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PREVIEW: LEICESTER V ALBION

17 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens in action for Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion visit the home of the 2015/16 Premier League Champions on Saturday, as they play their opening away fixture of the season against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Seagulls began with a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City last weekend, despite holding Pep Guardiola’s team for 70 minutes, and Chris Hughton’s side will now look to secure their first points of the season against the Foxes.

After going off injured in Albion’s opening fixture, Izzy Brown has gone back to his parent club Chelsea to be assessed, meaning he will miss this weekend’s clash with the Foxes.

Otherwise, there are no fresh injury concerns for Hughton, who will again be without striker Sam Baldock (calf) and Beram Kayal (fibula), with the Israeli expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

For the Foxes, Danny Drinkwater will be hoping to return to the side after missing his team’s opener with a thigh strain, while Vicente Iborra is expected to miss out with a groin problem.

Robert Huth is also doubtful for Saturday’s game, as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

FORM:

ALBION

The first Premier League fixture in the club’s history ended in defeat last Saturday, as Manchester City’s star-studded team arrived at the Amex and secured a 2-0 victory.

Summer signings Mathew Ryan, Markus Suttner, Brown, Davy Propper and Pascal Gross all made their league debuts for the Seagulls, as Hughton’s new-look team took to the field in front of a sell-out crowd at the Amex.

After keeping their opponents at bay for 70 minutes, Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock for the visitors, before Lewis Dunk’s unfortunate own goal made it 2-0 five minutes later.

The Seagulls created chances before Aguero’s clinical finish, as Shane Duffy shot narrowly wide of the post and Davy Propper went close with a drilled effort from outside the box.

But Albion’s wait for their first Premier League points of the season continued, as they now look ahead to their visit to the King Power Stadium.

LEICESTER

The Foxes came up against Arsenal in their opening game of the season, and it proved a thrilling contest between the sides, which ended in a 4-3 victory for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

After conceding early on, Craig Shakespeare’s team overturned the scoreline with strikes from Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy, before the North London club drew level on the stroke of half-time.

Vardy then put the Foxes in front for a second time, but two late strikes in the closing stages ensured the Gunners would open their Premier League account with three points, as the East Midlands side went home empty-handed.

LAST TIME OUT:

ALBION 0

MANCHESTER CITY 2
Aguero 70
Dunk (og) 75

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Suttner; Brown (Murphy 24), Stephens, Propper, March (Knockaert 75); Gross; Hemed (Murray 60).

Subs: Maenpaa (GK), Rosenior, Huenemeier, Sidwell.


ARSENAL 4
Lacazette 2
Welbeck 45+2
Ramsey 83
Giroud 85

LEICESTER 3
Okazaki 5
Vardy 29, 56

Leicester line-up: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maquire, Fuchs; Mahrez, James (Iheanacho 82), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 88); Okazaki (Amartey 72), Vardy.

Subs: Hamer (GK), Chilwell, King, Slimani.



PLAYER TO WATCH:
Jamie Vardy

After forging a career in the lower leagues, the striker shot to fame after joining Leicester City in 2012 and helping them to an astonishing Premier League title win four years later, as he scored 24 goals that season.

Vardy is well-known for his electrifying pace, as the Foxes have used him as the focal point of their counter attacks in recent seasons, which has proved an effective strategy for the East Midlands club.

The forward backed up his impressive 2015/16 goal tally with another 13 goals last season, and opened his account for this season with a brace against Arsenal on the opening day.

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Match Reports

REPORT: LEICESTER 2 ALBION 0

19 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray in action against Leicester.
  • Goals from Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire give Leicester victory
  • Albion are beaten for a second time in two games
  • Glenn Murray has an effort ruled out for offside
  • The Seagulls travel to Watford next Saturday


It was altogether different opposition and certainly a contrasting style of play to contend with, but Brighton & Hove Albion’s second Premier League outing again ended in defeat.
 
Last week the Seagulls made their top-flight bow against title favourites Manchester City, who dominated the ball for long spells at the Amex. This time it was the Albion who had more of the possession as the away team, but who finished on the back of the same 0-2 scoreline.
 
A big positive from the performance last Saturday was the tight rearguard action that kept the visitors at bay for 70 minutes, but it was an altogether different scenario against Leicester City, where the hosts were ahead inside the opening minute.
 
Caught out by a trademark Foxes counter-attack, winger Riyad Mahrez cut in from the right flank and his low shot was parried by Albion keeper Maty Ryan. On hand inside the six-yard box was Shinji Okazaki, who reacted first to sweep home his second goal in two games.
 
Lifted by their dream start, Jamie Vardy missed a good opportunity to extend the lead as the hosts continued to search for a second; but Albion managed to weather the storm and gradually got a foothold in the game with some tidy patterns of play.
 
Indeed, Glenn Murray had the ball in the back of the net on 24 minutes when he let the ball drop over his shoulder before drilling past Kasper Schmeichel, but replays showed him a good yard offside when he met Solly March’s cross.

Albion also had strong claims for a penalty soon after when Jamie Murphy’s drilled effort hit a combination of Wes Morgan’s arm and chest, but referee Lee Probert waved play on.
 
Leicester, happy to play on the break, thought they had doubled their lead shortly before the interval when Vardy cut the ball back from the right-hand side of the box, but the onrushing Okazaki flashed his effort narrowly wide of the target.
 
The Seagulls started the second half in the ascendancy, dominating possession while looking assured on the ball, but it was the Foxes who delivered a sucker-punch when Harry Maguire rose to head home a Mahrez corner with 55 minutes on the clock.
 
Albion’s first opportunity of the half came eight minutes later when Murray failed to connect with a March cross, so to provide fresh attacking impetus, Chris Hughton sent on Anthony Knockaert, who received a rapturous reception from both sets of fans.
 
The introduction of the Frenchman certainly triggered the Seagulls into a sustained spell of forward pressure, with fellow sub Tomer Hemed forcing a good save out of Schmeichel with a 20-yard effort.
 
March also brought a save out of the Leicester keeper but, unfortunately, it was a bridge too far for the side to get anything out of the game.
 
Albion will, however, take heart from the way they played in the second half as they continue their Premier League journey with a trip to Watford next on the agenda.

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Ticket News

LEICESTER TICKETS ON SALE

20 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
The King Power Stadium.

UPDATE: Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s match away at Leicester City have now SOLD OUT.
 
The match takes place at the King Power Stadium on Saturday 19th August, kick-off 3pm.
 
Albion season-ticket holders with 234 season-ticket holder points can secure their tickets 9am online and 2pm via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901* or in person at the ticket office from 2pm.
 
Albion season-ticket holders with 188 season-ticket holder points will be able to purchase their tickets the following Thursday 20th July, before the game is opened up to all season-ticket holders on Tuesday 25th July.
 
Any remaining tickets will be available to Seagulls Priority Bronze and Young Seagulls Plus members with 12 member points can secure their seats on Thursday 27th July.
 
The game will then be opened up to all remaining Seagulls Priority members on Friday 28th July. The same times of 9am for online and 2pm for telephone and in-person sales apply to all purchasing windows.
 
Albion fans have an allocation of 3,300 tickets, priced as follows:

Adults - £30
Seniors 65+ - £25
Under-22s - £25
Under-18s - £20
Under-12s - £10

There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases.
 
Seagull Travel are running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings can be found here, along with prices.

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