WSL preview: Albion head to West Ham United

Seagulls chasing a third successive away league win.

By Bruce Talbot • 31 March 2024

By Kyle Hemsley
Elisabeth Terland celebrates our late winner against Leicester City and her 14th goal of the season.

Albion will be looking to claim three successive away wins in the WSL for the first time in our history on Sunday when we take on West Ham United, kick off 3pm at the Chigwell Construction Stadium in Dagenham. 

The game is live on FA Player.

Team news

Maria Thorisdottir is back in training after missing last week's win over Leicester City with an ankle injury. Interim head coach Mikey Harris said, "Maria may play some part on Sunday."

If selected, Vea Sarri and Maisie Symonds will make their 50th appearance in all competitions for the club.

Our last meeting

Albion’s 2-0 loss to the Hammers at the Broadfield Stadium in October ended a run of six successive wins against them. The teams met again in November and Albion won 3-1 at home in the group stage of the Conti Cup thanks to goals from Vicky Losada (penalty), Guro Bergsvand and Vea Sarri.

Player to watch

By Kyle Hemsley
Viviane Asseyi is West Ham's leading scorer in the WSL this season.

Striker Viviane Asseyi offers the Hammers’ main goal threat with six goals and an assist from 17 games so far this season. The 30-year-old, who has won more than 60 caps for France, joined West Ham in 2022 having previously played for French clubs Rouen, Montpellier, Marseille and Bordeaux. She made two appearances for France in last summer’s World Cup. 

Facts and stats

After winning three of their first four WSL games against Brighton and Hove Albion (L1), West Ham United have since lost six of seven league meetings with the Seagulls, though did win 2-0 when the two sides met earlier this season.

Albion have won four of their five away games against West Ham United in the Women’s Super League (L1), scoring more goals on the road against the Hammers (13) than any other opponent in the WSL.

West Ham have won just one of their last 15 Women’s Super League matches at home (D5 L9), drawing a blank in seven of those matches. In fact, of the five matches that West Ham have won from their last 31 games in the WSL both home and away, four of those have come away from home with the exception a 2-1 win against Arsenal in February.

Albion have won two of their last three Women’s Super League matches (L1), winning as many during this run as they did across their previous 13 matches in the competition (D2 L9).

Only Bristol City (1) have won fewer matches than West Ham in the Women’s Super League this season (3), meanwhile the Robins are the only team to have lost more matches (13) than West Ham’s 11 and only Everton (14) have scored fewer goals than the Hammers’ 17.

Albion have conceded in each of their last 11 Women’s Super League games (27 goals), with only Bristol City (27) and West Ham (15) on a longer run without a clean sheet among sides currently in the WSL.

Albion have netted in each of their last three Women’s Super League matches, scoring 11 goals – an average of 3.6 goals scored per game, scoring as many during this run as they had managed across their previous 13 WSL matches combined.

Elisabeth Terland’s 12 goals in the Women’s Super League this season have won Brighton 10 points, the most of any player in the competition. Her 12 goals amount to 50% of Brighton’s goals overall (24), the most any player has contributed to their sides overall tally this season.

West Ham top scorer Viviane Asseyi has scored four goals in her last seven Women’s Super League matches and in her WSL career, only against Reading (3) has she scored more goals than she has against Brighton (2).

Albion’s Madison Haley became the first ever Seagulls’ player to be substituted on and both score a goal and provide an assist when she did so last time out against Leicester City. Haley scored the equaliser (1-1) before she provided the assist for Elisabeth Terland’s late winner in a 3-2 victory.

Match officials

Referee - Kirsty Dowle

Assistants: Sophie Dennington & Anastasiya Voloshchuk

Fourth Official: Abigail Byrne