West Ham and Brighton were in the Championship the last time that they met back in April 2012. Despite having their automatic promotion hopes effectively ended the week before, the Irons put the Seagulls to the sword with a 6-0 win that gave them much vital momentum ahead of their successful run through the playoffs.
These are very interesting times in the Premier League. The top clubs in the league have recently been trying to push through a redistribution of the huge sums of money from foreign television rights which makes competing at the top flight even more important than it’s ever been. Football League clubs are spending increasing amounts to try and get into the Premier League while those already in the promised land must come out with ways to remain competitive and improve over time.
Brighton and Everton meet for the first in well over 30 years on Sunday. The Seagulls have come back of going out of business in the time that’s past but they’re in better shape than ever right now and gunning for a big scalp at the Amex Stadium. You couldn’t describe Everton as being anywhere near good shape. Ronald Koeman was given the dreaded vote of confidence by the club’s board after a poor start to the season and you get the feeling the Dutchman is just one more bad result away from losing his job. Could that defeat come down on the South Coast?
The Premier League returns with a bang after the international break. Liverpool versus Manchester United is one of the English football’s biggest fixtures and this Saturday’s edition could be an absolute classic.
When Marco Silva was appointed Hull manager last season the news was met with incredulity by some football pundits. People inside the game could not believe that a man with no prior experience of English football would be given the job of keeping a team in the Premier League. Those critics were quickly silenced as Silva dramatically improved Hull even if it was too late to save the Tigers from the drop.