Brighton v West Ham preview: Leonardo Ulloa makes Amex return
Last Updated: 03/02/18 1:48pm
Leonardo Ulloa could start for Brighton when they host injury-hit West Ham on Saturday.
The striker has returned to the Seagulls on loan from Leicester, having spent 18 months with the club in 2013/14.
He came on as a substitute in the midweek draw with Southampton and is looking forward to returning to the Amex Stadium.
"I can't wait because I always feel really good when I play there - it feels like a home and it will be a special feeling," he said. "It's amazing, and the fans were so good, and now I'm expecting them to be the same as they were three years ago on Saturday against West Ham.
"They gave me a great reception at Southampton, they were singing my name and they were amazing."
Brighton are 15th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone and without a league win this year.
West Ham have lost just once in their last 10 Premier League matches but are without several first-team players.
Brighton captain Bruno has been passed fit after missing the last three matches to rest a minor back problem.
New signing Jurgen Locadia has begun training after a hamstring injury but is not match fit, while Jiri Skalak and Steve Sidwell (both ankle) are sidelined.
Michail Antonio could return for West Ham after missing the midweek draw with Newcastle due to disciplinary reasons.
Arthur Masuaku is suspended but Jose Fonte and Winston Reid could return from injury. Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Pedro Obiang are out.
Brighton won both previous home top-flight encounters against West Ham, doing so in 1981/82 and 1982/83.
West Ham have already lost three Premier League games against newly-promoted sides this season (twice against Newcastle, once against Brighton) - they have only lost four in a season once before, doing so in 2006/07.
Brighton have scored just five goals in their last 13 Premier League games, failing to find the net on nine occasions in that run.
Mark Noble has scored in three of his last six Premier League appearances (3 goals), after a run of 18 games without a goal. Indeed, Noble's penalty in midweek, made him the 11th player in Premier League history to score 20 or more from the spot.
Glenn Murray has scored four of Brighton's last six goals in all competitions, including each of the last three.
Brighton started brilliantly against Southampton and while they ended up with a draw, it was probably a good point in the end. I also watched them against Chelsea and they were so unlucky to lose 4-0. Looking at West Ham, they've got a few injury problems at the moment and it could be a bit of a struggle for them at the Amex.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)