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PREVIEW: ALBION V WATFORD

21 December 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion play their first reverse fixture in the Premier League against Watford on Saturday afternoon, as Marco Silva’s team head to the Amex Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls drew 0-0 with the Hornets earlier this season, as they picked up their first Premier League point at Vicarage Road, but Chris Hughton’s team will be hoping to take all three this time around.

Albion sit 13th in the league table after 18 games, while the visitors occupy tenth position, four points ahead of the Seagulls in the lead up to Saturday’s meeting on the south coast.

TEAM NEWS:

Albion defender Shane Duffy is unavailable for the match after collecting his fifth booking of the season against Burnley last week, which means Uwe Huenemeier or Connor Goldson stand in line to make their first Premier League start.

Steve Sidwell (back) remains the only player out injured for the Seagulls, in an otherwise fully-fit squad that Hughton has to pick from.

Watford have three players missing due to suspension - Troy Deeney, Marvin Zeegelaar and Abdoulaye Doucoure - and also have a number of players sidelined with injuries.

Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes (both hamstring), Stefano Okaka (calf), Younes Kaboul (thigh), Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathcart and Tommie Hoban (all knee) all remain sidelined, while Miguel Britos (bruised foot) and Isaac Success (foot) remain are doubts for the game.




REVERSE FIXTURE:

The Seagulls travelled to Vicarage Road after losing their opening two league games of the season against Manchester City and Leicester City, but their first Premier League point and clean sheet came before the first international break.

Miguel Britos was given his marching orders in the 24th minute for a late challenge on Anthony Knockaert, and despite the Frenchman hitting the post for Hughton's team, in a positive display, Albion were unable to find a winning goal and had to settle for a point.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls ended a three-game run of defeats with a goalless draw against Burnley at the Amex last weekend, but it could have been all three points had Glenn Murray converted a first-half penalty.

Hughton’s team have only lost two of their nine home fixtures this season, with four consecutive draws coming at the Amex prior to their defeat against Liverpool at the start of December.


WATFORD: The Hornets head to the Amex having lost their last three games against Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace and Burnley, most recently losing 4-1 to the Terriers at Vicarage Road.

Silva’s team drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the month, and recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park towards the end of November.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

BURNLEY 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (Izquierdo 83), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Brown 75); Murray (Hemed 63).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal.


LAST TIME OUT: WATFORD



WATFORD 1
Doucoure 68

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 4
Kachunga 6
Mooy 23, 89 (pen)
Depoitre 50

Watford line-up: Gomes; Kabasele, Prodl, Mariappa (Pereyra 29); Janmaat, Holebas (Okaka 82), Capoue (Gray 64), Doucoure; Carrillo, Deeney, Richarlison.

Subs not used: Karnezis (GK), Wague, Watson, Sinclair.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Richarlison

The Brazilian winger arrived from Fluminense this summer on a five-year deal for over £11m and marked his first league start with a goal against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium..

Richarlison has caught the eye with a number of impressive performances in the Premier League this season, as he’s become known for his pace and trickery down the wing.

The 20-year-old has claimed five assists and scored five goals so far this campaign, starting the last 17 of Watford 18 Premier League fixtures, after coming off the bench on the opening day of the season.

Watford’s number 11 has a promising future ahead of him. With three goals in ten appearances for Brazil’s under-20 team as well, the winger will be hoping to make an impression for the Hornets this season and push for a call-up to his nation’s senior squad.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 1 WATFORD 0

23 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross is the highest scoring Albion player in Fantasy Football so far this term.
  • Pascal Gross nets his fourth of the season
  • Connor Goldson makes Premier League debut
  • Albion pick up first home win since September
  • Seagulls sit 12th in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded a vital 1-0 home win over Watford on Saturday afternoon at the Amex Stadium. 

A second-half strike from Pascal Gross on 63 minutes - his fourth goal of the campaign - was the difference in a game that the hosts dominated on the south coast.

Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Burnley seven days earlier at the Amex. Gaeten Bong, Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy dropped out of the side – the latter through suspension.

Connor Goldson made his first Premier League start of the season, and Markus Suttner and Tomer Hemed also came into the starting 11. 

The first chance of the game came four minutes into the contest, when Propper found Hemed in behind, and after the striker took it round Christian Kabasele, his dragged effort went across the goalmouth and almost found Anthony Knockaert at the far post.

The Frenchman weaved his way to the byline in the immediate aftermath of the chance, but his cutback couldn’t find a blue-and-white shirt as the visitors hacked the ball clear. 

The hosts continued to press as Gross shot over the bar, before Bruno got all the way into the area and Propper volleyed over on the bounce after the Spaniard’s cross into the area. 

Solly March then delivered a great cross that was just out of reach of Hemed in the middle, and Roberto Pereyra volleyed wide from Cleverley’s corner as Watford fashioned their first chance of the afternoon. 

The Seagulls went even closer to going ahead on the half-hour mark, as Dale Stephens swung in a fantastic corner from the left-hand side that was met by the head of Goldson at the far post.

The defender headed the ball down towards goal but Heurelho Gomes palmed away the centre-back’s effort and the scores remained level.

Knockaert then countered well and cut inside before firing straight at Gomes, before there was a late talking point in the half.

Hemed found himself through on goal and felt as though he was bundled over by Kabasele – the referee waved away home protests and that was the last of a half where Albion had held much of the ascendency.

Three minutes after the restart Hemed went close once more. A stylish exchange with Propper on the near touchline set the striker away, and when Knockaert squared him back the ball after a quick counter, he fired over the bar.

