Brighton vs West Ham predicted lineups: Can the Hammers break their poor record against the Seagulls?

Brighton vs West Ham predicted lineups: Can the Hammers break their poor record against the Seagulls?
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi applauds the fans after the Premier League match at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton. Picture date: Wednesday May 24, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport

Roberto De Zerbi’s high-flyers are back in action on Saturday evening, as Brighton host West Ham at the Amex in match week three of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign. 

The Hammers will be hoping to rewrite their recent fortune against the Seagulls, with them failing to win their previous 12 fixtures against Saturday’s opponent. 

Brighton v West Ham predicted lineups and news

Brighton have started the season emphatically to the dread of David Moyes’ side, with the south coast club scoring eight in their opening two and gaining a maximum six points. West Ham will be looking to build on last week’s win against Chelsea and build some momentum, with the priority to avoid a repeat of last term’s results against the Seagulls.

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The side’s will be repeating history by meeting in August, just as they did last season when Graham Potter’s side were 2-0 winners at the London Stadium. In the return fixture in March, the Irons were blown away at the Amex, losing 4-0 in a brutal display by the hosts. 

It’s set to be a thriller if Brighton continue their scoring form so far this campaign, with the match available to watch at 17:30 on Sky Sports. 

Team news: Brighton 

De Zerbi’s side will hope to resume where they left off after winning 4-1 away to Wolves last week. The Seagulls have managed to maintain the excitement factor that their football brings to the league, despite losing crucial players such as Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo this summer. 

There will be two absences from the game at the Amex on Saturday, with Julio Enciso set to miss out due to a complex knee injury, diagnosed as a meniscus tear which could leave him sidelined for four months. 

Another knee injury that will leave Brighton short is to Jakub Moder, who will be unavailable for selection. 

Brighton predicted lineup

Steele; Milner, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan; Gross, Dahoud; March, Pedro, Mitoma; Welbeck

Team news: West Ham United 

The Hammers opened the 2022/23 campaign with a 1-1 draw to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, registering their first win of the season in dramatic fashion last week. 

In a thriller at the London Stadium, Moyes’ side saw off London rivals Chelsea in a 3-1 win, despite playing with 10 men due to the dismissal of Nayef Aguerd. The Moroccan will be suspended for the challenge against Brighton, meaning Thilo Kehrer could be thrown straight back into action after his return from injury. 

Dinos Mavropanos was uneveiled on Thursday however will be unavailable for selection as he nurses a minor injury. 

West Ham predicted lineup

Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Kehrer, Emerson; Soucek, Ward-Prowse; Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma; Antonio

Will Evan Ferguson start today? 

18-year-old Evan Ferguson has featured as a substitute in both of Brighton’s fixtures so far this season, claiming his first goal on the opening day late on against Luton Town. 

The injury to Enciso could see a slight reshuffle in attack to accommodate the Irishman’s first start of the campaign, with him having the talent and prowess in front of goal to really punish West Ham. 

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