Brighton aims to take third West Ham win in a row tonight
Albion hope to make it three out of three against West Ham since being promoted back into the Premier League.
Brighton and Hove Albion will host West Ham United at the Amex Stadium for a Friday night of Premier League football.
Although Brighton have strength in winning both games against the team last season, West Ham are picking up the pace with two wins and a draw in their last three games.
They’ll have to keep out injured striker, Marko Arnautović, who has scored four times for West Ham in his last six Premier League games.
Albion will further examine the fitness of Dale Stephens, who was forced to miss last week’s match against Manchester City due to injury.
The midfielder sustained a hamstring injury in the team’s last home game against Tottenham.
Pascal Gross will remain on the bench this week for his fourth Premier League game in a row due to a damaged ankle, but Albion are preparing to have him back for their next away game against Newcastle.
Manager, Chris Highton, has said despite Jose Izquierdo’s success against West Ham in the past, he will not be rushed out of recovery to play, ensuring his knee injury has time to heal.
Hughton is urging the team to muster up the spirit and determination of their Manchester United win in August and make use of the home advantage against West Ham.
Early training sessions have begun for Izquierdo in preparation for the left winger to make his first appearance of this season.
Although Albion have sustained three losses in the past five matches, their opposing teams finished in the top four last season, so there is still the opportunity to excel.
West Ham will not make it easy for the Seagulls, and will be putting up a fight this week, hoping to continue their winning streak at the Amex.
It was announced at the end of September that the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, would be continuing the role at Albion in the Spring.
Ashworth said although he appreciated his time with FA, he did not want to pass up on the huge opportunity on being Brighton’s first technical director.
The match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and West Ham United will kick off at 8pm at the Amex Stadium.