Match Previews

WSL Match Preview: Albion v West Ham

Hope Powell's team look to make it back-to-back WSL victories for the first time this campaign.

By Bruce Talbot • 10 February 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Rianna Jarrett will be hoping to add to her two goals in the WSL so far this season.

Albion will be looking to build on Sunday's brilliant win over leaders Chelsea when they entertain West Ham United in the Barclays FA Women's Super League on Wednesday, kick off 7pm. It is their last game before a three-week international break.

Team News

Hope Powell is still without Fliss Gibbons, Rebekah Stott and the suspended Kayleigh Green and may shuffle the pack for Albion's second game in four days.

Form Guide

By Kyle Hemsley
Rianna Jarrett heads in against West Ham - her first goal in the WSL.

Albion will be going for their first double of the season, having won 1-0 at West Ham in November when Rianna Jarrett scored the only goal. The sides also shared four goals in the Conti Cup in October with Jarrett and Megan Connolly on target before the Hammers triumphed in a penalty shoot-out.

West Ham have won each of their two previous League to Brighton, enjoying a 1-0 victory in December 2018 and a 3-1 win in October 2019. They currently lie 11th in the table although both of their wins this season have come away from home against Bristol City (4-0) and Birmingham City (2-1).

View from the Bench

Hope Powell: “It's a big game for us because it's the next one. We enjoyed Sunday because it's not very often you beat the champions but the attention soon switched to Wednesday.

"Sunday took a lot out of the players and it's been all about rest and recovery since then, but if we could go into the international break with another three points it would be huge. We will need to play as well as we did against Chelsea if not better, because we know West Ham will make it very difficult for us.”

Player to watch

By Kyle Hemsley
Gilly Flaherty has played at senior level for England, winning nine caps.

West Ham's vastly experienced central defender and captain Gilly Flaherty has been with the Hammers since 2018 and has made more than 50 appearances for the club. Flaherty, 29, started her career with Arsenal and has also played in the top flight for Chelsea. She made her England debut in 2015 and won nine senior caps.

All the stats

  • None of the five WSL meetings between Brighton and West Ham have ended level, with West Ham winning three games to Brighton's two.
  • Albion have lost each of their last five home games in the WSL, the same number as they had suffered in the 14 games beforehand (W5 D4 L5).
  • Since the start of last season, Aileen Whelan has scored more than double the number of goals than any other Brighton player in the Barclays FA Women's Super League (7). Whelan netted Albion's first in Sunday’s win over Chelsea during her 50th WSL appearance for the club.

How to watch

The game at Crawley’s People’s Pension Stadium will be live on the FA Player from 7pm. There will be live updates on the club's social media channels and post-match report and reaction on our website.


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