Brighton Super Fans delivers lowdown ahead of West Ham clash
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming West Ham games. Ahead of Wednesday’s game, we caught up with Brighton fan @joeglayshier.
West Ham welcome Brighton to the London Stadium on Wednesday night with both sides desperate to break their respective winless runs.
The Irons have lost their last two Premier League games as Sunday’s [28 November] 2-1 defeat at Manchester City came eight days after Wolves won 1-0 at Molineux.
Brighton, meanwhile, have not tasted victory in the league for more than two months (22 September), enduring eight games without a win.
Ahead of the visit of the Seagulls to East London, West Ham Zone spoke to Brighton fan Joe Glayshier [@joeglayshier] to find out what’s going on with the visitors.
Are there likely to be any big Brighton changes tonight given recent results?
I would say it’s unlikely that there will be big changes tonight, although this week has three games in eight days, so maybe a couple. Despite recent results, the performances, on the whole, have been good – Albion created lots of chances to score against Leeds United on Saturday, so there are no issues with performance. Shane Duffy could come back into contention alongside Adam Lallana, with both substitutes on Saturday.
West Ham haven’t beaten Brighton in eight games since you were promoted, how have you dealt so well with the Irons? Particularly under David Moyes?
I think sometimes you get those teams and grounds that you seem to do well at, and West Ham has been one of those teams for some reason. Moyes has done a great job with West Ham sitting fourth, so we expect a very tough test despite the record we have against them. As I said, performances have been good and against what many would suggest a better side than us, it may suit our game a little more, and we have a good away record both this season and at the London Stadium.
Is there any player you may look to exploit tonight? Who are the Seagulls dangermen?
I think the Hammers have good players all over the pitch so there isn’t necessarily one we could target specifically but Tariq Lamptey & Leandro Trossard were both excellent against Leeds, with Lamptey creating a career-high five chances in the first half, so his battle with Aaron Cresswell or whoever is at left-back could be interesting.
Trossard has played a lot of minutes for Brighton this season and is a key player under Graham Potter, so they could look to him to force the issue with his creativity and intelligence in the final third.
In other West Ham news, UEFA took major financial action over the Irons on Tuesday.