West Ham welcome a flagging Brighton team to London Stadium on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats to Wolves and Manchester City.
Qualification to the Europa League knockout rounds was somewhat soured by those defeats, but the Hammers remain fourth in the Premier League after their superb start to the season. Here, they will be looking to avoid losing three games in a row for the first time since June 2020.
Team news wise, there are doubts over the availability of Aaron Cresswell after he collided with a post on Sunday, while Angelo Ogbonna is a long-term casualty. Nevertheless, David Moyes should still have a strong team ready to go.
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – West Ham’s undisputed number one hasn’t missed a league game at London Stadium since January 2020.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – Aaron Cresswell’s doubtful fitness may have opened the door for Coufal’s return after losing his Premier League starting berth during an injury layoff.
Craig Dawson (CB) – With at least a pair of league goals in his last seven seasons, Dawson is still waiting to get off the mark this term.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – In the absence of the injured Angelo Ogbonna, West Ham’s defensive onus lies on the shoulders of the eighth-most expensive Premier League acquisition last summer.
Ben Johnson (LB) – On a run of six consecutive Premier League starts, the flexible fullback only made five appearances from the first whistle in the entirety of last season. Could shift sides to fill in for Cresswell.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – Having averaged a goal every four games last season, the towering Czech international has drawn a blank in his last 12 Premier League outings.
Declan Rice (CM) – While maintaining his prolific defensive output, Rice has added a creative edge to an ever-growing repertoire, matching his career-best seasonal tally of three assists already this campaign.
Said Benrahma (AM) – Since the start of last season, Benrahma ranks an impressive fifth for assists per 90 among Premier League players with more than 1,000 minutes played (0.33).
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – Since signing for the Hammers on the final day of the January 2020 transfer window, Bowen has only missed one of the club’s subsequent 64 league fixtures – a game against Brighton, incidentally enough, a matter of hours after he put pen to paper.
Michail Antonio (ST) – Trumping mince pies, carols and festive films, the start of December marks the watershed for the greatest of all Christmas paraphernalia; reminiscing about Antonio crashing his Lamborghini while dressed as a snowman – it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Pablo Fornals (LW) – For a player that broke down in tears after being forcibly sold from Malaga to balance the club’s books, there’d be swimming pools filled by Hammers fans if Fornals was pried away from east London.