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West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion each must find a way to start winning matches, or the relegation zone could become more of a serious issue than it already is for both clubs.
Each side look to avoid going winless in a fifth straight Premier League match on Saturday at London Stadium.
At the moment, Brighton (6-7-11) sit 15th in the table on 25 points, two spots and two points ahead of West Ham (6-5-13). The Hammers are 17th, but tied with drop zone-dwellers Bournemouth and Watford on 23 points.
The Seagulls are 0-2-2 since a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth on Dec. 28, only their second victory over a 13-game league stretch. Brighton fell 3-1 to that same Bournemouth side in their most recent top-flight contest on Jan. 21.
"Every week is a big game for one reason or another, and obviously if you look at the table then you can see why Saturday is another of those," keeper Matty Ryan told Brighton's official website. "We've had a few tough results recently that mean we're now in a battle down in that area of the table, but it's a challenge we're all looking forward to."
The Seagulls must find a way to score goals after totaling three in the last four league matches. They managed just Leandro Trossard's goal in the 65th minute in a home draw versus West Ham on Aug. 17.
The Hammers have scored just twice during an 0-1-3 rut that followed a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on New Year's Day. West Ham lost 2-0 at home to runaway league leaders Liverpool on Wednesday in a re-scheduled match that the club felt presented some offensive chances they were unable to take advantage.
"It's disappointing, but we need to get ourselves ready for a tough game Saturday," midfielder Robert Snodgrass told West Ham's official website.
One reason for West Ham's struggles this term is their 3-2-7 league record at home. They've only won once over nine matches (1-2-6), and understand that has to chance if they are to remain safe in the table.
"I can assure you that everyone is fully focused and understands the job ahead that we've got," West Ham defender Aaron Creswell said. "We have to stick together, not just as players and coaching staff, but everyone involved at West Ham. We have to do our best from now until the end of the season."
Sebastien Haller leads the Hammers with six goals, but none of those have come over his last four games.
Updated January 30, 2020