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Key events

Arsenal’s draw with Fulham means that either of these teams could go top of the table tonight. A draw would do for Brighton; West Ham need to win by at least two goalsa.

Today’s Premier League results

I could happily watch this on loop for the rest of my natural-born days

Team news

Both teams make two changes. The young goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen replaces Jason Steele in goal for Brighton, and Evan Ferguson is in for the injured Julio Enciso.

Edson Alvarez makes his full debut for West Ham, replacing Said Benrahma. That should mean a switch to 4-3-3. Angelo Ogbonna comes in at centre-back for the suspended Nayef Aguerd.

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Brighton (possible 4-2-4) Varbruggen; Milner, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan; Gross, Gilmour; March, Welbeck, Ferguson, Mitoma.
Substitutes: Steele, Igor Julio, Van Hecke, Veltman, Dahoud, Lallana, Buonanotte, Joao Pedro, Adingra.

West Ham (possible 4-3-3) Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Emerson; Soucek, Alvarez, Ward-Prowse; Bowen, Antonio, Paqueta.
Substitutes: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Kehrer, Fornals, Cornet, Ings, Benrahma, Mubama.

Referee Anthony Taylor.

Preamble

Look, between us, the world is in a right state at the moment. Thank heavens, then, for Brighton & Hove Albion, who continue to make it a more tolerable, joyous place. Only wronguns and Crystal Palace fans haven’t been seduced by the intrepid, exhilarating football they have played since Roberto De Zerbi took over a year ago.

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Brighton are bottom of the Premier League net spend table, the only team in the black; if they win tonight, they will go back to the top of the actual table. They’ve already scored eight goals in two games, hammering Luton and Wolves, and even a side as defensively competent as West Ham will go to the Amex Stadium with a fair bit of trepidation.

Mind you, West Ham have started the season pretty well themselves. Last week’s rousing win over Chelsea was a reminder of what dangerous counter-attacking opponents they can be. They’re having a golden period of their own, even if you wouldn’t always know it from the mood music around the club.

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At some stage in the future, these teams will meet in the second or third tier and pine for the glory days of 2023. Nothing lasts forever, not in this world, so let’s enjoy them while we can.

Kick off 5.30pm.



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