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PREVIEW: ALBION V LEICESTER CITY

29 March 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion welcome Leicester City to the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action this weekend, following a two-week international break, and Leicester City are the visitors to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls head into the match following defeats to Everton and Manchester United in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup respectively, but Chris Hughton’s team had previously strung together seven unbeaten matches.

Albion find themselves in 12th position after 30 matches, while the Foxes occupy eighth place in the league table, six points ahead of the Seagulls with eight matches remaining.

Claude Puel’s team head to the Amex on the back of an FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, but recorded a convincing 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last time out in the Premier League.


TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that Gaetan Bong will be fit after recovering from injury, but a late decision will be made on the participation of Dale Stephens.

Otherwise, Steve Sidwell (back and ankle) remains Albion's only absentee for Saturday's match.

Daniel Amartey could return for the Foxes after missing the club’s last match due to a hamstring injury, while Robert Huth (ankle) remains a doubt for Puel’s team.




REVERSE FIXTURE:

Albion’s first-ever Premier League away fixture came at the King Power Stadium back in August, and the Foxes claimed a comfortable 2-0 win against Hughton’s newcomers.

The Seagulls were still finding their feet in the division, following an opening day defeat to Manchester City at the Amex, and the hosts were rarely threatened after taking an early lead.

Shinji Okazaki fired the home side ahead inside the opening minute of the match, before Harry Maguire’s second-half header made things comfortable for the Foxes, who began the season with Craig Shakespeare in charge.


FORM:

The Seagulls were eliminated from the FA Cup at Old Trafford before the international break, as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic sealed a 2-0 victory for Manchester United.

Albion’s run of seven matches without defeat was ended by Everton at Goodison Park, as another 2-0 defeat prevented Hughton’s team from picking up points on the road.

Three successive home wins came before that, including a 2-1 success against Arsenal and victories over Swansea City and Coventry City in league and cup competitions respectively.

February began with another eye-catching win at the Amex, as goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross saw off West Ham United 3-1 on the south coast.

The Foxes also dropped out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage, and it was Chelsea who progressed to the final four, as Pedro headed home in extra time to seal a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.

Puel’s side ended a five-match winless run of Premier League games at the Hawthorns, as the Foxes found the back of the net four times to add to West Brom’s relegation worries.

Home draws against AFC Bournemouth, Stoke City and Swansea City came in Leicester’s five games without a win, in amongst away defeats at Manchester City and Everton.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Lukaku 37
Matic 83

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Krul; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Propper, Gross, Kayal; March (Izquierdo 68), Ulloa (Murray 76), Locadia.

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Sanders, Baldock.


LAST TIME OUT: LEICESTER CITY



LEICESTER CITY 1
Vardy 76

CHELSEA 2
Morata 42
Pedro 105

Leicester City line-up: Schmeicel; Simpson (Diabate 106), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mahrez, Iborra (Silva 106), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 115); Iheanacho (Okazaki 68), Vardy.

Subs not used: Hamer (GK), Dragovic, Fuchs.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Riyad Mahrez

The Algerian signed for the Foxes in January 2014 and helped the team reach the top flight in his first season at the club, before making his Premier League debut later that year.

Mahrez took a while to adapt to Premier League football, but the 27-year-old came into his own during the 2015/16 campaign, which remarkably saw Leicester win the league with three matches remaining.

The winger fired 17 goals and claimed ten assists in 37 appearances that season, before scoring four goals in the Champions League the following season, as the Foxes reached the quarter-finals of the competition.

Mahrez has been in superb form for Puel’s team this season, and already has ten goals and nine assists in the Premier League, as he continues to cause havoc for opposing full-backs up and down the country.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 0 LEICESTER CITY 2

31 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jurgen Locadia in action against Leicester City.
  • Albion dominate first half at the Amex
  • Glenn Murray has spot-kick saved in second period
  • Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy claim win for ten-man visitors
  • Seagulls drop to 13th in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday at the Amex Stadium. 

