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Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te in last West Ham United XI to beat Brighton

West Ham United host Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, eying a first Premier League win this term and a first win over the Seagulls…

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West Ham United host Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, eying a first Premier League win this term and a first win over the Seagulls since 2012 with Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te.

Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te in last West Ham United XI to beat Brighton

West Ham United have endured a frustrating start to the new Premier League campaign as one of three pointless teams after the opening two games. And David Moyes now faces a tough encounter this Sunday, when Brighton & Hove Albion travel to the London Stadium.

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The Hammers have not beaten Brighton in their last 10 meetings across all competitions, dating back to 2012. West Ham claimed a resounding 6-0 win over the south coast side in the Championship, but have not won a top-flight encounter with the Seagulls since 1983.

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Brighton won in each of their first three meetings with West Ham upon gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2017. The two teams then drew each of the following six fixtures between them, before Graham Potter oversaw the Seagulls’ 3-1 win at home during May.

West Ham have additionally not kept a single clean sheet through their 10 Premier League clashes with Brighton to date. Moyes will hope his squad can readdress their record at the weekend, chasing a first win of the 2022/23 season after defeats in their first two fixtures.

Manchester City raised the curtain for the campaign with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium. West Ham then fell to a 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Nottingham Forest last weekend, as Dean Henderson saved Irons captain Declan Rice’s penalty to sustain his team’s advantage.

Brighton will travel to West Ham having won one of their opening two games after beating Manchester United 2-1. Potter’s side then held Newcastle United to a goalless draw at the weekend, to sit eighth in the early table whilst the winless Hammers sit in only 19th-place.

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Rob Green (GK): Starter of last West Ham win over Brighton retired in 2019

Rob Green started in goal the last time West Ham beat Brighton, and also took the Irons’ last clean sheet against the Seagulls. The 42-year-old – who retired in 2019 – recorded 62 shutouts in his 241 games for the Hammers across all competitions from 2006 and 2012.

Guy Demel (RB): Former Hammers defender retired in 2017

Guy Demel spent four seasons with West Ham between joining from Hamburg in 2011 to his release in 2015. Over those years, the right-back – who retired back in 2017 – amassed 83 appearances with the Hammers. But he only offered the Irons four assists and one goal.

James Tomkins (CB): Assisted West Ham’s third goal in last win over Brighton

James Tomkins assisted West Ham’s third goal in the club’s last win over Brighton in 2012. The defender headed the ball on in the 11th-minute for his fourth assist of the campaign. He went on to register 10 assists, plus 11 goals, in 243 games before leaving the Hammers.

The Basildon-born centre-back started his career in West Ham’s academy, before breaking through for his senior debut in 2008. Tomkins remained in claret-and-blue through to 2016 when Crystal Palace spent £10m, with whom he has gone on to register 124 appearances.

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Winston Reid (CB): Former Irons star still a free agent after terminating contract

Winston Reid has remained a free agent since West Ham agreed to terminate his contract in September. The New Zealand captain ended his 11-year association with the Irons after 222 games, 10 goals and 10 assists. He last played for them back in 2018 due to his knee injury.

Reid suffered the serious issue during a loss at Swansea City under Moyes in March 2018. He then spent time on loan with MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City and with Brentford in the Championship as they secured promotion. But is still looking for a new side at 34 years old.

Matthew Taylor (LB): Former Hammers winger retired in 2019

Matthew Taylor spent three seasons at West Ham from 2011 to 2014, over which the 40-year-old featured 90 times for three goals and 17 assists. He played his most fixtures with Portsmouth with 204 between 2002 and 2008, before three years with Bolton Wanderers.

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Mark Noble (CDM): Mr West Ham influenced final goal in last win over Brighton

Mark Noble influenced the final goal as West Ham took their last win over Brighton in 2012 in the 78th-minute. Gary Dicker inadvertently diverted the midfielder’s corner into his own net to round out the scoring in game 43 of the Hammers’ promotion term via the play-offs.

The 35-year-old would take over the captaincy in 2014 and would be identified as Mr West Ham, with 550 games for the club before retiring this summer. Noble also offered 62 goals and 60 assists during his lengthy career in east London, but never made his England debut.

Gary O’Neil (CDM): Assisted West Ham’s second goal in last win over Brighton

Gary O’Neil crossed into Brighton’s box to assist West Ham’s second goal during the Irons’ last win over the Seagulls. The midfielder, who is now an assistant coach at Bournemouth, offered seven assists and three goals during his 56 games for the Irons from 2011 to 2013.

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Ricardo Vaz Te (RW): Hat-trick hero in last West Ham win over Brighton

Ricardo Vaz Te scored a hat-trick the last time West Ham beat Brighton during April 2012’s resounding 6-0 Championship fixture. The Portuguese opened the scoring in only the third-minute, doubled his tally in the eighth-minute and hit home again just after the hour mark.

The 35-year-old – who is now a free agent – helped to fire West Ham into the play-offs in 2011/12 after joining from Barnsley in January. He hit 10 goals across 15 games, then two in three play-off ties. Vaz Te hit 19 goals in 61 games before joining Akhisar Belediye in 2015.

Kevin Nolan (CAM): Captained West Ham to club’s last win over Brighton

Kevin Nolan captained West Ham to their last win over Brighton in 2012, and also assisted Vaz Te to break the deadlock. The midfielder fed the winger for his fifth assist of the term, and also hit the back of the net himself to take the Hammers’ lead to 3-0 after 11 minutes.

Nolan, who is now one of Moyes’ assistant coaches at West Ham, would also add another assist in the second-half against Brighton in 2012. The 40-year-old recorded 18 assists and 31 goals over his 157 games in claret-and-blue from leaving Newcastle in 2011 up to 2015.

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Henri Lansbury (LW): Arsenal product spent 2011/12 on loan at Upton Park

Henri Lansbury spent the 2011/12 Championship campaign on loan at Upton Park from his academy side, Arsenal. The midfielder made 24 games with West Ham for a goal and three assists, more than the now-Luton Town star had at the Gunners (one goal in eight games).

Carlton Cole (ST): Retired striker hit fifth goal in last West Ham win over Brighton

Carlton Cole provided the fifth goal the last time West Ham beat Brighton, with the striker lashing home two minutes after Vaz Te’s hat-trick. The 38-year-old struck 67 goals and 33 assists over his 293 games with the Hammers from 2006 to 2015 – more than at any team.
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