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Brighton can secure their first ever top half Premier League finish if they beat West Ham at home on the final day

Two teams with little to play for meet at the Amex on Sunday afternoon, as Brighton take on West Ham on the Premier League’s final day.

It’s been a season of steady progression for the Seagulls as they hope for a top ten finish, although it could have been more had Graham Potter’s side not went on a seven-match winless run between February and April.

Ironically, they could have been challenging the Hammers for a European berth had they won just two of those games.

As for West Ham, they’ve had a season to remember, albeit more for their European conquests than their domestic campaign.

They lost momentum in the battle for a top four finish as their Europa League run almost took them all the way, but they are guaranteed another crack at at least the Europa Conference League next season, whatever the result at Brighton.

In terms of injuries, Brighton have only one definite absentee, with Jakub Moder missing with a knee injury that may extend into next season.

Jeremy Sarmiento and Enock Mwepu are both also major doubts, but could make it into the squad if they come through training in the week.

As for West Ham, Said Benrahma faces a late fitness test to determine whether he makes it after an ankle injury. Angelo Ogbonna is the only man definitely out, as he battles with a long-term knee injury.

Historically, there’s a trend when these two sides meet. Each of the last six meetings have ended in a draw, with three 1-1’s, two 2-2’s and a 3-3 since 2019.

The three meetings before that run started all went Brighton’s way, meaning the last time West Ham beat the Seagulls was 2012, when they won 6-0 in a Championship game with Ricardo Vaz Te scoring a hat-trick.

If Brighton can extend their unbeaten run over West Ham to ten games, they’ll be guaranteed a top ten finish unless Brentford beat Leeds by more than three goals. If West Ham can get their first ever Premier League win over Brighton, they could steal the final Europa League spot from Manchester United if Ralf Rangnick’s side fail to beat Crystal Palace.

Brighton and Hove Albion take on West Ham United at the Amex on Sunday, May 22nd. Kick-off is at 4pm.

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