Goldson headed Gross’ corner from the left wide and Richarlison stung the palms of Maty Ryan at the other end as the game continued with a greater openness than in the first half.

But three minutes after the hour mark Albion got the breakthrough that their dominance had deserved.

Stephens did well to win possession in the centre of the field and find the run of Hemed, who then laid it into the feet of Gross.

The German midfielder took two touches to steady himself before cutting in onto his right foot and firing a low shot past Gomes to net his fourth of the season. 

The midfielder soon delivered another superb delivery from a corner, this time it was met by the head of Lewis Dunk who headed agonisingly wide as some fans thought his header was about to hit the back of the net and double the side’s advantage. 

Hemed turned sharply in the area and was the next to see an effort fly narrowly wide, before the visitors then made three changes inside seven minutes as the game approached it’s final stages. 

The goalscorer was then withdrawn for Beram Kayal, and Knockaert fired into the side netting following a pass from Hemed as the clock ticked nearer to the final whistle. The Israeli forward was substituted for Murray with four minutes remaining as the replacement made his 200th appearance for the club.

Jose Izquierdo then replaced March as the fourth official indicated three minutes of added time, and Albion secured a deserved victory in their first game of four over nine days in this busy festive period with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge up next on Boxing Day.

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno ©, Goldson, Dunk, Suttner, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March (Izquierdo 90), Gross (Kayal 82), Hemed (Murray 86).

Subs not used: Krul, Huenemeier, Schelotto, Baldock. 

Watford line-up: Gomes ©, Janmaat, Prodl, Kabasele, Holebas, Cleverley, Watson (Capoue 73), Carrillo, Pereyra (Sinclair 70), Richarlison, Gray (Okaka 77).

Subs not used: Bachman, Mariappa, Wague, Folivi. 

LOTTERY RESULTS

1901 CLUB LOTTERY

1ST PRIZE £1000 111425
2ND PRIZE       110730
3RD PRIZE       112351
4TH PRIZE       111150
5TH PRIZE       108920


ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £600 2585
2ND £50  3729
3RD £25  4912

1ST GOAL TIME 64TH MIN

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V WATFORD

22 December 2017

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief for Albion v Watford.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Watford to the Amex on Saturday 23rd December, with kick-off at 3pm.

Earlier this season, Albion secured their first Premier League point away at Vicarage Road. The last time Watford visited the Amex was in April 2015, the day that the Hornets secured promotion to the Premier League.

Travel update

All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.

Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full matchday service, but fans are advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.

Park & Rides: The three sites at Mill Road, the University of Brighton at Lewes Road and Brighton Racecourse are open from 12pm.

Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. All vehicles entering Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.

Drop-Offs & Pick-Ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way either before or after the match. This area will be extremely busy and congested. Unless they have pre-booked parking, supporters are advised to avoid this area where possible.

Car park 5, at Sussex University by the Sports Hall, is being utilised for fans to be dropped off and picked up before and after the match. This drop-off /pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium. There are also free shuttle buses in operation.

Seagull Travel: Additional buses and spaces are available to pre-book through Albion's official travel partner, Seagull Travel. Seagull Travel collects from over 120 pick-up locations covering East and West Sussex as well as locations across Hampshire, Kent and Surrey. For a full list of pick-up locations please visit www.seagull-travel.co.uk.

Opening and closing times

The club shop will open at 9am and close at 6pm. The shop is also closed during the match.

The ticket office will open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will reopen after the match until 5.30pm.

Dick’s Bar is open from 12pm until kick-off and then after the match until 7.30pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open two hours before kick-off at 1pm. Post-match, the East/South/West concourses will close at 6.30pm and the North Stand concourse at 7.30pm.

The 1901 Club lounges will open at 12.30pm, with HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant also opening at this time.

The Harvey’s Lounge, Hendy Lounge, Chandlers BMW Lounge, Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge, Mansell McTaggart Lounge, Heineken Lounge, Rivervale Lounge and South stand boxes close at 6.30pm.

HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant close at 7pm.

The Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge, italk Lounge and West Stand boxes will close at 7.30pm.


Fanzone

Upon arrival, fans will be greeted by the Dumb Waiters on the Bandstand until 2.15pm. The outside bars and food outlets will be open from 12pm until 2.15pm.

In the Family Stand, both the Photobooth and Virtual Reality headsets will be available for fans to enjoy.

On the stadium TV screens in the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses we will be showing both El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona (12pm kick-off) and Everton against Chelsea (12.30pm kick-off).

Ticket office

General admission tickets for the visit of Watford have sold out. A limited number of lounge access seats are available for £95 each, plus a booking fee.

Tickets are still available for the visit of AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day. Fans looking to purchase tickets for this match are advised to book in advance online at seagullstickets.com.

 

Seagulls Superstore

A limited number of home shirts are still available ahead of Christmas, though we advise supporters to purchase shirts ahead of matchday at seagullsdirect.co.uk to avoid long queues and waiting times.

Those in need of a last-minute gift will find a huge range of presents and stocking fillers available in the Seagulls Superstore, though early arrival is recommended as the store is expected to be very busy in the build up to kick-off.

The two external retail outlets, situated at the south-east approach t-junction and north-west corner will be open, stocking a range of souvenirs.

Supporters wishing to gets shirts printed are advised this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times.

1901 Club

A limited number of hospitality spaces for this fixture are still available in HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant. To book or upgrade for future fixtures contact the 1901 Club team on 01273 878 278 or via email commercial@bhafc.co.uk.

Lounge Dress Code

We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.

Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes. Please note ripped jeans, shorts and flip flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.

Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable.

Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away team colours or shirts are not permitted in any circumstances. Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to re-seat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

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