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OPPOSITION IN FOCUS: WEST HAM UNITED

4 July 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray scores from the penalty spot in the 3-0 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Our rundown of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with West Ham United.

League Position 2017/18: 13th

Top league goalscorer: Marko Arnautovic (11)

How did they do last season?

The Hammers finished the campaign in 13th position after a year which saw them fighting relegation for the majority of the season. 

Slaven Bilic began in charge in August, but just two league wins in the side’s opening 11 matches saw the Croatian dismissed at the start of November as he was replaced by David Moyes. 

It took until the start of December for the team’s fortunes to start to change, and the side lost just once in 10 matches throughout December and January, picking up victories over Chelsea, Stoke City, Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion in the process.

Three wins at the London Stadium over Watford, Southampton and Everton were coupled with an away win at Leicester City in the side’s final away game as the Hammers maintained their top-flight status.

Who's in charge?

 Manuel Pellegrini

Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is the latest man in the London Stadium hotseat after David Moyes left the club at the end of last season.

The Chilean won the Premier League title and two EFL Cups during a successful spell with City, and has also managed Real Madrid and Villarreal.

Prior to moving to Europe, Pellegrini managed a total of eight South American clubs, including San Lorenzo and River Plate, winning the Argentinian title at both clubs in 2000/01 and 2002/03 respectively.

As a player, Pellegrini spent his entire career at Universidad de Chile, making a total of 451 appearances between 1973 and 1986. He has also accumulated a total of 28 caps for his country.

Who should I keep an eye out for?

Marko Arnautovic joined the Hammers last summer for a club-record fee, having left Stoke City at the end of the 2016-17 season. It took the Austrian midfielder until December to open his account for the club, but his goal was the decisive one of the game as the side defeated Chelsea 1-0 at the London Stadium.

 

A run of five goals in six games followed before strikes against Huddersfield Town and Watford carried on his good form. A brace in a 3-0 home win over Southampton and goals against Arsenal and Everton took his tally to 11 in the league for the campaign and saw him finish the season as the team’s top scorer.

How did we fare against them last season? 

The Seagulls picked up the club's first Premier League away victory over the Hammers at the London Stadium in October. 

A brace from Glenn Murray and a long-range strike from Jose Izquierdo gave Albion a 3-0 win on a memorable night in the capital. 

Chris Hughton’s side would complete a league double over the East Londoners when the sides met again in February at the Amex Stadium. 

Murray was on target in the first half before Javier Hernandez levelled for the visitors before the break.

Izquierdo scored what would turn out to be the side’s Goal of the Season after the interval to put the home side back ahead, before Pascal Gross added a third with another stylish strike to cap a big win for the side on the south coast.


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