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

Brighton will hunt a fourth successive Premier League win over West Ham when they travel to the London Stadium on Wednesday.

Monday, 31st December 2018, 9:34 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:16 am
Jose Izquierdo has missed Brighton's last five games. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Albion got the double over the Hammers last season with 3-0 and 3-1 victories and beat West Ham 1-0 at the Amex earlier this season.

The Seagulls ended a four-game winless run with a 1-0 victory over Everton in their last game and sit 13th in the table.

West Ham are 11th, two points better off than Brighton, after losing 2-0 at Burnley on Sunday.

What time does West Ham v Brighton kick off?

The match gets underway at 7.45pm at the London Stadium. It is the final round of Premier League games for the festive period, before both clubs enter the FA Cup at the third round stage this weekend.

Is the game on TV?

No. Newcastle versus Manchester United is the televised game on Wednesday evening.

Brighton are not on television again until they host Burnley on February 9.

What’s the team news?

Marko Arnautovic returned to the Hammers squad after a hamstring injury in their 2-0 defeat at Burnley on Sunday.

Javier Hernandez missed the game with a hamstring injury and is again set to miss out. Defender Fabian Balbuena was ruled out with a knee injury at Burnley but Pablo Zabaleta could return to the squad.

Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Brighton will be without Mathew Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who are with Australia and Iran respectively at the Asian Cup.

Winger Jose Izquierdo has missed the last five games with a knee injury.

Anthony Knockaert and Bruno will hope to return to the squad after missing the 1-0 win against Everton at the weekend.

Who is the referee?

Chris Kavanagh will be the man in the middle at the London Stadium. He has shown 38 yellow cards and one red in 12 Premier League matches this season.

Daniel Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis are the assistant referees, with Craig Pawson the fourth official.

What are the odds?

West Ham are the favourites to win on SkyBet at 10/11, with a Brighton win 3/1 and the draw 5/2.

A repeat of Brighton's 3-0 win at the London Stadium from last season is 50/1, while West Ham to win by the same scoreline is 14/1.

Albion to win 1-0, like they did at the Amex earlier this season, is 11/1.

Hammers strikers Andy Carroll, Chicharito and Marko Arnautovic are all 4/1 to score the first goal. Lucas Perez is 9/2 and Felipe Anderson is 6/1.

Arnautovic is 5/4 to net anytime, with Carroll and Chicharito both 11/8 and Perez 13/8.

Brighton striker Glenn Murray is 9/2 to net the opening goal, with Florin Andone 5/1. Jurgen Locadia, who has scored in the Seagulls' last two Premier League matches, is 11/1 to score first.

Murray is 13/8 to score anytime, with Andone 7/4 and Locadia 7/2.