Is Brighton v West Ham on TV, what's the team news, what are the odds?

Jose Izquierdo battles Michail Antonio for the ball away to West Ham last season. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Jose Izquierdo battles Michail Antonio for the ball away to West Ham last season. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton return to the Amex on Friday when they host a resurgent West Ham side, writes James Wootton.

After losing their first four matches, the Hammers have picked up seven points in their last three games and beat Manchester United 3-1 in their latest Premier League match.

Albion are coming off the back of losses against Manchester City and Tottenham, so will be looking to put more points on the board ahead of the second international break of the season.

What time does Brighton v West Ham kick off?

The match gets underway at 8pm. The same fixture last season ended in a 3-1 victory for Albion and will be remembered for Jose Izquierdo's goal of the season when he curled an effort from the corner of the 18-yard box into the postage stamp of the West Ham goal.

Is the game on TV?

Yes. The cameras will be at the Amex for the third time in four home games this season. The match will be shown live on Sky Sports.

What's the team news?

Jose Izquierdo returned to first team action against Manchester City last weekend and will be hoping to add more minutes as he returns to full fitness.

Albion boss Chris Hughton last week targeted the West Ham game as a possible return date for midfield duo Dale Stephens (hamstring) and Pascal Gross (ankle) as they recover from their injuries.

West Ham will be without new signing Jack Wilshere, with the midfielder having undergone minor surgery last month. Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini are also recovering from long-term injuries.

Who is the referee?

Kevin Friend will be the main in the middle at the Amex. He has shown six yellow cards in four Premier League matches so far this season.

Matthew Wilkes and Simon Beck will be the assistant referees on Friday, with Simon Hooper the fourth official.

What are the betting odds?

Albion are slight favourites with SkyBet, priced at 6/4, while an away win is 15/8 and the draw is 9/4.

Top-scorer Glenn Murray is favourite to score first for the Seagulls at 4/1. Florin Andone is 5/1, Jurgen Locadia 13/2 and Alireza Jahanbakhsh 7/1.

Right-back Martin Montoya is a long shot to get the first goal at 50/1.

West Ham's Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic are both 5/1 to get the first goal, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Lucas Perez both 6/1.

Murray is 6/4 to score in any time, with Arnaotovic 7/4 and Hernandez 2/1.


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