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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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