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PREVIEW: ALBION V CRYSTAL PALACE

5 January 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Crystal Palace to the Amex Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Monday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

Chris Hughton’s team have already met the Eagles in the Premier League this season, when a goalless draw was played out on the south coast in November.

Monday’s game will be the first FA Cup meeting between the sides since the three contests back in 1976, when Palace won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge after draws at the Goldstone Ground and Selhurst Park.


TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns, but admitted he will make some changes to the team, as he utilises the depth of his playing squad.

Palace have a number of injury doubts ahead of the game, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann.

Mamadou Sakho and Joel Ward are also sidelined for Roy Hodgson’s team.


FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls have drawn back-to-back games in the Premier League - a goalless encounter with Newcastle United at St James’ Park followed by a 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth at the Amex.

Hughton’s side were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, but ended a seven-game winless run with a 1-0 triumph against Watford on the south coast just before Christmas.

CRYSTAL PALACE: The Eagles have lost just once in their last ten Premier League games, most recently coming from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s.

Hodgson’s team ended Manchester City’s 18-match winning run with a 0-0 draw against Pep Guardiola’s side at Selhurst Park, but lost 3-2 against Arsenal in their previous match.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 2
Knockaert 5
Murray 48

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2
Cook 33
Wilson 79

Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto (Bruno 77), Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo; Gross (Brown 88); Murray.

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


LAST TIME OUT: CRYSTAL PALACE



SOUTHAMPTON 1
Long 17

CRYSTAL PALACE 2
McArthur 69
Milivojevic 80

Crystal Palace line-up: Hennessey; Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp (Sako 64); Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Cabaye (Van Aanholt 46), Zaha; Benteke.

Subs not used: Speroni (GK), Souare, Delaney, Riedewald, Lee.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Wilfried Zaha

The winger has been deployed in more of a striker’s role this term, given the absence of Christian Benteke, and has four league goals so far. A strike against Chelsea in mid-October at Selhurst Park gave the Eagles their first win of the season.

He also netted in the 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United at the end of that month, as well as in the 2-2 stalemate with Everton. He’s played a big role in Palace’s turnaround in form this season, also finding the back of the net against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

His eye-catching start to the season has led to potential suitors taking an interest, with north-London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both reportedly looking to secure his services in the January transfer window.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 1

8 January 2018

Bennett Dean
Dale Stephens celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace.
  • Dale Stephens gives Albion the lead
  • Bakary Sako scores the equaliser for Crystal Palace
  • Glenn Murray comes off the bench to score the winner
  • The Seagulls will play Middlesbrough at the Riverside in round four

Brighton & Hove Albion progressed to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round after a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Amex.

Dale Stephens gave Albion a 25th-minute lead before Bakary Sako equalised in the second half, but Glenn Murray came off the bench to grab the headlines against his former club when he scored a late winner.

Chris Hughton rang the changes for the third round tie, as eight players came into the line-up following the 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

Albion were dealt an early blow when Izzy Brown was forced off injured and replaced by Sam Baldock in the fifth minute with Baldock making his first appearance of the season.

Hughton’s men worked their first opening when Beram Kayal found Gaetan Bong out on the left and the Cameroon defender whipped in an enticing delivery towards Solly March, whose downward header was tipped over by Wayne Hennessey.

Palace also had to make an early enforced change when Jeffrey Schlupp came off injured and was replaced by Pape Souare.

The visitors created their first meaningful opportunities of the game when Tim Krul was forced into a low save at his near post to deny Sako before Andros Townsend’s curling strike was superbly blocked by Kayal.

Kayal’s Israeli compatriot Tomer Hemed had the next chance for the Seagulls when he met Solly March’s corner with a bullet header that was straight at Hennessey.

The deadlock was broken with 25 minutes on the clock thanks to Stephens, who latched onto Ezequiel Schelotto’s pass and saw his close-range strike squirm past Hennessy.

The visitors nearly restored parity in an innocuous fashion when Sako broke through down the right, and Uwe Huenemeier diverted the former’s cross-shot just past the post.

March came close to doubling Albion’s lead with the deftest of touches from Ezequiel Schelotto’s pass, but Hennessey was on hand to make a save at his near post.

The winger was involved in the thick of the action again shortly after the re-start when he was picked out by Bong from the left, but the former couldn’t keep his shot on target.

Hemed was next to come close from inside the box when his shot was deflected wide, before Huenemeier headed the subsequent corner over the bar.

Hughton’s men were left to rue their missed chances when Palace drew level on 69 minutes through Sako, whose fierce right-footed strike from distance clipped in off the post and beat Tim Krul.

The Malian international almost found the net again moments later after getting the better of Connor Goldson, but his shot hit the side netting.

Albion broke forward straight down the other end and Baldock saw his shot come back off the post after a sweeping move, before March picked out Kayal inside the box and the latter sent his effort over the bar.

Hemed had another chance to restore Albion’s advantage when substitute Davy Propper’s shot deflected into his path, but his effort on the turn was easily saved by Hennessey.

It proved to be Hemed’s last act before being replaced by Glenn Murray, but it was Baldock who had Albion’s next chance. Albion’s number nine was brilliantly played through on goal by Kayal, but the Seagulls frontman agonisingly blazed his strike over the bar.

Just as the game looked to be heading towards a replay, Murray got the second decisive goal when the ball took a clip off his knee from Huenemeier’s header across the box to seal Albion’s place in round four.

The Seagulls will now face a trip to the Riverside in round four of the competition in three weeks’ time.

ALBION: Krul; Schelotto, Huenemeier, Goldson, Bong; March, Stephens (Propper 61), Kayal, Izquierdo; Brown (Baldock 6); Hemed (Murray 81).

SUBS NOT USED: Maenpaa (GK), Dunk, Rosenior, Skalak.

LOTTERY RESULTS

1901 CLUB

1ST PRIZE £1000  115825
2ND PRIZE        115986
3RD PRIZE        114368
4TH PRIZE        112082
5TH PRIZE        116395

ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £250 2222
2ND £50  3554
3RD £25  3043

1ST GOAL TIME 25 MINS

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Ticket News

TICKETS OFF SALE FOR TONIGHT'S MATCH

8 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
The Amex.

Supporters are reminded that tickets for this evening’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium went off sale at 12pm today.

Following a high number of calls this afternoon from fans wishing to secure their seats for tonight’s game, the ticket office would like to remind fans that tickets are no longer available to purchase.

Supporter services have also received calls from a number of Albion season-ticket holders querying whether this evening’s game is loaded onto their cards – the club would like to remind supporters that this is not the case and they must bring their separate individual tickets.

All tickets for tonight’s game have been issued as paper/print-at-home and only 1901 members will have the game loaded onto their cards.

Please ensure you remember to bring your ticket tonight.

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