Preview: Seagulls look to build on impressive win

Aileen Whelan of Brighton & Hove Albion scores their side's first goal.
Aileen Whelan of Brighton & Hove Albion scores their side's first goal past Carly Telford of Chelsea at Kingsmeadow on February 07, 2021. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Brighton & Hove Albion are set to host West Ham United at The People’s Pension Stadium on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

The Seagulls will be looking to build on their recent performance in the Women’s Super League.

Brighton sit comfortably in eighth place after fourteen games, ahead of their opponents today who are struggling downward at the bottom end of the table.

On Sunday afternoon, Hope Powell’s side travelled to Kingsmeadow. It was there, at the home of the champions, where they might have caused one of the biggest shocks of the season so far.

Her team ran out 2-1 winners over the Blues, ending their long unbeaten run of 33 games.

While Chelsea opened the scoring inside five minutes through Sam Kerr, Brighton found themselves an equaliser only a few minutes later. A corner swung into the box and Aileen Whelan was there to nod the ball into the back of the net. Megan Connolly then solidified the comeback win in the 78th minute.

The opposition

West Ham United haven’t had the best of starts to the new season after securing two wins out of twelve. They have also drew twice, leaving them with eight points while sitting 11th in the table.

The Hammers came up against a familiar face as they hosted Matt Beard’s Bristol City at the weekend.

The Vixens were presented an early lead, as Molly Pike’s corner was deflected for an own goal by Emily Van Egmond.

Czech Republic international Kateřina Svitková put West Ham level just minutes after the restart with a left-footed strike from inside the box.

The game eventually ended 1-1, as the points were shared at a snowy Dagenham stadium.

Form guide

Brighton & Hove Albion: LDLLW

Goals scored: 4

Goals conceded: 14

West Ham United: LWLLD

Goals scored: 3

Goals conceded: 9

Previous meetings

These two sides have met on four occasions since 2018.

Brighton have only lost one league meeting against West Ham. That defeat came back in December 2018 when Jane Ross scored the winning goal in the 64th minute.

During their next encounter with the Seagulls, West Ham conceded four goals back in May 2019.

Then-Hammers manager Matt Beard’s only recent victory over Hope Powell’s side came in a Continental Cup group stage match. In that game, the Irons won 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

Brighton’s Rianna Jarret scores a headed goal against West Ham United on 15 November 2020. (Photo by Gavin Ellis)

Brighton & Hove Albion secured all three points when they visited Dagenham earlier this season. A header by Rianna Jarret [pictured] in the 69th minute was the winning goal for the Seagulls.

Ones to watch

Brighton & Hove Albion: Aileen Whelan

(Photo by Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC)

Whelan is one of three players who have started all 14 games this season for the Seagulls.

The midfielder has taken the second most shots at goal this campaign with (19). – stats via FBref.

She has also registered two goals, including the vital equaliser against Chelsea last weekend.

West Ham United: Kateřina Svitková

Svitkova of West Ham during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match against Tottenham Hotspur at The Hive on 6 September 2020. (Photo by James Williamson/Getty Images)

Since arriving in East London in the summer, Svitková has made nine appearances and seven starts in the league so far.

At the weekend, she registered her first goal for the club. This earned her side a vital point in hope of escaping relegation.

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United kicks off at 7pm (UK time) and is available to watch via The FA Player.