In-form West Ham are aiming to follow up their Premier League wins over Manchester United and Arsenal when they welcome Brighton to the London Stadium on Tuesday night.
West Ham have enjoyed a fabulous festive period in the Premier League, beating Wolves 3-0, Manchester United 2-0 and Arsenal 2-0 in their last three games.
That hat-trick of victories extended the Hammers' fine run to six wins in eight top-flight games and they can pick up another three points at home to a depleted Brighton side.
The Seagulls are three points behind sixth-placed West Ham after their impressive 4-2 home win over Tottenham on Thursday but Roberto De Zerbi's squad has been stretched during the busy Christmas schedule.
Defensive stalwart Lewis Dunk is suspended and Brighton have a host of injury absentees, including star winger Kaoru Mitoma.
Their win against Spurs ended a frustrating run of results with draws against Burnley and Crystal Palace either side of a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal, where they had just one shot on target.
At full strength, there would be little to choose between these teams but, given West Ham's excellent recent performances and Brighton's absentees, the hosts are worth backing to complete a league double over the Seagulls.
David Moyes's men won 3-1 at the Amex Stadium in August and Brighton have lost three of their four away games against teams above them in the table this term, conceding 11 goals.
West Ham have kept clean sheets in their last three wins against Wolves, Manchester United and Arsenal but Brighton are a hard team to keep quiet and over 2.5 goals looks a solid Bet Builder selection.
The Hammers allowed Arsenal 30 shots at the Emirates Stadium last time out and Brighton's away matches this term are averaging 3.89 goals per game.
The Seagulls' depleted defence could be vulnerable against a Hammers side who have scored two or more goals in seven of their last nine league games.
West Ham's chances of continuing their fine goalscoring form are boosted by the absence of Brighton captain Dunk, who is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Tottenham.
That heaps responsibility on Seagulls centre-back Jan Paul van Hecke, who looks a big price to be booked at the London Stadium.
The Dutch defender has become an important player for Brighton this season but he faces a tricky test against in-form West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen.
Van Hecke was booked in three of his five Europa League appearances for Brighton this term and he racked up 12 yellow cards in just 30 Championship starts during a loan spell at Blackburn in 2021/22.
Lucas Paqueta and Kurt Zouma are doubtful due to knee injuries and centre-back Nayef Aguerd has been struggling with illness. Mohammed Kudus is unlikely to feature as he prepares for Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations campaign, while Michail Antonio remains sidelined.
Centre-back Lewis Dunk is suspended and Igor Julio and Facundo Buonanotte face fitness tests. The Seagulls are missing the injured Joel Veltman, Ansu Fati, Julio Enciso, Kaoru Mitoma, Simon Adingra, Solly March, Adam Webster and Tariq Lamptey.
West Ham have won six of their last eight Premier League matches.
Five of Brighton's last 10 league games have ended 1-1.
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