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28 December 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion play their third game in a busy festive period when they take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls couldn’t make it two wins from two games after beating Watford 1-0 at the Amex before Christmas, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

Albion took the points when the Magpies visited the Amex earlier this season, with Tomer Hemed’s second-half goal winning it for Chris Hughton’s team.

Newcastle head into the game on the back of five consecutive defeats at St James’ Park - most recently losing 1-0 to the current Premier League leaders, Manchester City.


Izzy Brown will be available for selection again after missing the Boxing Day visit to his parent club Chelsea, and Steve Sidwell (back) remains the only absentee for the Seagulls.

For Newcastle, midfielder Isaac Hayden is nearing a return to action after picking up a knock against West Ham United, but full-back Jesus Gamez (ankle) and striker Aleksandar Mirtovic (back) are expected to miss out.


The Seagulls sealed back-to-back home victories in September with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Magpies on the south coast, following their first-ever Premier League win, against West Bromwich Albion.

Pascal Gross floated a free-kick to Dale Stephens at the back post, and after the midfielder headed down into the path of Hemed, the Israeli striker slammed home to leave Newcastle empty-handed.


ALBION: Hughton’s side are searching for their first away point since taking maximum points against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium at the beginning of November.

A goalless draw against Burnley ended a run of three consecutive defeats for the Seagulls, before they sealed victory over Watford at the Amex last Saturday.

But Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge continued Albion’s search for another victory on the road, with goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso winning it for the Blues.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Rafa Benitez’s team were edged out by Manchester City in the north-east on Wednesday evening, but the Magpies had previously beaten West Ham 3-2 at the London Stadium.

Four consecutive defeats came before their narrow win over the Hammers - a run that included games against Chelsea, Leicester City, Everton and Arsenal.

Newcastle’s last home victory came against Crystal Palace towards the end of October, but five defeats have followed and the Magpies will be looking to turn their form around against Albion on Saturday.


Morata 46
Alonso 60


Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; March (Knockaert 82), Propper, Stephens, Kayal (Gross 73), Izquierdo; Hemed (Murray 79).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Baldock



Sterling 31

Newcastle United line-up: Elliot; Yedlin, Mbemba (Merino 77), Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo; Aarons (Atsu 71), Diame, Shelvey, Murphy; Joselu (Gayle 62).

Subs not used: Darlow (GK), Clark, Ritchie, Perez.


After making a number of substitute appearances at the beginning of the season, the forward has played a bigger part in Newcastle’s campaign in recent weeks, scoring three goals in four consecutive starts for the club.

Gayle’s first Premier League goal of the season came against Manchester United at Old Trafford, before the frontman also found the back of the net against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

His third goal of the campaign came against Leicester City at St James’ Park, but the Magpies are yet to win a game this season when the forward has scored.

Benitez gave the striker a rest against Manchester City on Wednesday - playing just 15 minutes at the end of the game - and the 27-year-old could be recalled after benefitting from a small break.

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Match Reports


30 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert in action against Newcastle United
  • Albion claim a point at St James’ Park
  • Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk go closest for Albion
  • Mathew Ryan makes two smart second-half saves
  • Seagulls stay 12th in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park.

An even contest in Albion’s final game of 2017 saw both sides cancel one another out in the final third and Chris Hughton’s men put in a disciplined away performance to take a point away from the north east. 

Chris Hughton made five changes for the visit to Tyneside - Bruno and Gaetan Bong returned in the full-back positions, whilst Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross returned to the midfield.

Glenn Murray also came back into the side after being used as a late substitute against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, as he replaced Tomer Hemed in attack for the Seagulls – it meant it was the same Albion starting eleven that had faced Burnley at the Amex Stadium in the 0-0 draw a fortnight earlier in the Premier League.

The start to the game saw Knockaert looking dangerous in the hole and on eight minutes his whipped cross from right had to be headed behind for a corner by Ciaran Clark in the centre and the resulting set-piece was taken off the head of the arriving Lewis Dunk by home captain Jamal Lascelles.

Dale Stephens fed a pass into the feet of Glenn Murray moments later – the striker stylishly flicked it round the corner but the ball was intercepted before reaching the run of Pascal Gross in-behind.

Tormentor in chief Gross then saw his corner headed goalwards by Shane Duffy before the German’s deft flick released Solly March, but the midfielder saw his cross crowded out.

Mathew Ryan was called into action for the first time just after 20 minutes when Mikel Merino found the run of Dwight Gayle, but the Australian saved well from a tight angle before gathering the rebound.

Bruno forayed forward and crossed low into the area, and the ball was picked up by Knockaert who twisted and turned before seeing a deflected shot end up in the grateful hands of Karl Darlow in the home goal.

Another Gross corner then bounced around the area and eventually fell to Duffy, but the central defender could only volley over as he leaned back when taking the shot.

The Irishman then headed narrowly over via the same combination from an identical set-piece, as Albion’s probing play looking for the opening goal of the afternoon went unrewarded and referee Anthony Taylor blew for half-time.

The hosts came quickly out of the blocks after the break and Ryan had to be alert to deny Isaac Hayden, as the midfielder’s shot deflected off Lewis Dunk and into the keeper’s path.

Propper then got to the byline and found Gross – the midfielder was crowded out and then the former’s cross was too strong for Murray in the area. 

Gross then whipped a wicked free-kick from a good position into the arms of Darlow, before Murray flicked March’s cross from the left wide as the forward was forced away from goal. 

Ryan was called into action once more when Gayle met Christian Atsu’s cross from the left, but the Australian was once again on hand to deny the hosts with a smart stop.

Andre Yedlin then picked up the first yellow card of the game on the hour for a foul on  March and Tomer Hemed then replaced Murray, as Albion made their first change.

With just over 20 minutes, to play the visitors fashioned their best opportunity of the match. Gross’s corner was headed back across goal by Duffy and central defensive partner Dunk’s effort was clawed away by Darlow. 

Rafael Benitez introduced Ayoze Perez for Matt Ritchie, and Jonjo Shelvey for Moreno with a quarter of the second period remaining, before Jacob Murphy entered the action with five minutes left to play as the game looked to be heading for a stalemate conclusion. 

The scores stayed level until the end, and despite the fourth official indicating three minutes of added time, neither side could find a winning goal and the spoils were shared. 

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross, Murray (Hemed 60).

Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal, Izquierdo, Baldock.

Newcastle United line-up: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles ©, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Perez 72), Hayden, Merino (Shelvey 76), Atsu, Gayle, Joselu (Murphy 84).

Subs not used: Woodman, Manquillo, Mbemba, Diame.

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Ticket News


22 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion fans at St James' Park last season.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be providing all 2,200 travelling supporters making the 700-mile round trip to Newcastle United, a special voucher for a "pie/hot dog and a soft drink/bottle of beer” on arrival at St James' Park.

The club was keen to reward Albion supporters for their continuous backing of the team, in what is one of the club’s longest away trips of the season.

Albion chief executive, Paul Barber, said, “The fixture calendar wasn’t too kind to us for this particular away game between Christmas and New Year but, despite this, we will still be taking over 2,000 supporters to Newcastle, with some fans boarding coaches very early on Saturday morning and not returning back to Brighton until the early hours of New Year’s Eve.

“Our fans have provided great support to Chris, his staff, and our players on the road all season, but this very long road trip at an expensive time of year and in challenging travel conditions, represents an extra special effort to get behind the team for an important away game, so we wanted to make a small gesture as a special thanks to our travelling supporters.”

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