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West Ham get massive triple boost ahead of must-win Brighton game
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West Ham get massive triple boost ahead of must-win Brighton game

West Ham United have been handed a welcome boost ahead of the must-win game against Brighton next weekend.

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The Hammers suffered a crushing blow to their Champions League dreams with defeat to Everton on Sunday.

But David Moyes’s side still have a slim chance of qualifying. And failing that West Ham will probably need two more wins to secure a top six spot and Europa League football.

Brighton have been something of a bogey side for West Ham since the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League.

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West Ham get massive triple boost ahead of bogey side Brighton

West Ham have failed to win any of the seven Prem games against Saturday’s opponents with the last four ending in draws – including the game at the London Stadium earlier this season.

But West Ham have been handed a huge triple boost ahead of the crunch match because Brighton will be without three key players.

The biggest boost is that West Ham will not face Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk. The centre-back has a habit of both thwarting and scoring against the Hammers.

But Brighton’s influential captain will miss the West Ham game through suspension after being sent off in the defeat to Wolves on Sunday.

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Dunk and Maupay suspended while Veltman has injury

Another player who will miss the game is striker Neal Maupay – who was also sent off after the final whistle for dissent.

Another of Brighton’s key players, Joel Veltman, also looks set to miss the match through injury and only has an ‘outside chance’ of being fit to face West Ham.

As a result the Hammers will surely fancy themselves, especially if they have Declan Rice back for the game.

It is a huge week for West Ham.

The east Londoners must hope Manchester United can somehow do them a huge favour by beating both Leicester on Tuesday and then Liverpool 48 hours later.

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Huge week for Hammers hopes and results must go their way

Everton failing to beat Aston Villa would also be very welcome.

If that scenario plays out then West Ham will have another chance to close within two points of fourth-placed Leicester with two games to go.

The Foxes would then be under huge pressure when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the league next Tuesday night.

Lose that – and if West Ham beat West Brom a day later – the Hammers could find themselves in fourth spot going into the last game of the season.

There are a lot of ‘ifs’ and West Ham’s Champions League dream is hanging by a thread.

But there is still a glimmer of hope and much will be determined by the results from the fixtures being played during the week before West Ham face Brighton on Saturday.

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