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STAR PREVIEW: West Ham v Brighton

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t might be easier to split the atom than trying to separate West Ham and Brighton at the London Stadium tonight when the Premier League weekend gets underway.

The two sides sit 14th and 15th in the table with both teams notching up eight points from the first eight games. In the league table ‘photo finish’ Brighton edge it courtesy of a two-goal better goal difference.

West Ham emerged with a point against Burnley last weekend at Turf Moor which ended up being a good result after Andy Carroll was sent off after just 27 minutes so he misses tonight and the Hammers will also be without Diafra Sakho who has a back injury.

It was a point too for Brighton on Sunday but they were just a couple of minutes away from a third Premier League win of the season before conceding a late penalty against Everton.  It would have been a massive three points for them and could yet come back to haunt them.

Apart from a 3-1 win over WBA, Brighton have yet to score more than one goal in a match this season and went the first three games of their new Premier League status without scoring so goals remain a concern. However, they do tend to stay strong in the early stages of their games as five half-time draws are testimony to.

Their away form is under the closest scrutiny though. Manager Chris Hughton said “It’s going to be about away form that’s going to be the most challenging.

“It’s a game away from home, in a big stadium, against a very talented team.”

West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Apr 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP West Ham 6-0 Brighton
Oct 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 West Ham
Jan 2007 FA CUP West Ham 3-0 Brighton
Apr 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 2-2 West Ham
Nov 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP West Ham 0-1 Brighton
Apr 1991 DIV 2 (OLD) Brighton 1-0 West Ham
Nov 1990 DIV 2 (OLD) West Ham 2-1 Brighton
Feb 1990 DIV 2 (OLD) West Ham 3-1 Brighton
Sep 1989 DIV 2 (OLD) Brighton 3-0 West Ham
Jan 1984 LEAGUE CUP West Ham 1-0 Brighton

Got a little lucky with the Chelsea v Roma draw recommendation midweek as I didn’t fancy many goals but will quite happily accept 3-3.

I’ll end where I started. Splitting the atom – it cannot be done (well not easily) and my chain reaction is heading right back to the DRAW at around 12/5 with Star Sports.


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