West Ham today take on Brighton & Hove Albion looking to finally get a victory over the Seagulls in the Premier League at the twelfth time of asking.
It is a dismal run against the south coast club that David Moyes will be eager to put to bed, as our Hammers look to build on a more positive run of form since the turn of the year, with the club aiming to pull away from the wrong end of the table.
Brighton themselves are having a positive campaign with the European spots firming in their sights, however they could be hampered somewhat today with the news that their manager De Zerbi is to be missing from the touchline having received a ban from the FA.
Lukasz Fabianski is set for a spell on the sidelines following an operation on his eye socket – which required a plate to be fitted. This means that Alphonse Areola will be in the starting lineup today and likely to be made our number one for the foreseeable.
The match today is likely to come too soon for Vladimir Coufal, who has picked up a minor heel injury, with Ben Johnson likely to be retaining the position at the right side of defence.
It remains to be seen if Kurt Zouma will be re-introduced, as the player has resumed training and is pushing for a return. However, there will be fitness tests for Jarrod Bowen after the winger picked up a knock in the match against Manchester United in midweek.
Max Cornet returned to action for the U23’s last night, therefore will not feature today. Danny Ings though has returned from being cup-tied in the week and is expected to lead the line today ahead of Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca.
The hosts are set to welcome back both Solly March and Pervis Estupinan who have recovered from their respective injuries.
The game today kicks off at 3pm and is not being shown on TV. Although it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio London 94.9FM.