Glenn Murray missed a second half spot-kick which was the hosts’ best chance of the game, before Vicente Iborra’s late header and Jamie Vardy's close-range finish proved to be the difference.

Chris Hughton made one change to the Albion team that took to the field in the previous Premier League game at Everton three weeks ago with Jurgen Locadia coming into the side for the suspended Anthony Knockaert on the right.

It was a first Premier League start for the Dutchman, having started the game with Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup a fortnight earlier.

The Seagulls began the game brightly and created a succession of openings inside the opening third.

Lewis Dunk’s great ball out of defence in behind stretched the Foxes defence as he looked for the run of Locadia who got on the end of the pass but hooked a volley over Kasper Schmeichel’s crossbar. 

The forward then exchanged passes inside his own half with Beram Kayal and got into the area before seeing his shot deflected. Albion then drove forward once more and Davy Propper was brought down by visiting captain Wes Morgan for the game’s first yellow card. 

Hughton’s men continued to look potent in attacking areas, and Gross and Locadia combined well before Jose Izquierdo couldn’t reach the latter’s dangerous cross from the right.

Vicente Iborra’s header from a well-worked Leicester City free-kick was the visitors’ first chance of the contest after 18 minutes, and Ndidi picked up the game’s second caution for a foul on Kayal as Albion looked to break.

Glenn Murray capitalised on some lacklustre visiting play out of defence when he intercepted a pass and fizzed one narrowly over the crossbar with ten minutes left until the interval – and he was to get an even better chance soon after. 

Gross profited from more slack play from the visitors when he fed the ball through to the on-rushing Murray, but the striker fired wide having found himself one-on-one with Schmeichel.

The second half began with the hosts once again on the front foot, and Gross forced Schmeichel into a smart one-handed stop with a shot from the edge of the box.

Izquierdo was set away down the left by Gaetan Bong but was crowded out by some last-ditch Foxes defending, before Shinji Ozakai was replaced by Fousseni Diabete as the visiting side made the first change on 56 minutes.

Ben Chilwell and Danny Simpson both picked up yellow cards in quick succession for the visitors as the game entered the final third then Kayal also entered the referee’s notebook for a foul on the halfway line as the Foxes threatened to break forward.

Harry Maguire then brought down Ezequiel Schelotto as Albion advanced forward at pace, meaning all four of the Leicester City defence had been booked. 

Solly March was Albion’s first change when he replaced Locadia with 15 minutes to go and the midfielder soon had an impact immediately after his introduction.

He wriggled into the box and found Izquierdo and when the Colombian was bundled over by Ndidi it allowed Murray an opportunity to score from the penalty spot.

But Schmeichel guessed the right way and dived to his left to palm away the striker’s effort and keep the scores level.

That save would prove to be pivotal as Leicester went ahead in the 83rd minute.

Chilwell delivered a deep cross from the left, and Iborra headed into the far bottom corner past Maty Ryan to give Claude Puel’s men a late advantage.

Hughton then introduced Sam Baldock for Kayal in an attacking change as Albion went in search of an equaliser before the visitors were reduced to ten men in an eventful final period when Ndidi was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Shane Duffy.

March’s effort from the resulting free-kick was acrobatically tipped over by Schmeichel, but that was to be the last chance for the Seagulls.

Vardy added a second for Puel's side with virtually the last kick of the game when he tapped home substitute Demari Gray's cross at the back post, and now the Seagulls will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat next Saturday when they host Huddersfield Town.

Albion line-up: Ryan, Schelotto, Dunk ©, Duffy, Bong, Propper, Kayal (Baldock 84), Gross, Locadia (March 75), Murray, Izquierdo.

Subs not used: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Suttner, Hemed. 

Leicester City line-up: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton (Gray 79), Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez (Fuchs 85), Okazaki (Diabete 56) Vardy.

Subs not used: Jakupović, Dragović, Silva, Iheanacho.

