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PREVIEW: ALBION V CHELSEA

18 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion welcome Chelsea to the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton & Hove Albion come up against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at the Amex on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 12.30pm.

The Seagulls head into the match unbeaten in four games at the Amex, but were beaten 2-0 against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last time out.

Chelsea drew 0-0 against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but Antonio Conte’s men are undefeated in four successive away trips in league and cup competitions.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday's game, with Steve Sidwell (back and ankle) the only long-term absentee.

Alvaro Morata and Pedro will both miss Saturday's game through suspension, after the pair picked up red cards in the club's penalty-shootout victory over Norwich City.

Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are both doubts for the match after missing Wednesday's Emirates FA Cup third round replay at Stamford Bridge.




REVERSE FIXTURE:

The Seagulls made their first Premier League visit to Stamford Bridge and the game was goalless at the break, after Hughton’s team frustrated their opponents and defended in numbers.

But a Morata header soon after the re-start broke the deadlock for the hosts, before Marcos Alonso added a second to secure all three points for the Blues on Boxing Day.


FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls claimed a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup at the Amex before last weekend’s disappointing defeat to the Baggies.

Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray found the back of the net against the Eagles, but headers from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson made the difference in a 2-0 win for the West Midlanders in the Premier League.

A 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth came beforehand at the Amex, as Hughton’s team were denied all three points after Callum Wilson’s late strike.

Albion recovered from their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Boxing Day with a hard-fought goalless draw against Newcastle United at St James’ Park before the New Year.

CHELSEA:

The Blues secured their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, thanks to a penalty-shootout victory against Norwich, after the teams couldn't be separated after 210 minutes of play.

Beforehand, Chelsea drew three consecutive games 0-0 in both league and cup competitions, including a goalless draw with Leicester City in the Premier League.

Conte’s men were unable to break the deadlock in cup games against the Canaries and Arsenal, and were denied all three points late on when they met the Gunners in the league.

The west London side added to their Boxing Day victory over the Seagulls with another five goals, as they tore apart Stoke City and recorded an impressive 5-0 win at Stamford Bridge.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2
Evans 4
Dawson 55

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;  Knockaert, Stephens, Propper (Kayal 76), Izquierdo (March 45), Gross (Baldock 65), Murray.

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


LAST TIME OUT: CHELSEA



CHELSEA 0

LEICESTER CITY 0

Chelsea line-up: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (Christensen 33), Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas (Willian 58), Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard (Pedro 58), Morata.

Subs not used: Caballero (GK), Luiz, Zappacosta, Batshuayi.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Marcos Alonso

The Spaniard joined the Blues from Fiorentina in August 2016 for an estimated £24 million - and the 27-year-old played an integral part in the club's recapture of the Premier League trophy.

The attacking full-back scored six goals in 31 appearances for Chelsea last season, as the London club introduced a new formation that saw them convert to a three-at-the-back and two forward-thinking wing-backs.

Alonso has continued his impressive form this season, already matching the six goals he notched last campaign - including Chelsea's second goal in the 2-0 Boxing Day victory over Albion.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 0 CHELSEA 4

20 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Solly March in action against Chelsea.
  • Early goals from Eden Hazard and Willian put Chelsea in control 
  • Seagulls go close for remainder of first half
  • Davy Propper rattles woodwork in second period
  • Hazard and Victor Moses score late on to seal victory for the champions

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Willian in the first few minutes put the visitors in the ascendency, and despite Albion’s spirited efforts to get back into the contest, it was the champions who sealed all three points from a game full of talking points when Hazard added gloss to the scoreline with a second goal in the 77th minute. Midfielder Victor Moses then made it 4-0 in the last minute of normal time.

Chris Hughton made five changes to the side who fell to defeat at West Brom with Ezequiel Schelotto, Markus Suttner, Connor Goldson, Solly March and Tomer Hemed all coming into the team.

The visitors had the first chance of the game when Willian curled a free-kick straight into the arms of Matthew Ryan, before Chelsea took the lead moments later.

Moses’s cross was deflected by Dale Stephens into the path of Eden Hazard, and the Belgian midfielder fired into the net.

