West Ham vs Brighton

Tony Cottee

Like Albion they sit two points above the bottom three, with speculation surrounding Slaven Bilic's future if he can't turn results around soon.

As well as Carroll, Bilic will be without Diafra Sakho, who has a minor back injury, but Javier Hernandez is expected to be fit despite a hamstring niggle.

Brighton are a spot above West Ham in the table with the same number of points.

"But they've got a lot of quality there and I always feel that when West Ham have a hard time, they will always come through it".

WEST HAM will be without Andy Carroll after the target man saw red last week against Burnley - and could be replaced by Manuel Lanzini who returns for injury.

West Ham played ten games so far in the 2017/18 season, recording four wins, two draws, and four defeats, with a goal difference of 13:14, which is 2.7 goals per contest on average.

Slaven Bilic deployed a seemingly old-fashioned 4-4-2 to good effect against Burnley last time out, though his plan was hindered by the sending off of Carroll after just 27 minutes, with the Hammers leading 1-0.

The game is on Sky Sports Premier League.

As such, bet365's 4/6 (1.67) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored may well prove popular with punters, while the same firm offer 3/4 (1.75) that either team fails to find the net - a selection that would have landed in four of Albion's five away fixtures so far, as well as in all but one of the Hammers' four games on home soil.

The Spaniard wants to leave the Hammers in January so Slaven Bilic needs to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper. "If I was on the bench and was asked if I was happy if I was not playing I wouldn't say "I'm over the moon". They fell short at Emirates against Arsenal, and they were unlucky to be held at AMEX Stadium against Everton, as Wayne Rooney's 90th-minute penalty goal stole two points out of their pockets. The Seagulls are definitely not an attractive team with attacking style of football, and there are no plenty of excitement when they're on the pitch. I don't think so.



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