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PREVIEW: ALBION V AFC BOURNEMOUTH

1 January 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion play their second match in the space of just three days when they welcome AFC Bournemouth to the Amex this afternoon, kick-off 12.30pm.

TEAM NEWS:

Albion have no fresh injury concerns heading into the game, with Steve Sidwell (back) the only long-term absentee.

For Bournemouth, Jermain Defoe (broken ankle), Junior Stanislas (hamsting), Ben Smith (hip) and Tyrone Mings (back) are all ruled out. Joshua King is also a major doubt for the game after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Everton.

REVERSE FIXTURE:

Anthony Knockaert in action against Bournemouth

The Seagulls succumbed to a third league defeat of the season after a narrow 2-1 loss to the Cherries in Dorset in September.

Albion took a well-deserved lead in the match through Solly March, who headed home from a Pascal Gross cross, following some brilliant link-up play with Anthony Knockaert.

But Bournemouth struck back twice to seal all three points, as Andrew Surman latched onto Jordan Ibe’s back-heeled assist and fired his shot past Mathew Ryan.

Ibe then claimed another assist to play Defoe through on goal, and the latter produced a clinical low, driven finish to give the hosts a 2-1 win.

FORM:

ALBION: Chris Hughton’s men have claimed one win, one defeat and one draw in their last three games, following a 1-0 victory over Watford, a 2-0 loss to Chelsea and a goalless stalemate with Newcastle United.

The point secured at St James’ Park ensured Chris Hughton’s men ended a run of three consecutive defeats on the road, after they were also beaten 2-0 by Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur during December.

The win over Watford just before Christmas means the Seagulls head into today’s game searching for back-to-back home victories for the first time since September, when West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle were dispatched 3-1 and 1-0 respectively at the Amex.


AFC BOURNEMOUTH: Bournemouth head into the game following a 2-1 victory over Everton on Saturday, a result which ended a run of eight league matches without a win and moved the Cherries out of the bottom three into 14th.

The Cherries had endured a tough festive period before Saturday; a thrilling 3-3 draw with fellow relegation rivals West Ham United came after two heavy 4-0 defeats away at Manchester City and at home to Liverpool.

Despite an impressive performance against Manchester United, Eddie Howe’s men still left the north west empty handed with a 1-0 defeat. The month of December began with 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

NEWCASTLE 0

ALBION 0

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

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

LAST TIME OUT: AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Ryan Fraser celebrates scoring the first of his two goals.

LAST TIME OUT: AFC BOURNEMOUTH

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2
Fraser 33, 88

EVERTON 1
Gueye 57

Bournemouth line-up: Begovic; Francis, Cook, Ake, Smith; Ibe, Cook (Arter 78), Gosling, Fraser; King (Afobe 39); Wilson (Mousset 85).

Subs not used: Boruc (GK), Pugh, Daniels, Simpson.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson

Following a tough ten-month spell on the sidelines with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Wilson made his first start in the side back in October, scoring in a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup.

Since then, the 25-year-old has not looked back, with the highlight so far being his hat-trick in a 4-0 win over fellow strugglers Huddersfield back in November.

Wilson came to the Cherries’ rescue again on Boxing Day, when his last-minute strike ensured a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw with West Ham at the Vitality Stadium.

With Defoe ruled out for the foreseeable future with a broken ankle, Wilson is likely to lead the line for the match at the Amex.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2

1 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo in action against Bournemouth.
  • Knockaert gives Seagulls an early lead
  • Steve Cook equalises for AFC Bournemouth
  • Glenn Murray puts Albion back in front after the restart
  • Callum Wilson’s late goal means spoils are shared

Brighton & Hove Albion played out an eventful 2-2 New Year's Day draw with AFC Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium. 

An early strike from Anthony Knockaert was cancelled out by Steve Cook’s equalising header just after the half hour mark, before Glenn Murray put the hosts back in front at the start of the second half.

But Callum Wilson levelled again for the visitors 12 minutes from time and it ended honours even in Albion’s first game of 2018.

