Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United – Premier League – AMEX Stadium – Sunday (4pm) – Preview
A Europa League place is still a possibility – A Europa Conference place is already secured. Couple that up with a European semi-final and some terrific football throughout the campaign and you’d have to agree that it has been a pretty satisfactory ten months for West Ham United Football Club.
Former Hammers frontman, Brian Dear, wholeheartedly agrees: “It’s been a fantastic season,” he told Yellow Sport.
“We are going into the final game still able to achieve something and I’m looking forward to next season positively.
“The Manchester City game last week highlighted how far we have come. Sure, it would have been great to hold on for the three points, but it proved we can compete with these teams. We had already beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham at the London Stadium, and we knocked City and Manchester United out of the League Cup.
“It gets more and more competitive every season, but if David Moyes is allowed to add sufficient quality to the squad, then we can push again. It certainly isn’t a time to look back. We must push on and embrace the future.”
Dear continued: “I think it needs to be said that the atmosphere at the London Stadium has been tremendous this season. With further improvements planned during the summer, the ground is starting to feel a bit more like home. It goes to show that if you have a good team playing good football then the supporters will get behind them.”
West Ham conclude their Premier League campaign on the south coast against a Brighton & Hove Albion side that they have failed to beat in nine attempts: “The Seagulls have been a bit of a bogey team in recent years,” he added.
“Brighton have had another decent season and are now firmly established in the Premier League. Of late, they have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham away then thrashed Manchester United 4-0. We can’t go there with minds on the beach or else they give us a taste of the same.”
Dear spent a short loan spell at Brighton towards the end of the 1966/67 season, scoring five goals in seven matches, helping the Seagulls avoid relegation from the old Third Division: “It’s a smashing club. I really enjoyed my time there.
“They played at the Goldstone Ground back then. The club has gone to the depths of despair before coming back stronger than ever. I’m heading to the match on Sunday and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham United