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West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion

1st January 2019, 18:34 by Tom McGarry

Mid-table West Ham and Brighton are set to go head-to-head at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Hammers had won five of their previous six matches heading into Sunday's clash with Burnley at Turf Moor, but they produced a disappointing display as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat.

However, a positive midweek result could see Manuel Pellegrini's side move into the top half of the table although they don't have a good recent record against Brighton, as they have lost all three of their previous Premier League meetings with the Seagulls.

The injuries have been mounting for the Hammers over recent weeks, so they could hand a debut to new signing Samir Nasri, who joined on a free transfer earlier this week.

Pablo Zabaleta could also return following illness although Javier Hernandez remains sidelined with a hamstring complaint.

Brighton could leapfrog West Ham in the standings if they secure all three points and they head into the match in confident mood after taking four points from their last two games against Arsenal and Everton.

That ended a run of three straight defeats for Chris Hughton's side, who could be boosted by the return of Jose Izquierdo following a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan remains unavailable as he is on international duty with Australia at the Asian Cup, so David Button is expected to keep his place in goal.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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