The Seagulls then produced a good counter as Schelotto made ground on the right-hand side. The full-back found Davy Propper who laid it out to Solly March, but the midfielder’s cross was snuffed out by the visiting defence before the ball reached the middle.

Chelsea soon doubled their advantage with a superbly worked goalas Willian picked up possession in the middle of the Albion half and exchanged passes with Hazard and Batshuayi before rifling the ball past Ryan in the home goal.

Willy Caballero  gathered a low effort from March before flapping at Suttner’s cross with Gross in attendance at the far post, but the midfielder’s chipped delivery was eventually cleared as the hosts responded well to falling 2-0 down so early in the game.

Ryan did well to parry Tiemoue Bakayoko’s low effort away from danger and Propper flicked wide after more hesitant goalkeeping from Caballero from a corner allowed the ball to break free in the area. 

Batshuayi then stung the palms of Ryan just before the half hour mark and Caballero was down quickly to thwart Hemed as he headed towards goal from Gross’ stylish cross.

Duffy headed Suttner’s inswinging corner wide of the mark before Hughton’s men had strong shouts for a penalty turned away as Schelotto looked to have been fouled by Bakayoko as he surged the area.

Moses was inches away from meeting Hazard’s cross at the far post moments before the break and it was the Londoners who went into the interval with a two-goal advantage. 

Suttner’s dangerous free-kick shortly soon after the restart nearly found the head of Duffy in the centre, before the Seagulls went agonisingly close to halving the deficit. 

Gross found Schelotto down the right and as the ball was cutback to the former, Propper crashed his header against the upright as the home side continued to look for a route back into the contest.

Duffy was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Hazard and David Luiz came on in place of Andreas Christensen in the first change of the game, before Willian curled a free-kick against the post as both teams continued to create good opportunites.

Schelotto forced Caballero into another smart stop from close range with 25 minutes left to play, and Albion then made a double switch as Beram Kayal and Glenn Murray were introduced for Gross and Hemed. 

Murray was straight into the action as his shot from Kayal’s assist was blocked by Cesar Azpilicueta, and Alonso was replaced David Zappacosta for Chelsea as they made their second switch.

Hazard put the contest beyond doubt with his second goal of the game. Chelsea counter-attacked well and the Hazard weaved his way to the edge of the area before firing past Ryan. 

Charly Musonda replaced Willian with ten minutes left to play and March was replaced by Jose Izquierdo as the respective teams made their final changes of the afternoon.

Chelsea wrapped up victory in the final minute when Moses latched onto a ball over the top to beat Ryan with a composed finish. The margin of defeat was harsh on Albion, who contributed much to an entertaining game, but there was no doubting the quality of Chelsea's finishing.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto, Dunk, ©, Duffy, Goldson, Suttner; Stephens, Propper, Gross (Kayal 68); March (Izquierdo 83), Hemed (Murray 68)

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

Chelsea line-up: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso (Zappacosta 75), Kante, Hazard, Bakayoko, Moses, Willian (Musonda 80), Batshuayi, Christensen (Luiz 58), Azpilicueta ©. 

Subs not used: Eduardo, Barkley, Ampadu, Sterling.

 

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2ND PRIZE       120408
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3RD £25  2238


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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V CHELSEA

19 January 2018

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief for Albion v Chelsea

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Chelsea to the Amex on Saturday 20th January, kick-off 12.30pm.

The Blues will make their first competitive visit to the Amex having made the trip previously to play Albion in a pre-season friendly in 2012, with goals from Vicente, Ashley Barnes and Andrew Crofts earning the Seagulls a 3-1 win against the then European champions.

Chailey Heritage Foundation, the club’s charity partner for the 2017/18 season, will be showcasing their incredible work at Saturday’s fixture. The Sussex Charity provide education and care for children and young people with complex physical disabilities. Fans wishing to know more can find further details in the club’s matchday programme and by visiting https://www.chf.org.uk.

The charity will be collecting donations before the match as well as giving supporters a chance to test their ability at Powerchair Football in our fanzone.

