West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League, London Stadium, Sunday 21 August, 2pm BST
West Ham United will hope to collect the first points of the 2022/23 Premier League season when Brighton & Hove Albion visit London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Irons have lost narrowly in the opening two rounds of fixtures, to Manchester City and Nottingham Forest respectively, with last Sunday's 1-0 reverse at the City Ground a particularly tough proverbial pill to swallow.
Brighton, in contrast, are unbeaten, having won 2-1 at Manchester United and drawn 0-0 at home with Newcastle United.
However, David Moyes' men received a confidence boost in the shape of a 3-1 UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round first-leg victory over Viborg FF of Denmark at London Stadium on Thursday evening.
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How To Follow…
Sunday's match will NOT be broadcast live in the UK, but will be shown across the world by the Premier League's international broadcast partners.
You can also follow the action via our live blog on whufc.com and our app and across our social media channels. We will also have highlights and exclusive reaction for you after the final whistle.
While there are no strikes planned on Sunday 21 August itself, disruption from Saturday’s National Rail strikes will continue to affect some services on Sunday morning.
As such, supporters are advised to avoid travelling on affected services on Greater Anglia, c2c and Southeastern before 8am.
Supporters are advised to check their journeys before travel, with resources such as TfL's Journey Planner or the TfL Go app helping to avoid some essential works across the transport network. Supporters may also wish to visit the National Rail website to plan their journey if traveling on the rail network.
West Ham United Season Ticket Holders attending Sunday’s Premier League fixture at London Stadium are reminded that they will need to download their NFC (Near-Field Communication) Season Tickets to their mobile phone ahead of the game.
For the 2022/23 Premier League campaign, all Hammers Season Ticket Holders will gain entry to London Stadium via their NFC Season Ticket – an efficient and convenient solution on matchdays, which is being rolled out across the Premier League, whereby supporters can simply tap their way into the ground via their NFC-enabled mobile phone device.
To download your ticket direct to your mobile phone, view our step-by-step guide by clicking here.
West Ham United's 116-page Official Programme returns for Sunday's Premier League fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion.
With London Stadium set to host another capacity 62,500 crowd, we have produced a bumper issue crammed full of exclusive interviews and exciting content for fans of all ages, complete with a double-sided A3 poster.
The biggest issue in the Premier League, the Irons' Official Programme is available to order online now for just £4, plus £1.49 postage and packaging*.
West Ham United will have Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell available again for Sunday’s Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The pair were suspended for Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round first leg victory over Viborg – Rice will also miss the return leg in Denmark – but can re-take their places in the squad as domestic duties resume.
With fellow defender Thilo Kehrer having made his debut on Thursday, manager David Moyes – who himself will be back on the touchline after himself being banned in midweek – will have more options at the back.
He will have to wait and see on the fitness of Craig Dawson, however, as he continues to recover from a muscle problem.
After two straight seasons in which Brighton & Hove Albion won nine games, drew 14 and collected 41 points, Graham Potter’s Seagulls soared to new heights in 2021/22.
Playing the brand of football Potter has become renowned for since his time in charge at Swedish upstarts Östersund, Brighton finished in a record-high ninth position, won 12 games, drew 15 and collected 51 points.
The Sussex club’s success centred on a possession-based style of play that saw Brighton have the ball 54.3% of the time. While that may not seem like a particularly high percentage, it was the fourth-highest in the Premier League in 2021/22 below Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Brighton’s biggest issue, as it has been arguably since they arrived in the Premier League in 2017, was turning that possession into goals, with just 42 scored in 38 games.
While Potter’s men have not dominated the ball in their opening two matches, enjoying just 45.3% possession, that historic issue was apparent again in their goalless home draw with Newcastle United last weekend, when Brighton failed to turn 13 shots into a single goal.
But, perhaps that is harsh criticism of a team which has become one of the Premier League’s easiest on the eye in recent years, with ball-playing centre-backs, dynamic full-backs and central midfield players and technically outstanding wide players all combining to make Potter’s side very hard to beat, as West Ham United and a record of eleven defeats in their last 40 matches both testify!
West Ham United have infamously never beaten Brighton & Hove Albion in ten Premier League meetings between the two.
Brighton won the first three, before the next six were drawn, then the Seagulls denied the Hammers a place in this season's UEFA Europa League with a 3-1 win at the Amex Stadium in May this year.
In 14 top-flight meetings, West Ham have recorded just one victory. Tony Cottee and Alan Dickens scored in a 2-1 First Division win at the Boleyn Ground in March 1983.
West Ham's most-recent win over Brighton was a 6-0 win at the Boleyn Ground in the Championship in April 2012, in which Ricardo Vaz Tê scored a hat-trick.
The reverse fixture that season was West Ham's first visit to the Amex Stadium and also ended in victory, 1-0, courtesy of Kevin Nolan's goal.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Lee Mason
Assistant VAR: Nick Greenhalgh
Born in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester in October 1978, Anthony Taylor has been a member of the Select Group of Referees since 2010.
Taylor started refereeing in the Northern Premier League from 2002 to 2004 before quickly working his way up through the National League and EFL to reach the Premier League in February 2010.
He refereed the EFL Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in 2015 – the same year he was promoted to the FIFA List.
He later took charge of the 2015 FA Community Shield, 2017 and 2020 FA Cup finals between Arsenal and Chelsea, the 2017 FA Cup final between the same two clubs, the 2018 Championship Play-Off final between Fulham and Aston Villa.
The 43-year-old refereed the 2020 UEFA Super Cup final between Bayern Munich and Sevilla, and was famously on duty at UEFA Euro 2020, when his quick actions are credited for helping to save the life of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Taylor has refereed West Ham United on 32 previous occasions, most recently for the 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester City at London Stadium in May.