In what is being billed as a real relegation six-pointer at the foot of the Premier League table, West Ham will welcome Brighton to the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon in what could be a cagey encounter.
Eventually hit with a 2-0 defeat at home against runaway leaders Liverpool on Wednesday night, the Hammers have lost their last three appearances on the bounce, including crashing out of the FA Cup against Championship outfit West Brom last weekend.
On the flip side, while David Moyes’ men might find themselves at the heart of another worrying rut, Brighton also find themselves at the centre of a relegation scrap after a sluggish start to the New Year.
Hit with a shock 3-1 hammering away at another scrapper in Bournemouth last time out, the Seagulls have failed to win any of their last four Premier League appearances and have a growing reputation for their continued issues on the road.
In a battle between two sides low on both form and confidence, you might be interested to know that West Ham and Brighton have played out back-to-back stalemates and another draw in East London can be found priced at 23/10 with Betfair.
“We didn’t take our chances”
While West Ham may have made some clear improvements against Liverpool in midweek, the Hammers could only slump to a 2-0 defeat and find the mood in their camp remaining incredibly fragile.
Despite creating a string of opportunities against the runaway leaders in midweek, Head Coach David Moyes was once again vocal about his side’s inability to find the net.
Once again drawing a blank on Wednesday, the former Manchester United boss has now seen his side fail to find the net from open play in their last five straight matches across all competitions.
With £45million signing Sebastian Haller still drastically struggling to make a mark at the London Stadium, you might be interested to know that the Hammers can be found priced at 5/2 with Paddy Power to draw another blank this weekend.
Elsewhere, after making the move from Slavia Prague earlier in the week Tomáš Souček could be handed a debut in East London on Saturday.
West Ham’s latest signing could replace the underperforming Manuel Lanzini at the heart of Moyes’ midfield this weekend.
Graham Potter’s growing headache
While Graham Potter’s men may have received a list of admirers for their new attacking approach earlier in the season, the Seagulls put in what was a season-worst display last week.
Hit with a 3-1 hammering away at fellow strugglers Bournemouth, Brighton now hold just a two-point buffer over the bottom-three and have continued to show some worrying issues on the road.
Brighton have lost eight of their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D2), conceding two or more goals in seven of those games.
If Brighton are to pick up what could be a crucial three points in the capital this weekend and end their torrid run away from the Amex, Potter could be looking for midfielder Aaron Mooy to lead their charge.
Making his move from Huddersfield permanent this month, the Australia international has bagged two goals in his last four Premier League appearances after managing just one goal in his previous 30 top-flight games.
You might be interested to know that Mooy can be found priced as high as 11/2 with Bet365 to find the net in back-to-back matches this weekend.