West Ham United – Brighton & Hove Albion: Makeshift Lineups Lead to Goalless Draw (0-0)
Heading into this game, both West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion were without several key players. While Brighton dominated the proceedings, West Ham displayed defensive resilience. But this clash was an intriguing tactical battle, as it shed light on how De Zerbi adjusted his approach after David Moyes got the better of him last time out.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.
David Moyes and Roberto De Zerbi may have different coaching philosophies, yet what stands out is their belief in their respective ideologies, while showing recurrent efficiency that has seen them compete with the big boys.
When these two sides last met, Moyes’ men showcased a masterclass in defending in a medium-block and executed ruthless efficiency on the break. West Ham are also currently riding on a wave of confidence with four wins in five Premier League games, including notable victories against Manchester United and Arsenal during the festive fixtures.
However, Moyes faces challenges, with Mohammed Kudus heading to the African Cup of Nations, Lucas Paquetá ruled out, and injuries sidelining Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd. Consequently, he once again turned to Angelo Ogbonna and Konstantinos Mavropanos in the heart of the defense, while Saïd Benrahma and Pablo Fornals stepped in for Kudus and Paquetá in an otherwise unchanged midfield. The in-form Jarrod Bowen continued to lead the attack . . .