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West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm
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After their woeful display against West Bromwich Albion’s depleted side, Brian Dear was altogether more impressed with what he saw from West Ham against champions-elect, Liverpool, during the week.
Nevertheless, defensive lapses and a lack of punch in attack again proved costly as the Reds left the capital with all three points, leaving the former frontman urging for an altogether more ruthless streak from David Moyes’ men.
“On the plus side, it was better and we are still outside the relegation zone – but we have to be more creative in the final third because we aren’t producing enough quality to win matches,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“Manuel Lanzini is struggling for form, while Sebastien Haller again showed little signs of either getting on the end or for that matter, creating his own opportunities – that has to improve, particularly as we now face a team in a similar predicament.”
Brighton have proved to be a bit of a ‘bogey team’ to the Hammers in recent years – unbeaten in their last five meetings since returning to the Premier League. Nevertheless, they head to the London Stadium without a win in four and just two points above the Hammers who currently occupy seventeenth place.
“It’s a massive match,” Dear added.
“We have to beat the sides around us and start climbing the table. We showed spirit against Liverpool but now need to find a bit of quality to see us over the line.
“Hopefully, Michail Antonio will be available, while the signing of Czech midfielder Tomáš Souček will come as a boost – I’d like to think we’ll have one or two more through the door come the close of the transfer window on Friday evening, freshening things up for the run-in.
“Brighton were poor last time out, losing 3-1 to Bournemouth. But they have had a rest period what with no FA Cup match – I’m sure Graham Potter will have them fired up.
“Before anybody says it, I know every game is a ‘must-win’ – but beating the other teams at the bottom also gives you a psychological advantage over them. We’ve got to be clinical and ruthless. Anything other than a West Ham win is unthinkable.”
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – Head to head:
West Ham United won: 18
Brighton & Hove Albion won: 18
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – Last five meetings (all competitions):
October 20, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion
February 3, 2018 – Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Ham United
October 5, 2018 – Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 West Ham United
January 2, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
August 17, 2019 – Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion