Although the defeat to Liverpool midweek was not a surprise, West Ham’s failure to take advantage of their game in hand means they are now deep in the relegation mire.
Manager David Moyes has tried to address the deficiencies in the squad by bringing in Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague to improve his options in midfield, and there are likely to be more signings before the close of the transfer window this evening.
The Hammers face Brighton tomorrow, with Michail Antonio expected to return from a hamstring injury. Jack Wilshere (hernia), Felipe Anderson (back), Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh) and Ryan Fredericks (hamstring) all remain out of contention.
West Ham’s Predicted XI To Face Brighton:
Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Haller
Brighton manager Graham Potter has four players out of action with Dan Burn (shoulder), Shane Duffy (shin), Leon Balogun (thigh) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) all unavailable.
Brighton’s Predicted XI:
Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Bernardo, Trossard, Propper, Stephens, Mooy, Gross, Maupay
The bookies have this one being a tight contest with Bet 365 pricing the Irons at 8/5 for the win. A draw is 49/20 with Unibet while a Brighton victory is 9/5 at 888 Sport.
Predicted Score – 2-0 to West Ham