 

LOTTERY RESULTS

1ST PRIZE £1000 131820
2ND PRIZE       133241
3RD PRIZE       130276
4TH PRIZE       134201
5TH PRIZE       131604


ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £650 3189
2ND £50  3044
3RD £25  1516

1ST GOAL TIME 83RD MINUTE


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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V LEICESTER CITY

30 March 2018

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief for Albion v Leicester City

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Leicester City to the Amex in the Premier League on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
 
The two sides will be playing each other for the first time as Premier League teams at the Amex.  
 
Albion’s record against the Foxes at the Amex has been impressive, taking seven points from a possible nine, while recording a league double during the 2013/14 season, which saw the Foxes win promotion to the Premier League.
 
A bucket collection is taking place at Saturday’s game to raise money for the mayor of Brighton and Hove’s official charities.
 
Councillor Mo Marsh has been fundraising on behalf of five local good causes – including Albion in the Community (AITC). As well as AITC, the mayor’s fundraising campaign is supporting RISE, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, the Sussex Heart Charity and the Martlets Hospice. Funds raised on the day will be divided equally between all five charities.

Travel update

All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.
 
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full matchday service, but fans are advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.

Park & Rides: All three locations at Mill Road, the University of Brighton site at Lewes Road, and Brighton Racecourse will be open.

Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. Supporters are therefore advised to use public transport wherever possible.

All vehicles accredited to park at Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.

Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area pre- and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.

Parking: We have no local street parking available to football supporters, as all areas have a residents' parking scheme in operation, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.

Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.

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

Car park 5 at the University of Sussex, located by 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.

Visiting fans: Leicester fans should be aware that there is no street parking anywhere close to the stadium. Therefore, please use the rail or bus services within our travel scheme, which is free on production of a match ticket.

Please see the club’s website, where you can obtain full details by viewing the Travel Guide.

Opening and closing times

The club shop will open at 9am and close at 6pm. The shop is also closed during the match.

The ticket office will open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will reopen after the match until 5.30pm.

Dick’s Bar is open from 12pm until kick-off and then after the match until 7.30pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open two hours before kick-off at 1pm. Post-match, the East, South and West concourses will close at 6.30pm and the North Stand concourse at 7.30pm.

The 1901 Club lounges will open at 12.30pm, with HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone 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 close at 6.30pm.

HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant close at 7pm.

The Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge, iTalk Lounge and West Stand boxes will close at 7.30pm.

Fanzone

Upon arrival, fans will be greeted by ‘Jumanji’ on the Bandstand until 1.45pm. The outside bar and food outlets will be open from 12pm. The outside bar will close at 1.45pm.

In the Family Stand the Virtual Reality headsets will be available for fans to enjoy free of charge.

On the TV screens in the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses, we will be showing Crystal Palace v Liverpool (12.30pm kick-off). Post-match, we will be showing Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm kick-off).

Ticket office

Supporters are reminded that Saturday’s Premier League game against Leicester City has now sold out.

A limited number of general admission tickets may become available through the ticket exchange system, where season-ticket holders unable to attend will be given the opportunity to list their tickets for resale.

Please note, any additional seats that get released will only be available to supporters with a purchase history, as this is the tier where the game sold out. Concession prices are not available on seats released via the ticket exchange.

Supporters without a ticket that still wish to attend the game, are advised to keep checking seagullstickets.com for returns.

Meanwhile, hospitality packages in both the Goldstone Restaurant and HB’s Restaurant have also sold out. To book hospitality or upgrade to hospitality for future fixtures, contact the 1901 Club on 01273 878 278 or via email 1901@bhafc.co.uk.

Seagulls Superstore

There are a number of items in the Easter Sale in the club shop, including 20% off training kit and goalkeeping kit.

To celebrate the Easter weekend, you can purchase an ‘Egg in a mug’ instore this weekend, priced at £8.

The two external retail outlets are situated at the south-east approach T-junction, and north-west corner, stocking a range of souvenirs.

Supporters wishing to gets shirts printed are advised this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times. Also, please note that Premier League sleeve badges are now back in stock.

1901 Club Lounge 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.

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