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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.
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.
UPDATE: #BHAFC’s Julio Enciso will be out for four months due to a meniscus tear. 🇵🇾❌
Won’t return until the beginning of next year and will miss the first six 2026 World Cup qualifiers for Paraguay. pic.twitter.com/8M2mrd4QzM
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) August 24, 2023
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.
I’m excited to return to the best league in the world and it’s a privilege to do so with @WestHam as a team with a rich history. I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their faith in me. I’m really looking forward to getting to work. #COYI ⚒🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/oQHYxLvrhO
— Dinos Mavropanos (@DMavropanos) August 22, 2023
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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