David Moyes looks set to make three West Ham changes for Brighton as mystery surrounds new injury concerns.
West Ham can climb to 13th and seriously boost their hopes of Premier League survival with a rare win at Brighton.
The 4-0 thumping of Forest last weekend has breathed new hope and life into West Ham’s battle to beat the drop.
But they will need to end their ridiculous Brighton hoodoo if they are to emerge victorious at the Amex.
West Ham have failed to beat Brighton in 11 games against them since they were promoted to the Premier League.
Results elsewhere have finally gone West Ham’s way over the last week, including a major double boost in midweek.
Predicted: David Moyes makes three West Ham changes for Brighton as mystery surrounds new injury concerns
Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi is banned for the clash and Moyes will undoubtedly be hoping it has a negative impact on the hosts.
West Ham have some injury concerns ahead of the clash.
Lukasz Fabianski is definitely out having had an operation on a fractured eye socket this week – as confirmed by Moyes in his pre-match press conference.
Vladimir Coufal was injured in the win over Forest and remains a doubt having missed the FA Cup defeat to Man United in midweek.
But, without naming names, Moyes also said he has two or three other players carrying injuries after the Old Trafford clash.
As a result picking the side to face Brighton is difficult.
We predict Moyes makes three West Ham changes for Brighton as mystery surrounds the new injury concerns.
The first change from the team that started in last Premier League match against Forest will obviously be Alphonse Areola replacing Fabianski in goal.
If we assume Coufal also remains out then Ben Johnson will move to right-back with Aaron Cresswell coming in at left-back in change number two.
There are some question marks over Jarrod Bowen, who did not look right when coming on against Man United having picked up a shin injury last weekend.
So it may be he is one of the doubts.
Therefore we predict he may miss out, certainly from the start, with Pablo Fornals replacing him in change number three.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Brighton:
Areola, Johnson, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Paqueta, Fornals, Benrahma, Ings.