Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United – Premier League – Amex Stadium – Saturday 8pm – Preview
Brian Dear admitted he is concerned that fatigue could cost West Ham United a European place come next season, but remains confident that the players at David Moyes’ disposal are capable of getting over the line.
The Hammers head to Brighton on Saturday evening – the East Londoners without a win in seven attempts since the Seagulls reached the Premier League in 2017 – but Dear expects his former side to get one over their bogey team on this occasion.
“We looked drained against Everton and didn’t offer much of a threat, but still had reasonable chances to get something from the game,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“I know it is all about managing the players’ fitness and energy levels come the end of the season, but we have to find strength from somewhere because we are so close to achieving something special after lots of people had written us off before a ball had been kicked.
“Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen should have scored. Everton took their chance, we didn’t. There’s no use dwelling over it. We have to find a way to win these last three matches.
And that starts at the Amex Stadium: “We’ve got to get one over them at some point,” Dear added.
“They will be without Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay, influential players, both suspended after getting sent off during the defeat at Wolves. I certainly believe they are there for the taking if we can get it right at the top end of the pitch.
“We have nine points to play for – Brighton, West Brom and Southampton are all beatable and that would be enough to secure Europa League football next season. That has to be the goal, it has to be in the player’s minds and is more than achievable if we can find the energy and courage over the next ten days.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 West Ham United