To get the lowdown on Albion’s opponents, West Ham, I spoke to Jim Salveson, Who runs the Sport Social Podcast Network, a place where sport audio content creators can grow and monetise their podcast.

He is also a journalist, presenter and most importantly a Hammers fan:

What have you made of West Ham’s season?

Its far outstripped anything I was expecting.

In fact, that probably understates it hugely. Going into this season I was bracing myself for a relegation battle and I’m still not 100% sure why that hasn’t been the case.

I think full credit has to go to David Moyes or what he has done at the club not only bringing the best out of a team of players who for the large part were underperforming but by implementing a clear (and pretty attractive) playing style that we’ve not had at the club in years.

What I’m most impressed with is how the team has coped with injuries.

My big fear going into the season was that the thread bear squad could be in real trouble if we suffered injuries in certain positions.

Whilst that has happened (Declan Rice and Michail Antonio) it hasn’t had nearly the impact I thought it would. Players have stepped up to the plate and filled in brilliantly.

Will they finish in the top four?

Nope. I think we’re just a bit far off top four this season but that shouldn’t be seen as a negative as its amazing we were even competing at that level.

I think if there had been a little more investment in the squad in the January window when Sebastian Haller left then we could have been in a real position to steal that fourth spot but I think the recent form of Chelsea and resurgence of Liverpool will mean were not in that race come the final day.

That said, we have the best run in of all the clubs and with Antonio back and Rice available we’ve given ourselves as chance.

What have fans made of the job that David Moyes has done?

I think fans were 50/50 on his appointment (to put it generously) but I find it hard to see how many fans could find a single complaint to level at the job Moyes has done this season.

Tactically he’s adapted well to the teams we’ve faced and the injury issues we’ve had.

From a coaching perspective there has been real improvement in certain members of the team and from a performance level I think most Hammer would have bitten your arm off for a top10 place this season and not even considered a top four.

I also like this approach to the transfer market at Manchester United he once said (I think) that he treated a transfer budget like it was his own cash.

Whilst that might not work at a rich club like United at a club with, lets say less generous owners, as West Ham it means that the budget is being spent wisely.

As a club we have wasted lots of money over the years on players who have not performed and frustrating as it is that sometimes players aren’t bought in when it feels its needed I also think the long-term plan and desire to get the right characters into the team is a positive move for the future.

Who will Albion need to keep a close eye on?

Its hard to ignore Jessie Lingard at the moment in terms of danger man.

The Argus:

He has been a revelation since moving from Manchester United.

I was one of the voices who didn’t think he would work at West Ham but he instantly proved me wrong from the moment he pulled on a shirt.

His contribution in terms of assists and goals since he arrived can be questions. What has really impressed me however is his pace and fitness, something I didn’t clock at his time at Old Trafford.

He works super hard and presses from the front – he’s been a key asset this season and will be a real danger for Brighton.

How will they line-up?

I think we’ll still see a fairy offensive 4-2-3-1 line up : Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lingard, Benrahma, Antonio.

What will the score be?

I think it’ll be fairly cagey but now Brighton have nothing to play for I can see a West Ham win as they will be the more motivated.

If West Ham can get an early goal they might get a few but failing that I’m going for 1-0 to the Hammers.