Brighton have been given a £13m incentive to beat West Ham in the Europa League decider for David Moyes on Sunday.
West Ham travel to Brighton for the final game of the season on Sunday with plenty still to play for.
A win against what has become something of a bogey team for West Ham, would see Moyes’s side finish sixth in the Premier League if Man United do not beat Crystal Palace away.
It would secure back-to-back sixth place finishes for the Hammers and qualification for the Europa League again.
West Ham have already secured their place in the Europa Conference League play-off in August.
But Moyes and his boys will be desperate to end the season on a high by securing that Europa League spot having thoroughly enjoyed and embraced their journey to the semi-finals of the competition this term.
Hosts Brighton also have plenty to play for, though, it seems.
Brighton get £13m incentive to beat West Ham in Europa League decider for David Moyes
Brighton play beside the seaside and some may think the Seagulls will be already be on the beach for the game against the Hammers.
But in fact Brighton have a £13m incentive to beat West Ham in what is a Europa League decider for Moyes and his boys.
Ahead of the game, football finance expert Kieran Maguire has highlighted that Brighton have a potential £13.2m incentive to beat West Ham in the last game of the season.
“Brighton could finish anywhere between 8th-14th tomorrow, which has a £13.2m swing in PL prize money,” Maguire said on Twitter alongside a graphic detailing that fact.
With so much money at stake the higher up the table you finish – just over £2m per placing – gone are the days of final day dead rubbers.
Brighton players may well also be on bonuses for a certain league place finish but the same can be said for West Ham as the gun for that sixth spot.
Ironically the Hammers will need a favour from Brighton’s big rivals Palace at Selhurst Park.
If the Eagles can at least hold the Red Devils in front of what promises to be a noisy crowd for their last home game of the season, then West Ham have every chance.
But there are £13.2m reasons why Brighton will be no pushovers for the Irons.