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PREVIEW: WEST HAM UNITED V ALBION

19 October 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion make their first visit to the London Stadium on Friday evening, when they come up against West Ham United live on Sky Sports, kick-off 8pm.

Chris Hughton’s team head to the Hammers’ new home after almost taking maximum points against Everton at the Amex last Sunday, but for Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty which made it 1-1.



Heading into the weekend’s fixtures, the Seagulls occupy 14th position in the Premier League with eight points from eight games, while Slaven Bilic’s team sit one place behind on goal difference.



After numerous trips to Upton Park, West Ham’s previous ground, Albion supporters will have their first chance to watch their team play at the London Stadium, which also served as the home stadium for the 2012 Summer Olympics.



TEAM NEWS:

Hughton hopes to have Shane Duffy available for the trip to east London, after the defender was withdrawn in the second half against the Toffees.



Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal will continue their recoveries from injury as they feature for Albion’s under-23s against Middlesbrough at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre tomorrow.

Striker Tomer Hemed will serve the final game of his three-game suspension, with Glenn Murray is favourite to lead the line for the Seagulls once again.



For West Ham, striker Andy Carroll will be missing through suspension, after he received a red card against Burnley, while Javier Hernandez is a doubt after picking up a suspected hamstring injury in training.



Elsewhere, James Collins is the only other absentee for the Hammers, due to an ankle injury.


FORM:


ALBION: The Seagulls head into Friday’s game looking for their first away victory of the season, with seven of their eight points coming from fixtures at the Amex.



After losing 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium before the international break, Hughton’s team bounced back with an impressive performance against Everton at home.



Anthony Knockaert’s late strike looked like sealing all three points for the Seagulls, but Rooney dispatched from 12 yards in the dying stages after Bruno was penalised for a foul.



Albion have enjoyed home victories over West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, 3-1 and 1-0 respectively, and came close to winning against Watford at Vicarage Road in a frustrating goalless draw.



Solly March gave Albion the lead on their league visit to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, but a second-half turnaround denied the Seagulls, as Eddie Howe’s team ran out 2-1 winners.

WEST HAM UNITED: After opening the season with three consecutive defeats, the Hammers have picked up their form and are unbeaten in their last two games.



After sealing a narrow 1-0 victory over Swansea City, thanks to Diafra Sakho’s 90th-minute winner, Bilic’s team collected a point on the road, in a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor.



After going 3-0 down at home to Tottenham Hotspur, the Irons pulled it back to 3-2 but couldn’t find a third goal to snatch a point, following a goalless draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns.



Their first victory of the season came at the London Stadium at the beginning of September, when two second-half strikes sealed a 2-0 win against Premier League newboys Huddersfield Town.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
Knockert 82

EVERTON 1
Rooney 90 pen

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy (Huenemeier 73), Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March (Izquierdo 73); Gross; Murray (Brown 85).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Bong, Schelotto, Molumby.


LAST TIME OUT: WEST HAM

BURNLEY 1
Wood 85

WEST HAM UNITED 1
Antonio 19



West Ham United line-up: Hart; Cresswell, Fonte, Reid, Zabaleta; Antonio, Lanzini (Masuaka 88), Kouyate, Arnautovic (Obiang 45); Carroll, Hernandez (Sakho 75).



Subs not used: Adrian (GK), Noble, Ogbonna, Ayew.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Michail Antonio



The energetic winger has become a key member of Slaven Bilic’s squad, and scored his first goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at Burnley last weekend.



Antonio has added another dimension to West Ham’s attack, with his physical presence adding to his pace and power on the ball, as the 27-year-old threatens from wide areas.



Nine goals in the 2016/17 Premier League season helped earn Antonio his first call-up to the England squad, but the Hammer is still waiting for his first appearance in a Three Lions shirt.



Among Antonio’s 18 goals for West Ham, 12 have been headers, which highlights the winger’s aerial ability, and Albion will need to be mindful of that on Friday evening.

