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PREVIEW: SOUTHAMPTON V ALBION

29 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion play Southampton at St Mary's on Wednesday night.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.

Both sides head into the game after securing their places in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round at the weekend, as Albion and Southampton recorded 1-0 victories over Middlesbrough and Watford respectively.

The reverse fixture between the two clubs back in October ended 1-1, after Glenn Murray’s header cancelled out Steven Davis’s opener to claim a share of the spoils.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton revealed that returning striker Leonardo Ulloa is in contention to make his second Albion debut, after his loan move to the club on a deal until the end of the season was confirmed this morning.

The Seagulls boss is still waiting to find out the full extent of Jiri Skalak's injury, and hopes that Jurgen Locadia can begin full training next week.

Steve Sidwell (ankle and back) remains the only long-term absentee.

Ryan Bertrand is a doubt for the Saints after he went off with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win over Watford, while Charlie Austin is ruled out with the same injury.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls head into the match after progressing to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round after a 1-0 victory away at Middlesbrough, courtesy of Murray’s last-minute winner on Saturday.

Albion succumbed to back-to-back league defeats before their trip to Teesside, losing 4-0 and 2-0 to Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion respectively.

A 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup third round preceded those two results, which came after 2-2 and 0-0 draws with AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

The last league victory for Hughton’s men came on 23rd December, when a Pascal Gross strike was enough to beat Watford 1-0 at the Amex.

SOUTHAMPTON: A goal from Jack Stephens  was enough to overcome Watford in an Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie at St Mary’s on Saturday.

The result followed an impressive 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, where a Davinson Sanchez own goal gave the hosts a 1-0 lead, before Harry Kane equalised just four minutes later.

A 2-2 draw away at Watford preceded this game, which came after a 1-0 win away at Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side may be unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, but their last Premier League win came in the form of a 4-1 victory over Everton at the tail end of November.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MIDDLESBROUGH 0

ALBION 1
Murray 90

ALBION: Krul; Rosenior (c), Goldson, Huenemeier, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens (Propper 45), Kayal, Skalak (Izquierdo 61); Hemed (Murray 72), Baldock.

SUBS NOT USED: Maenpaa (GK), Schelotto, Dunk, Gross.

LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHAMPTON

 


SOUTHAMPTON 1
Stephens 4

WATFORD 0

Southampton line-up: McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand (Pied 40); Romeu, Davis; Hojbjerg, Boufal (Yoshida 67), Tadic (Carrillo 83); Long.

Subs not used: Forster (GK), Lemina, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH: James Ward-Prowse

The Southampton academy graduate has been in good recent form, with three goals in his last three appearances.

Ward-Prowse scored a brace in a 2-2 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road, and produced the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

After not being involved in the victory over Watford at the weekend, the 23-year-old could come back into the squad and is key to making the Saints tick.

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Match Reports

REPORT: SOUTHAMPTON 1 ALBION 1

31 January 2018

Bennett Dean
Glenn Murray gets away from fellow goalscorer Jack Stephens
  • Glenn Murray gives Albion 15th minute lead from the spot
  • Maty Ryan makes some crucial stops
  • Jack Stephens levels for the hosts
  • Seagulls sit 15th in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 1-1 against Southampton on Wednesday evening at St Mary’s Stadium.

A first-half penalty from Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls a deserved lead, before Jack Stephens equalised for the hosts in the second period to mean the spoils were shared.

Chris Hughton made ten changes to the side that defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup. 

Dale Stephens was the only individual who kept his place in the starting eleven on the south coast as the Seagulls returned to Premier League action.

Albion began brightly and had a glorious chance to go ahead with little more than 20 seconds on the clock.

Murray flicked a long ball forward on to Pascal Gross, and as the midfielder fired the ball across goal and to the back-post, Jose Izquierdo blazed over the bar having been left unmarked.

Hughton’s men continued to look menacing in attack, with Gross and Solly March linking up well, while Davy Propper fired over the bar as the home side looked shaky in defence. 

The Seagulls got their reward for a strong start on 15 minutes when they went into the lead courtesy of a penalty. 

Izquierdo raced down the left and cut inside before finding March, who was equally evasive with neat footwork – drawing Wesley Hoedt into a foul. Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot leaving Murray to score his second goal in as many matches. 

Lewis Dunk did well to clear a dangerous cross from the right looking for Shane Long in the centre, before Oriel Romeu fired high and wide as he latched onto a loose ball as the contest reached the halfway point of the opening period.

Albion fans then had hearts in mouths as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg chased down a back pass that put Maty Ryan under pressure. The keeper then fired his clearance against the home midfielder and the ball looped up before bouncing off the bar and fortuitously away from danger. 

Hoedt picked up the game’s first booking when he clumsily brought down Ezequiel Schelotto as the Seagulls looked to counter, before Murray turned and shot low at Alex McCarthy at the home keeper’s near-post. Ryan Bertrand then volleyed over after a corner at the other end.

March saw an effort blocked in the final few moments of the half but that was the last of the action in the opening period as Albion went into the break ahead.   

The home side made a double change at the interval with Romeu and Dusan Tadic being replaced by Sofiane Boufal and Guido Carrillo, and the second half began evenly with both sides squandering possession cheaply.

Stephens headed James Ward-Prowse’s cross wide eight minutes into the half but he found the equaliser just after the hour mark – turning home Ward-Prowse’s free-kick from the left to level inside a crowded penalty area.

Leo Ulloa then entered the action, replacing Murray with just under 15 minutes left, as Hughton looked to freshen things up in attack with the Seagulls coming under pressure from the hosts.

Manolo Gabbiadini was Southampton’s final change as he replaced Long up front and Beram Kayal came on in place for Gross with eight minutes left.

Ulloa was inches away from connecting with March's free-kick in the final few moments but both sides claimed a point as the referee brought an even contest to a close. 

Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto, Dunk ©, Duffy, Bong; March, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 82); Murray (Ulloa 76).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Rosenior, Goldson, Knockaert, Baldock.

Southampton line-up: McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Hojbjerg, Romeu (Carrillo 45), Davis ©, Ward-Prowse, Tadic (Boufal 45), Long (Gabbiadini 79). 

Subs not used: Forster (GK), Pied, Yoshida, Lemina. 

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Ticket News

SOUTHAMPTON TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY

2 January 2018

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St Mary's Stadium

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League fixture against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday 31st January, go on sale on Wednesday.

Albion have received a full allocation of 3,300 tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Beneath are the on-sale dates, pricing and information on how many points are required:

On-sale Dates Points Required
Wednesday 3rd January STHs with 294+ Season Ticket Holder Points
Thursday 4th January STHs with 267+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 5th January STHs with 245+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Monday 8th January STHs with 222+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Tuesday 9th January STHs with 200+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Wednesday 10th January All remaining Season Ticket Holders*
Thursday 11th January Bronze/YS+ Members with 17+ Member Points*
Friday 12th January All remaining Bronze/YS+ Members*

*subject to availability

Category Price
Adult (22-64) £20
Over-65s £20
Ages 18-21 £20
Ages 11-17 £18
Junior (Under 11) £12 

Supporters can secure their tickets on the selected dates from 9am online and 2pm via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901*.

There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases.

Seagull Travel are running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings can be found here, along with prices.

*Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.

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