David Moyes delivers a big injury update as West Ham sweat on the fitness of top scorer Jarrod Bowen for Brighton clash.
West Ham need to listen to the lyrics of the famous old song ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ on repeat.
Because West Ham’s record against Brighton suggests anything but.
There is no way to sugar coat it, West Ham’s record against the Seagulls since their promotion to the top flight is abysmal.
In 11 Premier League games between West Ham and Brighton since they came into the top flight in 2017/2018, the Hammers have failed to win a single match.
West Ham have lost five and drawn the other six. And they suffered a 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.
After throwing away a golden opportunity to beat Man United and make the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, West Ham’s attentions now turn back to the very pressing matter of Premier League survival.
The 4-0 thumping of Forest last weekend has breathed new hope and life into West Ham’s battle to beat the drop.
And results elsewhere have finally gone West Ham’s way over the last week, including a major double boost in midweek.
Moyes and his players must now look to continue their momentum knowing a positive result could lift the Hammers as high as 13th this weekend.
West Ham look likely to be without number one goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for an extended spell.
And there are question marks over the availability of Vladimir Coufal, Maxwel Cornet, Kurt Zouma and Bowen.
The Hammers boss has been speaking to the press ahead of another huge weekend of league action.
And Moyes has delivered a big injury update as West Ham sweat on the fitness of top scorer Bowen for the Brighton clash.
Bowen has been struggling with a shin injury, which seemed to still be affecting him when he came on against Man United in midweek.
The Scot has given hope on Zouma and Cornet but revealed West Ham have ‘one or two’ new injury concerns.
But he remained tight-lipped on who and what those injury concerns were.
“Kurt Zouma is doing better and Maxi is coming on,” Moyes said in his pre-Brighton presser.
“We’ll see how he is and hopefully we’ll get them closer to the first team.
“We’ve picked up one or two injuries in the week and we’ll just have to see where they are (Football.London).”