Chris Hughton made three changes for the visit of the Cherries to the Amex Stadium. Ezequiel Schelotto and Markus Suttner came into the side in the full-back positions, whilst Jose Izquierdo was given a starting berth on the left-hand side of midfield. 

It meant that Bruno and Solly March dropped to the Albion bench and Gaetan Bong was left out of the squad.

The hosts began the game on the front foot and were rewarded for their positive start after just five minutes.

Suttner exchanged passes with Pascal Gross who then found the run of Izquierdo in behind the visiting defence – and his drilled effort across goal allowed Knockaert to tap in at the far post.

The Seagulls went close again five minutes later as Dale Stephens played the ball down the line to Izquierdo. The Colombian winger quickly cut inside and sent a low effort bouncing just wide of Asmir Begovic’s left-hand post.

Bournemouth then went close when Charlie Daniels’ intelligent ball into the area was flicked wide by forward Wilson, before both Murray and Davy Propper saw shots blocked in quick succession as Hughton’s men remained in the ascendency. 

Two minutes before the half-hour mark the hosts went close once more.

Murray won possession back in the middle of the field and found Gross. The German midfielder laid it back into the striker’s path but Begovic did well to tip the effort wide and away from danger from a tight angle. 

Shortly afterwards the visitors did draw level through defender Cook. The former Seagulls man rose highest to meet a corner from the right and glanced the ball into the far corner of the net.

The home side went agonisingly close to retaking the lead three minutes before the interval when Murray and Gross combined well to present Izquierdo with a chance inside the six-yard box, but Begovic blocked the winger’s effort from close range. Ryan then saved from Marc Pugh as an entertaining half came to a close. 

Hughton’s men started the second half well, as they had done in the first, and were soon back in front.

Gross ran forward and played the ball to Izquierdo who had made a clever run in behind Adam Smith. The winger then unselfishly squared the ball to Murray in the centre who took a touch before coolly finding the net.

The Seagulls continued to probe for another goal as the game reached the hour mark, with Gross and Shane Duffy both seeing efforts from close range blocked in quick succession, before Eddie Howe introduced Nathan Ake for Pugh. 

Lys Mousset then replaced Benik Afobe as the visitors made their second switch, before Izquierdo ran nearly enough the length of the pitch before firing straight at Begovic as the Seagulls caught the Cherries on the counter attack.

Dan Gosling then replaced Harry Arter as Bournemouth made their final switch and Ryan denied Jordon Ibe from distance as the Australian saved down to his right-hand side.

The impressive Schelotto withdrew through injury and was replaced by Bruno as Albion made their first change with 15 minutes left to play – but the visitors would soon draw level once more as Wilson bundled home after a scramble in the Albion penalty area.

Izzy Brown replaced the influential Gross with three minutes of normal time left to play, and Murray picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Daniels.

Three additional minutes were signalled at the end of the contest with both sides still going in search of a winning goal – but neither could muster another opportunity and the game ended all square. 

Albion line-up: Ryan, Schelotto (Bruno 77), Dunk ©, Duffy, Suttner, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Brown 87), Murray. 

Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Kayal, March, Hemed. 

AFC Bournemouth line-up:  Begovic, Smith, Francis ©, Cook, Daniels, Pugh (Ake 59), Arter (Gosling 71), L. Cook, Ibe, Wilson, Afobe (Mousset 65).

 

Subs not used: Boruc, Surman, Butcher, Simpson.

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Ticket News

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BOURNEMOUTH

29 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
The Premier League ball before kick-off at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion fans are advised that the Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth at the Amex on New Year's Day is expected to sell out very soon.

A small number of seats are available from returns via the season ticket exchange and a limited number of lounge access seats are still available for £95 each, plus a booking fee.

Tickets are on general sale and can be purchased online at seagullstickets.com or by calling 0844 327 1901.

Those supporters that have purchased tickets for Monday’s game are advised to arrive early, as public transport and the park & ride facilities are expected to be busier than usual.

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