Albion have never won without Lewis Dunk in the Premier League.

That is a record they will look to put right over the next two matches as the skipper serves a suspension.

The Seagulls have taken just three points, from three draws, in the seven Premier League games Dunk has missed (including one for injury and one for illness) since promotion was secured in 2017.

But there is a good omen for superstitious fans as they look ahead to West Ham’s visit to the Amex on Saturday.

Dunk was sent off for a professional foul in the 2-1 defeat by Wolves on Sunday.


Albion’s most recent win without the big No.5, at Wigan in 2016, came in a game he missed due to a card shown against the Molineux men.

Dunk was shown his fifth yellow of the 2016-17 season six minutes into stoppage time in a 1-0 win over Wolves at the Amex as he clashed with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.


Connor Goldson came into the side four days later and helped the Seagulls win by the same score at Wigan in their following match.

That was the only success in the last 13 league and play-off games Albion have played without Dunk since the 2014-15 season, when they won twice when he was missing.

He infamously sat out both six-pointers against promotion rivals Middlesbrough in the 2015-16 campaign as well as the first leg of the play-off semi-finals at Sheffield Wednesday due to suspensions.

Dunk has an impressive appearance record since then, missing only 12 league games in five seasons.

As well as the Wigan game in 2016-17, he was also banned for a 2-0 defeat at Preston and a thrilling 3-3 draw at Brentford, in which Albion came from 2-0 down.

Dunk was ever-present in his first Prem campaign.

In 2018-19, he missed the early-season 1-0 defeat at Liverpool with an ankle injury.

And he was suspended for the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day due to his red card in the previous match, at Bournemouth.

Last season, he picked up his fifth booking ahead of the home game against Leicester and missed the 2-0 defeat.

He was unwell on Boxing Day when Albion went down 2-1 at Tottenham.

This season he served a three-match ban following his late red card for a foul on Gary Cahill at Crystal Palace.

He missed draws at home to West Brom and Burnley and another 2-1 reverse at Tottenham.