West Ham travel to Brighton this weekend hoping to put last weekend’s result behind them and pick up some points. The Hammers started off with a 5-0 loss at home to Manchester City and now they have an away test against Brighton.
The Seagulls got off to a flying start and won 3-0 away at Watford. Graham Potter’s men will be hoping to carry their good form into the game against West Ham – a team they have enjoyed success against in recent years.
Here are three Brighton players who can cause West Ham some problems if they hit their top form this Saturday.
Dunk was linked with a £40m move to Leicester City in the summer (as per The Sun). But the towering centre-half stayed at Brighton and has been named as their new captain.
Last season, Dunk was a reliable performer at the back and even earned an England call-up. Sebastian Haller will have a battle with him this Saturday and the outcome of that could determine this game.
Dunk is also a threat from set-pieces. The 27-year-old stands at 6ft 4in and needs to be watched when he comes up for corners with Pascal Gross, Aaron Mooy and Davy Propper all able to deliver a good ball.
Brighton have three midfield technicians in Gross, Mooy and Propper. Mooy was left on the bench last weekend and Gross’ form has dipped a bit. Propper is an underrated midfielder who can do some damage.
The 27-year-old now has two years of Premier League football under his belt and can take his game to the next level under Potter. The Dutchman provided an assist on the opening day and will be hoping to kick on.
West Ham’s nemesis over the past two seasons has been Glenn Murray. The veteran striker has four in four against the Hammers. But while West Ham will focus on Murray, they need to be careful about Neal Maupay too.
The French striker joined from Brentford in a big-money move after scoring 28 times last season. He was linked with West Ham and scored from the bench in the opening game so the Hammers defence will be well aware of his ability.