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Premier League: West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Teams News: West Ham United: Fabianski, Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Noble (C), Bowen, Haller. Brighton & Hove Albion: Sanchez, White, Webster, Dunk (C), Bissouma, Maupay, Trossard, Lallana, Welbeck, March, Burn.

 

5 Key Points:

- Brighton make two changes to the starting XI with Welbeck and Burn in for Connolly and Veltman.

- West Ham make one change to the starting XI with Johnson coming in for his debut start for Fornals.

- West Ham are winless in all of their six Premier League meetings with Brighton.

- Brighton have lost one of six away league games to West Ham, which was in 2012.

- In the Hammers' last game against Chelsea, West Ham failed to have a shot on target.

 

1': We're underway at the London Stadium.

2': White passes a ball over the top to Welbeck and he has an early shot which is over.

3': Good linkup between Welbeck and Maupay to get a corner.

4': Trossard crosses it in and it falls to Maupay at the back post. He takes the ball down with his chest and has to turn towards his own half.

8': Coufal has a cross in and Lallana clears it for their corner.

9': West Ham get another corner and it's crossed in by Bowen but cleared by Bissouma for another corner.

10': Great interception by Webster to keep the Hammers out.

14': Bowen hooks a shot over but the ball didn't fall right for him.

17': March had an excellent ball into the area but it hit the hand of Welbeck and the Hammers were given a free kick.

21': Brighton have started well, they are pressing intensely and the crosses have been quality as well.

25': Too much on the ball for Johnson but he's looking good for West Ham.

26': Good bit of play from Brighton to get a corner.

27': Trossard crosses it in and Webster's header is held out by Fabianski.

28': Burn has a shot blocked.

30': Welbeck gives away a foul.

32': Webster had a shot blocked by Welbeck.

34': Bissouma put the ball over the top to March and his shot hit the side netting from a tight angle.

37': Trossard did a one-two with March and Trossard crossed a teasing ball to Welbeck. Fabianski did well to get his hands on the ball.

39': Maupay played it to Welbeck who played it back to him. Maupay's shot is blocked.

41': March had a shot saved after a threatening run.

44': GOAL! Maupay scored after a wonderful cross from Burn which was blocked into Maupay's path, he swivelled and scored.

45': 1 minute added.

Half-Time: Fiery performance for Brighton and a well deserved the goal. They completely dominated the game and the chances kept coming. Brighton's goal was excellent and it was Maupay's first goal in 9 games.

45': We're underway for the second half.

45': WEST HAM UNITED SUBSTITUTION: Noble and Bowen come off for Yarmolenko and Lanzini.

45': BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION SUBSTITUTION: Lallana has come off for Alzate.

47': Haller has a header saved by Sanchez.

50': Bissouma fouls Johnson.

51': Cresswell's free kick was awkward for Sanchez.

56': Cresswell fouls Maupay.

58': March crossed the ball in the direction of White but Fabianski caught the cross.

60': GOAL! Yarmolenko crosses the ball in and Lanzini played it to Johnson who scored. Poor defending from Brighton but good equaliser for West Ham. Debut goal for Johnson.

65': Lanzini has a shot wide.

68': Corner for Brighton after link up between Trossard and Maupay.

70': GOAL! Short corner to Dunk and it's in off his body. 2-1 to Brighton.

73': Coufal has a shot blocked.

78': Free kick for West Ham.

82': GOAL! Soucek scores a header from Cresswell's corner. 2-2.

83': BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION SUBSTITUTION: Welbeck comes off for Gross.

84': Gross' cross reached March and he played the ball across goal.

85': Webster fouls Haller.

88': Burn blocks a shot and he's down with a head injury.

90': BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION SUBSTITUTION: Maupay comes off for Jahanbakhsh.

90+1': 4 minutes added.

90+3': Free kick for Brighton taken short.

90+5': Free kick for West Ham.

Full-Time: In an entertaining game, the Hammers did well to come back twice. Brighton played excellently the first half but were disappointed to concede both goals from set pieces. Bissouma, March and Webster really stood out for Brighton and Maupay's goal was excellent. Lanzini and Yarmolenko were key players today and they really effected the game well. Johnson is my man of the match with his debut goal and he did well throughout the second half going forward for the Hammers.

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