The Hammers welcome Brighton to the Olympic Stadium in this Matchday 14 encounter. The home team are in fourth position with 23 points while the visitors are in ninth spot with 18 points. West Ham were on a great run which included victory over the previously unbeaten Liverpool but have suffered two league defeats since then. Their last match was a 2-1 loss to Champions Manchester City. They are level with Arsenal but have a better goal difference and will be eager for a win to try and secure the last Champions League spot. West Ham had an indifferent record at home to start the season but two wins in their last two home games has given them a boost. West Ham will want to record their first Premier League win over Brighton having never beaten them in eight previous attempts.
Brighton had a great start to the season having won four of their first five matches and were among the frontrunners in the league. Since that run the wheels have fallen off as they are eight league matches without a victory. They have had six draws in those matches with two losses. They are five points behind the European qualifying spots and victory in this match will take them to within two points of West Ham. The last five matches between these teams have ended in draws. Brighton have only lost once away from home in their six matches, a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their last away match.
Both these teams come into this match with poor form and therefore we expect the match to be tight as they are desperate to get that victory. The history in this fixture suggests that a draw is the most likely outcome. We are again backing the draw option with under 2.5 goals being scored.