Brighton and Hove Albion host West Ham United on the south coast tonight.

Here is the pre-match preview as Chris Hughton’s Brighton side prepare for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham to visit.

Form

West Ham go into this game in red hot form. After losing their first four Premier League matches, they have turned things around in East London.

A win away at Everton sparked the Hammers back into life. This was followed by a 0-0 draw against Chelsea and a 3-1 win over Manchester United in the league.

Those Premier League matches came either side of an 8-0 cup win over Macclesfield Town.

West Ham are now up to 14th. Meanwhile, Brighton are 15th and two points behind the Hammers.

Their only win this season came against Manchester United and they have lost two in a row.

Injuries

West Ham could have Javier Hernandez back. The Mexican striker has been absent with glandular fever.

Andy Carroll remains out despite nearing his return. He is joined by Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid on the sidelines.

 

Brighton are without influential midfielder Pascal Gross. Other than that, they only have a few players who are doubts with knocks, such as Dale Stephens.

Previous meetings

Adrian could do nothing to keep Jose Izquierdo’s long-range effort out last season. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Last season marked Brighton’s first ever Premier League campaign and they beat West Ham on both occasions.

An embarrassing 3-0 loss at home was followed by a poor display in a 3-1 defeat at Brighton.

Glenn Murray scored three goals against West Ham last season and Jose Izquierdo also netted on both matches.

The last time these two sides met before last season was in the Championship. West Ham beat the Seagulls 1-0 in the away game then smashed them 6-0 at home with Ricardo Vaz Te scoring a hat-trick.

Prediction

West Ham are the team in form and Brighton are out of form.

If the Hammers can put last season’s poor displays out of their head, they should pick up the win.

I’ll go for a 2-1 win to the Irons.

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