Four key on-pitch battles that will decide West Ham vs Brighton

West Ham United will be looking to pick up their third Premier League win of the season when they host newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion at the London Stadium on Friday night.

Following a disappointing start to the campaign in which they lost their opening three top flight matches, Slaven Bilic’s men have bounced back by taking eight points from the last 15 available.

The last of those came in the 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, when they almost held out for the win following Andy Carroll’s 27th minute red card before Chris Wood found the net for the hosts five minutes from the end.

Meanwhile, Brighton have also accumulated eight points so far in their first ever Premier League campaign, although they lie above their opponents on Friday on goal difference following their 1-1 draw against Everton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Both clubs know that they have players that can make the difference in this clash, and they will be looking to those individuals to make an impact in east London.

Here are four key battles that will decide the result when West Ham host Brighton…