West Ham United star Michail Antonio has hailed Saturday night’s opponents Brighton.
The Hammers know a win over the Seagulls together with victory at West Brom in midweek will keep their Champions League dream alive going into the last day of the season.
But getting three points against Brighton is no easy task for West Ham.
In fact Brighton have become West Ham’s bogey team in the Premier League.
Brighton are West Ham’s bogey side and Hammers must end hoodoo
The east Londoners have failed to beat Brighton in seven attempts since the Seagulls were promoted to the top flight.
Saturday night’s game at the Amex is a must-win for West Ham.
So David Moyes’s side must break the hoodoo.
West Ham have been given a boost with the news Graham Potter’s side will be missing eight players – including brilliant skipper Lewis Dunk, Neal Maupay and Joel Veltman – for the game.
Moyes meanwhile looks set to welcome back talisman Declan Rice and should have Aaron Cresswell and Angelo Ogbonna fit too.
Striker Michail Antonio is fit again too and looking sharp.
Antonio fires warning about ‘unbelievable’ Seagulls
But the forward has warned his West Ham teammates they will need to be at their best to beat a Brighton side who have impressed him immensely (whufc.com).
“Brighton have played unbelievable football all season, they’ve just not had that finishing touch sometimes,” Antonio told whufc.com.
“Now they’re safe, it’s one of those games where it’s a weird one – we don’t know whether they’re going to be more relaxed, or they’re going to come into a game where they’ve got no pressure on them, and can be a freely attacking team.
“We’re going to go there, be professional, and do the job that needs to be done.”
So what does the dream week look like for West Ham?
What does the dream week look like for West Ham?
The Hammers must look to beat Brighton on Saturday night. That will put them back above Liverpool into fifth, three points behind Chelsea.
West Ham will then be hoping for a favour from West Brom, Burnley or Crystal Palace against Liverpool.
In the meantime the preferred result for West Ham would be a Leicester draw or win in the game with Chelsea on Tuesday night.
If Liverpool drop points, it would mean West Ham will finish fourth with victory over Southampton as long as Villa don’t lose to Chelsea on the final day at Villa Park.
Conversely if Chelsea beat Leicester West Ham would need Spurs to do them a favour and win at the King Power on the final day for Moyes’s side to overhaul them instead.
West Ham should secure Europa League football with two wins from their last three. But three will guarantee it.