West Ham have a huge game against Brighton in the Premier League today.

It’s an absolute must win, with back-to-back away games against Manchester City and Liverpool next up.

The Hammers currently sit in 17th spot in the Premier League table, and are level on points with 19th placed Watford.

There will be a buzz around the London Stadium this afternoon, however.

West Ham finally completed the signing of Jarrod Bowen from Hull City for around £20 million (The Sun) late last night.

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The 23-year-old has been in spectacular form this season, and if he can continue to produce the goods in the Premier League, he will be an exceptional addition for the Hammers.

David Moyes has also brought Darren Randolph and Tomas Soucek to the club this summer.

If West Ham manage to beat Brighton today, they will fancy their chances of avoiding relegation down to the Championship.

 

And BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas both believe that that will happen.

Lawrenson told the BBC:

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“This is a huge game for both sides. I was at London Stadium on Wednesday to watch Liverpool play West Ham and the Hammers are lacking someone with pace up front. Brighton will go there, get the ball down and play nice football but will they hurt West Ham? They tend to play in front of teams, so the answer is no. This is likely to be a very tight game, though. They have to be at it here because they know this is a big one.”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

And Sky Sports pundit Nicholas agrees:

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“It is a worrying situation for West Ham and Brighton have problems of their own. This is a must-win scenario for West Ham in order to relieve some of the pressure. What did they expect when David Moyes came in? They need to give the whole process time. Lukasz Fabianski is a big miss and Moyes needs more from Sebastien Haller. West Ham need to take care of these games at home and get over the line, which I think they will.”

CHARLIE PREDICTS: West Ham 2-1 Brighton

The Seagulls have a great record against the Hammers, however. The east London outfit have not beaten the south coast club in the Premier League, and Brighton have won three and drawn two of the last five meetings between the two sides.

We think West Ham will earn a vital three points today though. If David Moyes’s side are on their best form, they should have no problem swatting Brighton aside.

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