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CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH FOR WEST HAM

31 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's players training on New Year's Eve.
Brighton & Hove Albion begin 2019 with a trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm.
 
Chris Hughton’s men head into the match on the back of a 1-0 victory over Everton at the Amex, leaving the Seagulls 13th in the Premier League table.
 
Meanwhile, West Ham will be looking to recover from a 2-0 defeat away against Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.
 
TEAM NEWS
 
Albion once again have no fresh injury concerns heading into the game, with only Maty Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh away on international duty at the Asian Cup for Australia and Iran respectively.
 
The Hammers have a number of players missing for the game, with Manuel Lanzini (ACL knee), Winston Reid (knee), Carlos Sanchez (knee), Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles), Ryan Fredericks (ankle) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) all ruled out.
 
Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez (hamstring) and Pablo Zabaleta (illness), are both doubts.
 
FORM
 
The Seagulls accumulated 10 points during December, beginning the month with back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace.
 
Three consecutive defeats followed, as James Tarkowski’s strike gave Burnley a 1-0 win at Turf Moor before 2-1 and 2-0 defeats at home to Chelsea and away at AFC Bournemouth.
 
The losing run was ended with an impressive 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day, as Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener to claim a share of the spoils.
 
The year ended on a high with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton, with Locadia on target again.
 
West Ham began December with four straight victories, after recording 3-0, 3-1, 3-2 and 2-0 wins over Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Fulham respectively.
 
That run came to an end with a 2-0 loss at home to Watford, as Troy Deeney’s penalty and Gerard Deulofeu’s strike gave the Hornets all three points.
 
The east Londoners recovered with a 2-1 win away at Southampton courtesy of Felipe Anderson’s brace on the south coast.
 
A 2-0 defeat away at Burnley followed after goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil, leaving the Hammers 11th in the table, two places and two points above the Seagulls.
 
 
LAST TIME OUT: ALBION
 
 
ALBION 1
Locadia 59
 
EVERTON 0
 
Albion line-up: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Gross, Stephens, Propper, Locadia; Andone (Murray 74).
 
Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bong, Balogun, Kayal, Bissouma, Gyokeres.
 
 
LAST TIME OUT: WEST HAM UNITED
 
 
BURNLEY 2
Wood 15
McNeil 34
 
WEST HAM UNITED 0
 
West Ham line-up: Fabianski; Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Snodgrass (Diangana 45), Noble, Rice, Anderson; Arnautovic (Silva 73), Perez (Carroll 45).
 
Subs not used: Adrian (GK), Obiang, Masuaku, Coventry.
 
 
PLAYER TO WATCH: FELIPE ANDERSON
 
 
Signed for a club-record fee of £36 million from Lazio in the summer, Anderson has hit a rich vein of form that includes seven goals in his last ten appearances for the Hammers to make him their top scorer.
 
The most recent of those came with a brace in a 2-1 win away at Southampton, while the Brazilian also struck twice in the 4-2 victory at home to Burnley in November.
 
Despite largely being known for his creative flair, the attacking midfielder also contributes to the Hammers’ defensive game, and currently tops the club charts for the most tackles made with 48.
 
Heading to the game on Wednesday? Click here to view a useful map of the London Stadium and the surrounding area.

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REPORT: WEST HAM UNITED 2 ALBION 2

2 January 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens opens the scoring at the London Stadium.
  • Albion draw 2-2 against West Ham United
  • Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy on target
  • Marko Arnautovic scores a brace for the Hammers
  • The Seagulls face AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at the London Stadium to claim another point away from home, as the hosts recovered from 2-0 down to take a share of the spoils.

All four goals came in the second half, as Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy gave Albion a 2-0 lead, but Marko Arnautovic’s brace prevented the Seagulls from claiming another famous away win in east London.
 
Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday, with Glenn Murray replacing Florin Andone.
 
Albion created their first opening when Jurgen Locadia’s strike was deflected wide, and Lukasz Fabianski saved Duffy’s header from the subsequent corner.

Arnautovic then tried his luck for the Hammers with a shot from distance that drifted harmlessly over the bar.
 
In a largely quiet opening 20 minutes, Angelo Ogbonna rose highest to meet Robert Snodgrass’s corner, but couldn’t direct his header on target.

 
There was a nervy moment for the Albion defence when Felipe Anderson reacted to Martin Montoya’s short clearance, but fortunately his effort went straight into David Button’s grasp.

Arnautovic had another sight of goal after drifting in from the left, but his angled attempt was kept out by Button.
 
Down the other end Davy Propper nodded the ball forward to March, whose half-volley bounced straight at Fabianski.
 
Some neat footwork from March down the right flank allowed the winger to get the better of Anderson, and Murray narrowly failed to connect with his enticing ball into the box.
 
The hosts nearly broke the deadlock five minutes after the re-start when Anderson weaved his way through to the edge of the area and saw his resulting left-footed strike go just past Button’s left post.
 
But it was Albion that took the lead in the 56th minute as Stephens reacted brilliantly to Fabianski’s short clearance from a Pascal Gross corner with a brilliant left-footed half-volley.
 
Gross tried to get on the scoresheet himself moments later, but his shot took a deflection before going wide.

 
Albion doubled their lead just shy of the hour mark courtesy of Duffy, who took down another Gross corner and fired at the far post with a superb improvised finish.
 
Hughton’s men were oozing with confidence and Bernardo made a fine run down the left and surged into the West Ham box, but his shot went straight at Fabianski.
 
But the deficit was halved in the 66th minute by Arnautovic, who latched onto Mark Noble’s ball over the defence and calmly slotted home past Button.
 
The Austrian turned the game on its head to wipe out Albion’s lead as Michail Antonio cut the ball back for the Hammers number seven to fire past Button with the outside of his right foot.
 
Declan Rice then came within inches of putting West Ham in front after his effort grazed the side netting.
 
The Seagulls weathered the late West Ham storm to leave east London with a draw, and the attention now turns to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
 
ALBION: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo (Bong 73); Stephens, Propper, Gross; March, Murray (Andone 82), Locadia.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert.
 
ATTENDANCE: 59,870
 
AWAY: 2,986
 

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