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West Ham team news: Enciso out, Ferguson to start

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Roberto De Zerbi confirmed that the Paraguay international will not be in action this weekend.

By Charlie Hanson • 25 August 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Julio Enciso setup both of Solly March's goals against Wolves.

We will look to retain our place at the top of the Premier League this weekend as we take on West Ham United on Saturday.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
The midfielder is set to have a prolonged period out, according to Roberto De Zerbi.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Roberto De Zerbi confirmed Julio Enciso will miss this weekend's game with a meniscus cartilage injury.

"We will be without Julio for a long period. It can happen in football, but I am sorry for him because he was playing really well, it is a shame for him.

"We are in a very good condition apart from that. There is a good atmosphere, we would like to finish Saturday evening at the top of the table with nine points."

The head coach also confirmed that Evan Ferguson would start Saturday's game.

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Player to watch

Having sold captain Declan Rice to Arsenal during the summer, the Irons made a fine signing in James Ward-Prowse from Southampton. The England international – renowned for his set-piece ability – got two assists on his debut in West Ham’s 3-1 win over Chelsea last weekend.

The 28-year-old made 410 appearances in all competitions for Saints and scored nine goals last season, as Southampton’s stay in the Premier League came to an end after 11 seasons. Ward-Prowse played in every single one of those top-flight campaigns.

Past meetings

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PL Highlights: Albion 4 West Ham 0

It’s fair to say that we’re West Ham’s bogey team, having not lost to them in the top flight since our promotion in 2017. The Irons have lost to us in each of our last three meetings including a 4-0 defeat on their last visit to the Amex in March. In 12 Premier League games we have won six and there have been six draws, both the most they've faced a side without ever losing and the most the Hammers have faced a side without ever winning in the competition.

Stats and Facts

West Ham's last league win against Brighton was a 6-0 home victory in April 2012 in the Championship, while their last away league win against them was in October of the same season (1-0).

Brighton have won their opening two Premier League matches this season, scoring four goals in each win (4-1 vs Luton, 4-1 vs Wolves). They haven’t won their opening three league games in a season since 2011-12 in the Championship, while the Seagulls haven’t won three league games in a row since October 2018, with this their 15th run of two wins in a row since that three-game streak.

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Extended PL Highlights: Albion 4 Luton 1

West Ham United won 3-1 against Chelsea last time out and are looking to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October, when they beat Wolves and Fulham.

Having netted four goals in each of their first two Premier League games this season, Brighton are looking to become only the fourth side in English top-flight history to score 4+ goals in their first three games of a season, after Everton in 1890-91, Sheffield Wednesday in 1931-32 and Blackburn in 1958-59.

Teenage players have either scored or assisted 30 goals in the Premier League in 2023, with 18 of those coming via Brighton players (11 goals, 7 assists). The last team to have more goal involvements from teenagers in a single year was Manchester United in 2005 (15 goals, 5 assists).

West Ham manager David Moyes is still looking for his first Premier League win over Brighton, failing in eight attempts so far (D4 L4), with the Seagulls one of two teams he’s faced without defeating, along with Brentford (P4 L4). Moyes has beaten 40 different opponents, with only Arsène Wenger (46), Alex Ferguson (44) and Harry Redknapp (41) beating more different teams.

James Ward-Prowse assisted two goals on his Premier League debut for West Ham against Chelsea, the first ever player to get two assists on his Hammers debut in the competition. The only player to assist in his first two appearances for West Ham is Thomas Hitzlsperger in 2011.

Brighton’s Solly March has been involved in 15 goals in his last 19 Premier League starts (10 goals, 5 assists) and is looking to score in three consecutive top-flight appearances for the first time. He could also become the first Albion player to score in their first three matches in a top-flight season.

Match officials

Referee - Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referee 1 - Gary Beswick

Assistant Referee 2 - Adrian Holmes

Fourth Official - Sam Allison