By Sam Stone

20th May, 2022 | 11:30am

Trevor Sinclair predicts first-ever West Ham Premier League win against Brighton

Trevor Sinclair believes West Ham will finally break their Brighton hoodoo and in turn secure Europa League qualification.

The Hammers head to Sussex knowing that a Crystal Palace at home to Manchester United will see the David Moyes’ side playing Europa League football again next season.

Sinclair believes the Hammers can beat Brighton and that Patrick Viera’s side will do the Irons a favour just up the M23.

Talking on talkSPORT breakfast on Friday [08:42, 20 May] Sinclair said: “They’ve never beaten Brighton in the Premier League and it’s a must and I think they’ll get the job done.

“If they get over the line and win that game, then I expect Crytal Palace to fight and recover well and put a great performance I think they’ll beat Manchester United.

“Then West Ham finish sixth and their back in the Europa League.”

European tour part two

We see on numerous occasions teams struggle to qualify for Europe once they’re already competing in continental competition but West Ham have been an exception.

The Irons have had a packed fixture schedule, injury and suspension problems and a threadbare squad and have still managed to qualify for, at the very least, the Uefa Conference League.

It is a testament to the job Moyes has undertaken at the London Stadium to drag the Irons into the position they are today.

However, Europa League qualification would provide the club with a good platform to attract players.

Moyes has been linked with plenty of big names and it will be far easier to attract players if the Hammers are involved in Europe’s second string competition.

The Irons are completely reliant on Palace’s performance against United, but with the United’s dreadful form this season, a Palace win is not overly far-fetched.

Time for Moyes’ men to get the job done on the south coast.

In other West Ham news, West Ham to sign PSG star Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal.

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