West Ham are rolling on.
Four games unbeaten after a dreadful start to the season, and Hammers fans are now eagerly awaiting match-day with a cautious optimism accredited largely to new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
A 3-1 win away at Everton was followed by a hard-earned 0-0 draw at Chelsea showed the Hammers’ ability to force a result without talisman Marko Arnautovic in the lineup.
An 8-0 thrashing of Macclesfield in the League Cup preceded a similarly straightforward 3-1 victory against another small side in Manchester United.
Brighton have endured a tricky start to the season, their only win coming against strugglers Manchester United.
Here’s how we think West Ham might line up for the clash with the Seagulls:
GK: Lukasz Fabianski
Still one of my favourite signings from the summer, Fabianski is one of the most trusted shot-stoppers in the league.
RB: Pablo Zabaleta
Provided the cross for Felipe Anderson’s opener against United and looked comfortable with the challenge Luke Shaw presented all afternoon.
CB: Issa Diop
The youngster needs all the game-time he can get at his age, and Hammers fans will be hoping the Frenchman is the long-term answer at the position.
CB: Fabian Balbuena
Diop’s partner is the more experienced Balbuena, who brings his accumulated wisdom to the heart of the defensive line.
LB: Arthur Masuaku
Masuaku is continuing to hold down the left-back position, beating out Aaron Cresswell to the spot.
MF: Pedro Obiang
The bruiser of the bunch, Obiang isn’t afraid to get in amongst the physical battle that decides matches.
MF: Declan Rice
England’s newest option, Rice is a defensively capable option in the middle of the park.
MF: Mark Noble
Mr West Ham, a dependable pick no matter what the situation.
RW: Felipe Anderson
The Brazilian superstar flashed his skills against United, and Irons fans are starting to see why the club coughed up the money they did for the winger.
ST: Marko Arnautovic
Yep, it’s the only reason you’re here. He’s playing.
LW: Andriy Yarmolenko
The Ukrainian is waiting to fully assimilate to the Premier League, but has shown flashes of the ability that brought him to the London Stadium, including his goal against United.