Alvarez makes his first Hammers start


Edson Álvarez makes his first West Ham United start against  Brighton & Hove Albion replacing Saïd Benrahma in the starting XI at the American Express Community Stadium.

Alvarez is  one of two changes from the victory over Chelsea with Angelo Ogbonna replacing the suspended Nayef Aguerd.

Jarrod Bowen makes his 300th senior club appearance. This is his 161st for West Ham, added to 131 for Hull City and eight for Hereford United. The UEFA Europa Conference League matchwinner is now just four short of 100 senior goals.

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James Ward-Prowse will look to add to the two assists he provided on his debut against Chelsea last weekend, while Michail Antonio and Lucas Paquetá will be seeking to double their seasonal tallies after hitting the net at London Stadium.

Ward-Prowse kicks-off one goal short of 50 in the Premier League, and one direct free-kick goal shy of equalling David Beckham’s all-time record of 18.

Kurt Zouma captains the Irons again this afternoon.

Zouma’s fellow France international Alphonse Areola continues in goal after being included ahead of Łukasz Fabiański and wears a West Ham shirt for the 44th time.

With Ogbonna at left centre-back, the back four is completed by Czech Republic international Vladimír Coufal and UEFA Euro 2020 winner Emerson in the full-back positions.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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