the AMEX Stadium in the Premier League this weekend when they take on Chris Hughton’s Brighton on Saturday afternoon. This will also be referee Roger East’s first top flight game in charge following his controversial decision to allow Abdoulaye Doucoure’s late handball equaliser in the Watford v Southampton fixture last month. [Read more…]

West Ham Player Ratings vs Crystal Palace (A) 2017

Here is how West Ham’s players performed at Selhurst Park over the weekend against Crystal Palace- compiled from various media sources. The Hammers squandered a 2-0 lead and a big opportunity to register their first away league win of the season to draw 2-2 with the Eagles.

Not surprisingly, keeper Joe Hart, who had around half a dozen good saves to keep Palace at bay, and striker Andre Ayew, who scored a peach of a goal, are the highest rated players.

Angelo Ogbonna comes in flak, with his silly challenge on Andros Townsend giving Palace a route back into the game. [Read more…]

Premier League Distance Covered 2017-18 | West Ham lowest after 9 rounds

Despite a poor performance at home against Brighton on Friday night, West Ham thankfully stayed out of the bottom three after the conclusion of Week 9 in the Premier League. Leicester City came out of the drop zone, but Ronald Koeman’s Everton dropped into it after Arsenal claimed their first away win at Goodison Park, running out 5-2 winners over the Toffees. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Brighton (H) 2017

Brighton picked up their first away win of the new league season and their first on the road in the top flight since 1983 as they beat West Ham 3-0 last night in front of a 56,977 strong crowd at the London Stadium.

Here is how West Ham’s players were rated by the media. Sam Inkersole opted to give out one word ratings for each player instead of a number this time around.

Not surprisingly, the player who came in for the most flak was Marko Arnautovic, with the £25m signing expected to give the ageing Bruno a torrid time, but the Austrian international ended up having a very ordinary game, and was hooked before the third goal for Edimilson Fernandes. [Read more…]

Post Match Thoughts- Murray brace sinks West Ham as Brighton boss Chris Hughton gets win in 100th game

On paper, this was a perfectly winnable game for West Ham. They were at home against a newly promoted side in Brighton, who had not won away in four attempts this season, and hadn’t won away in the top flight since 1983. The Seagulls had also scored just once in four league games on the road going into this clash, and the scorer of that goal, Solly March, was benched by Brighton manager Chris Hughton in favour of club record signing Jose Izquierdo. Brighton’s last visit to West Ham, a good five years ago, saw the visitors on the receiving end of a 6-0 scoreline.

West Ham had also never lost a Premier League game at home on a Friday, having beaten Coventry and Spurs in their two previous Friday clashes.

However by the end of the evening, that record had been broken, and Brighton had taken their away goals tally from 1 to 4, courtesy of a brace from veteran striker Glenn Murray, whose last visit to West Ham, then in Crystal Palace colours, also saw him score twice. [Read more…]