West Ham v Brighton
Friday night football returns to the Premier League this weekend as West Ham take on Brighton at the London Stadium.
West Ham start round nine of the league in 15th place, with eight points on the board. As for Brighton, they are a place above the Hammers on goal difference.
Both sides recorded 1-1 draws last weekend. The Irons picked up a point away at Burnley, while the Seagulls played out a stalemate with Newcastle.
Slaven Bilic has selection problems
Andy Carroll will miss the Brighton game after he was sent off against at Turf Moor.
Carroll’s suspension should have opened the door for Javier Hernandez to return to a more central role in the Irons attack. But Chicharito may not get that opportunity, as Football London are reporting that the Mexican striker is injured:
Slaven Bilic could be left with a shortage of senior strikers for Friday night’s clash with Brighton with a report claiming that Javier Hernandez pulled up in training on Tuesday.
Bilic could be forced to call upon Diafra Sakho or even U23 striker Toni Martinez to lead the line against the Seagulls.
West Ham are also waiting to see if centre-half James Collins is ready to come back into the fold after he picked up an ankle injury at West Brom.
Manuel Lanzini, however, is available for selection after his early season injury woes.
Brighton’s injury list
Brighton also have selection issues.
Chris Hughton will once again be without Steve Sidwell (back injury) and Tomer Hemed (suspended) for the trip to east London.
The Seagulls also have injury concerns over Shane Duffy, Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal before the Hammers game.