Your donations and support are greatly appreciated by the club and Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Minute's applause for Cyrille Regis

Both clubs will wear black armbands and hold a minute's applause ahead of kick-off to honour the life of Cyrille Regis.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City striker sadly passed away at the age of 59 on Monday, following an inspirational career both on and off the pitch.

Travel update
 
Due to the early kick-off time and various travel disruptions, supporters are advised to travel as early as possible for Saturday’s fixture.

Trains – Southern Rail have informed us they are running a full matchday service. However, due to level crossing maintenance taking place, the line between Lewes and Seaford will be closed all day, and Southern have a bus replacement service in operation. You are advised to check with Southern’s website before travelling.

Park & Rides – Mill Road, Brighton University at Lewes Road and Brighton Racecourse will be open at 9:30am.

Users of Brighton Racecourse Park & Ride are advised that for this match, parking will be on the market side of the racecourse, therefore access will be via Manor Hill. Please follow directions from stewards. The track will be open for all supporters to walk across, allowing access to the buses at the main entrance.

For disabled supporters, parking will be located within the hard-standing picnic area of the racecourse, and you will enter via the main entrance off Freshfield Road. Please have your blue badge on show for entry.

Buses – Brighton & Hove Buses will be running a full Saturday service in and around the city.

Car Parks – Sussex University (Car Park C) and The Bridge (Car Park B) are now completely sold out, and supporters are advised to use public transport.

Please be aware that the University of Sussex will be holding their applications day, and the visitors will be using the car parks at the top end of the University. However, all our normal spaces will be available to our seasonal parkers.

All vehicles entering Sussex University must use the entrance via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.

Roads – Supporters travelling by road should be aware that the planned resurfacing works on part of the northbound M23 section between junction 10 at Copthorne and junction 9 for Gatwick, have now been postponed.

Therefore, both the north bound and southbound sections of the road will be open as usual.

Drop Offs & Pick-ups – There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way.

Car park 5 at the University of Sussex, next to the Sports Hall, is being utilised to enable 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.

Again, entry to the University of Sussex is via Stanmer Park only.

Please Note: Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and unless you have pre-booked parking, please avoid this area both pre- and post-match.

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 closes at 5pm. The shop is also closed during the match. The retail outlets in the Fanzone and t-junction will be open from 10.45am.

The ticket office is open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will reopen after the match until 3pm.

Dick’s Bar is open from 10am until kick-off, then after the match until 5pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open at 10.30am – two hours before kick-off. Post-match, the East/South/West concourses will close at 4pm and the North Stand concourses will close at 5pm.

The 1901 Club lounges will open at 10am, with HB’s 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 will close at 4pm.

The Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge, the italk Lounge and West stand boxes will close at 5pm. HB’s Restaurant closes at 4.30pm and the Goldstone Restaurant will close at 5pm.
 
Fanzone
 
Upon arrival, fans will be greeted by InChoir on the Bandstand until 11.45am. The outside bars and food outlets will be open from 10am until 11.45am with the food outlets open until kick-off. In the Family Stand, both the Photobooth and Virtual Reality headsets will be available for fans to enjoy free of charge.
 
Chailey Heritage Foundation
 
Chailey Heritage Foundation will be collecting donations before and after the game to support their services in providing education and care for children and young people with complex physical disabilities.

In addition to the bucket donations, supporters can also support the charity by texting ‘GOAL18 £3’ to 70070 to donate £3.
 
Ticket Office
 
General admission tickets for Saturday’s match against Chelsea are sold out. A limited number of hospitality spaces for this fixture are still available at the time of writing. To book or upgrade for future fixtures, contact the 1901 Club team on 01273 878 278 or via email commercial@bhafc.co.uk.
 
Seagulls Superstore
 
Limited numbers of home shirts are back in stock, though we advise supporters to purchase shirts ahead of matchday at seagullsdirect.co.uk to avoid long queues and waiting times.

In store we have a range of items that feature in the January sale. Supporters wishing to get shirts printed are advised this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times.

1901 Club
 
Hospitality for 1901 Club members is available in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Restaurant. To upgrade for this fixture, contact the 1901 Club team on 01273 878 278 or via email commercial@bhafc.co.uk.
 
Lounges 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 due to failure to comply with dress code.

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