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.
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 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
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.
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