West Ham head down to Brighton today knowing they must win to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
The Hammers currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, six points behind Chelsea in fourth – but also with a game in hand over Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.
Chelsea’s surprise home defeat to Arsenal in midweek has blown the top four race back open, and Liverpool took advantage with a 4-2 win at Manchester United on Thursday to close the gap.
With Chelsea and third-placed Leicester facing each other next week, West Ham will be looking to capitalise on more dropped points – but David Moyes will need three wins from three, starting on the south coast, if the Hammers are going to sneak back into the top four during the run-in.
With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow all the action on our LIVE blog with Jack Rosser at the Amex!
Here is how the two line up tonight, with Declan Rice returning for the Hammers!
Brighton: Sanchez, White, Webster, Burn, Moder, Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Bissouma, Alzate, Trossard, Welbeck
Subs: Karbownik, Connolly, Mac Allister, Lallana, Andone, Tau, Steele, Caicedo, Zeqiri
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Lingard, Bowen, Antonio
Subs: Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Benrahma, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson, Randolph, Odubeko
Head to head results (Premier League)
Last meeting: West Ham 2-2 Brighton (27/12/2021)
Having avoided relegation, Brighton have nothing to play for beyond climbing the table now. With European football on the line for West Ham, expect an away win.
Early Brighton team news
The Seagulls are missing suspended duo Neal Maupay and captain Lewis Dunk. Adam Lallana is on the comeback trail along with Joel Veltman, Davy Propper and Florin Andone, while Solomon March remains out.
Early West Ham team news
Declan Rice has an outside chance of returning from injury for West Ham, though it would more likely be as a substitute.
Mark Noble, Arthur Masuaku, Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell are in the same position, so Moyes will be hoping for a big boost ahead of the game.
Where to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Kick-off time and venue
Brighton vs West Ham is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Amex Stadium.
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