Preview - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion 03 January 19

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Match Day 21
West Ham United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Thursday, January 3rd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson ( 8 )

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.10
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray ( 8 )

We should be in for a closely fought contest at the London Stadium on Match Day 21 in the Premier League as eleventh placed West Ham United play host to thirteenth placed Brighton & Hove Albion. With just two points between the sides the Seagulls will leapfrog the Hammers if they are to pick up a win on the road here.

Brighton actually did the double over West Ham last season, including an impressive 3-0 win in this fixture. They kept that good run against West Ham going in the current campaign too with a 1-0 win at the AMEX earlier in the season.

West Ham's injury list does seem to be easing just a little. They do still have six on the side-lines for this game though, with Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks, Manuel Lanzini. Winston Reid and Carlos Sánchez all missing out. Alireza Jahanbakhsh, José Izquierdo and Mat Ryan are the Brighton absentees.

West Ham do look to be beginning to click now having won five of their past seven in the league. They were disappointing when slumping to defeat away at Burnley last time out and will be looking to bounce back in this one. They have been underwhelming overall at home though with just the four wins and five defeats from their fixtures to date.

Brighton have lost seven of ten away from home this season, with the only points coming at Southampton, Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town. West Ham rate a cut above that trio and are expected to take the points in this one.

Prediction: West Ham United 2 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  12 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 1 - 5
Possession: 55% - 45%

Just the one booking in this one with Solly March of Brighton and Hove Albion being the only player to have his name taken by referee Chris Kavanagh.

An evenly poised matchup on paper, with the sides closely matched in the league table, and so it played out, with not much between these two in terms of possession and shots on the day. A draw was probably just about a fair result in the end, but likely a result that neither side will be happy with. West Ham due to dropping two more points at home and Brighton due to surrendering a two-goal lead.

All of the goals came after the break in this one, with Brighton taking the lead in the 56th minute. A corner from the left-hand side being punched clear by Lukasz Fabianski, but only as far as Dale Stephens lurking just inside the area. Smart volleyed finish into the bottom right from Stephens for his first Premier League goal for Brighton.

Two minutes later the Seagulls doubled their advantage. Another corner from the left and more chaos in the West Ham box. The ball this time making its way all the way through to Shane Duffy just beyond the far post. Duffy controlling on his chest before flicking in a volley from a tight angle as he fell to the turf.

Having witnessed Brighton score two in two minutes, West Ham then followed suit, with the first arriving in the 66th minute. Mark Noble lofting a long ball forward to pick out Marko Arnautović in the right of the area. Good strength from the Austrian to hold off his marker and fire in off the keeper from around four yards.

It was that man Arnautović again who grabbed the equaliser. Michail Antonio - who is in excellent form at the minute - making his way to the by-line on the right before cutting the ball back to Arnautović on the edge of the six yard box. Arnautovic controlling and stabbing in of the underside of the crossbar. 2-2 final score.

West Ham United move up a spot to tenth in the table. Brighton remain thirteenth.

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