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Match Reports

REPORT: WEST HAM UNITED 0 ALBION 3

20 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray celebrates after making it 3-0 at the London Stadium.
  • Albion win their first-ever Premier League away game
  • Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo on target
  • The Seagulls move up to tenth in the table
  • Chris Hughton wins his 100th game as a Premier League manager

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded their first-ever Premier League away win, with a 3-0 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Albion produced a tactically disciplined performance and looked dangerous in attack, the highlight being Glenn Murray's brace and a stunner from Jose Izquierdo, to move up to tenth in the Premier League table.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew with Everton the previous Sunday, as Gaetan Bong and Izquierdo replaced Markus Suttner and Solly March.

Albion worked their first opening of the game from a corner, as Pascal Gross squared the ball to Izquierdo in space, but the Colombian blazed his effort over the crossbar.

The Hammers were sluggish in the opening stages, and were made to pay on ten minutes when Murray met an inswinging Gross free kick to head past Hammers keeper Joe Hart.

The hosts then grew into the contest and could have scored through Manuel Lanzini, who latched onto a ball over the top of Albion’s defence, but fired wide.

Pedro Obiang then tried his luck from distance with a driven strike that was met with a low save from Mathew Ryan.

The Seagulls pressed forward again through Gross, who played Anthony Knockaert in beautifully, but the winger was thwarted by the Hammers' defence.

West Ham still carried a threat going forward, as Pablo Zabaleta delivered a dangerous ball into the box towards Javier Hernandez, but the Mexican was denied thanks to Shane Duffy’s brilliant block.

Hernandez tried his luck again, but with 15 seconds of first-half stoppage time remaining, Izquierdo doubled Albion’s advantage with a stunning long-range strike which Joe Hart got a hand to, but couldn’t keep out.

The hosts added more firepower ahead of the re-start by bringing on Andre Ayew, but he was soon overpowered by Duffy following Zabaleta’s in swinging cross. Lanzini’s corner then went across the face of goal and narrowly missed the onrushing Obiang.

The Argentine tried to get on the scoresheet himself, but his set piece rose high and wide of the target. His next free kick from a similar position was much better and went inches wide after taking a nick off Duffy in the Albion wall.

Knockaert almost set up a third goal for Albion after showing some brilliant footwork to tee up Murray, but Hart stood firm as the striker shot from a narrow angle.

Murray would not be denied his brace though and it came on 76 minutes after he was brought down in the box by Zabaleta. He dusted himself down to send the resulting penalty kick straight down the middle of the goal.

It was then a case of seeing the game out, which Albion did to perfection, sparking scenes of joy in the away end and boos of derision from the home fans.

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Ticket News

WEST HAM TICKETS ON SALE NEXT TUESDAY

14 September 2017

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The London Stadium

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against West Ham United at the London Stadium go on sale next Tuesday.

The match takes place on Friday 20th October, kick-off 8pm, and Albion have received a full allocation of 3,000 tickets, with the match also being shown live on Sky Sports.

Beneath are the on-sale dates for the match, with information on how many points are required. Tickets will go on sale online from 9am and by telephone from 2pm at each on-sale date:

On Sale Dates Points Required
Tuesday 19th September STHs with 264 + Season Ticket Holder Points
Wednesday 20th September STHs with 237 + Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 22nd September STHs with 198 + Season Ticket Holder Points*
Tuesday 26th September All remaining Season Ticket Holders*
Thursday 28th September Bronze/YS+ Members with 16 Member Points*
Friday 29th September All remaining Bronze/YS+ Members*

*subject to availability

Supporters can secure their tickets on the selected dates from 9am online and 2pm via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901**


Tickets for Albion’s visit to the London Stadium are priced as follows:

Categories Prices
Adults (21-64) £30.00
Seniors (65+) £25.00
Ages 16-20 £25.00
Child (Under-16) £25.00

**There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases.

Seagull Travel are running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings can be found here, along with prices.

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