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8 March 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches when they visit Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon to play Everton in the Premier League, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls haven’t visited the Toffees in over 36 years, but the teams drew 1-1 in the game at the Amex Stadium earlier this season - when Wayne Rooney’s late penalty cancelled out Anthony Knockaert’s opener.

Chris Hughton’s men are five matches unbeaten in the Premier League, a run that includes draws against Southampton and Stoke City away from home, as well as impressive wins over West Ham United, Swansea City and Arsenal on the south coast.

Albion recorded their first win over the so-called top six last weekend, as goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray opened up a two-goal lead before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang halved the deficit.

The Toffees head into the game on the back of back-to-back defeats to Watford and Burnley, and Sam Allardyce will be hoping to see a reaction from his team at Goodison Park.


Chris Hughton revealed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game, with Steve Sidwell (ankle and back) the only long-term absentee.

Midfielder James McCarthy remains sidelined for Saturday’s hosts with a broken leg, while Eliaquim Mangala also misses out due to a knee injury.

Central defender Ashley Williams was shown a red card against Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend, therefore the 33-year-old will serve a three-match suspension, starting this weekend.


It looked as if Anthony Knockaert’s late goal would secure maximum points for the Seagulls at the Amex back in October, but Wayne Rooney dispatched a penalty in the 90th minute to spoil the party.

Albion pressed throughout to find a breakthrough but the Toffees proved hard to break down - but with just eight minutes remaining, Knockaert was in the right place at the right time to lash home from close range, following a pass from Pascal Gross.

Everton didn’t give up hope and were gifted a golden opportunity to level in the closing stages when Bruno was penalised for a foul inside the box - and Rooney showed his experience to pick out the bottom corner from 12 yards.


The Seagulls have been in fine form since losing to Chelsea at the Amex Stadium in January - going on a seven-game unbeaten run, which began with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup.

Albion then drew 1-1 against Southampton at St Mary’s in the league, before producing an encouraging display against West Ham United to win 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

Another FA Cup win over Coventry City secured Albion’s spot in the quarter-finals of the competition, in-between a draw against Stoke City and a 4-1 triumph over Swansea City.

Hughton’s side then recorded an eye-catching 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Amex - a win that moved the Seagulls seven points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Everton have taken just three points from a possible 12 in the Premier League, winning 3-1 against Crystal Palace following a disappointing 5-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Allardyce’s team have since suffered consecutive losses to Watford and Burnley away from home - most recently conceding two second-half goals at Turf Moor after Cenk Tosun opened the scoring.


Dunk 7
Murray 26

Aubameyang 43

ALBION: Ryan; Schelotto (Bruno 69), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (March 77), Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 87); Murray.

Subs not used: Krul; Goldson, Ulloa, Locadia.


Barnes 56
Wood 80

Tosun 20

EVERTON: Pickford; Coleman, Williams, Keane, Martina; Gueye, Davies (Rooney 59), Walcott, Sigurdsson (Bolasie 84); Calvert-Lewin, Tosun (Niasse 69)

Subs not used: Robles (GK), Schneiderlin, Baines, Holgate.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The midfielder has been a mainstay in Everton’s team since signing from Swansea City for a club-record fee - in excess of £40 million.

Sigurdsson pulls the strings in the centre of midfield for the Toffees, and the Icelandic has found the back of the net four times in the Premier League this season, also providing three assists.

The playmaker has also proven himself an expert from dead-ball situations, scoring a number of free-kicks over the years during his spells at Reading, Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea and Everton.

The 28-year-old has 55 international caps for Iceland - scoring 18 goals and ten assists - and played every minute of his country’s run to the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championships, beating England en route.

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Match Reports


10 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray in action for Albion at Goodison Park.

Albion were beaten 2-0 by Everton at Goodison Park
Gaetan Bong (OG) and Cenk Tosun goals make the difference
Mathew Ryan saves late penalty from Wayne Rooney
Anthony Knockaert sees red in the closing stages

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against Everton on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park.

A deflected own-goal after Theo Walcott’s effort skewed off Gaetan Bong gave the home side the lead, before Cenk Tosun doubled the hosts' advantage, with both goals coming in the second half.

Mathew Ryan did well to thwart Wayne Rooney from the penalty spot with a few minutes of normal time remaining, but it proved to be no more than a consolation as the side’s seven-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Chris Hughton made one change to the side that defeated Arsenal at the Amex Stadium the weekend before, with Beram Kayal coming into the team in place of Dale Stephens in the centre of midfield - the latter missing the game on Merseyside due to a knock picked up during the week.

It was the home side who began in the ascendancy, with Seamus Coleman finding space down the right-hand side of the area and firing across goal and wide of Ryan’s right-hand post.

Gylfi Sigurdsson then delivered a corner from the right, and Phil Jagielka rose highest in the centre - but his header was straight at Ryan before Yannick Bolasie curled over the crossbar.

A rare Albion break forward saw Jose Izquierdo as the outlet - and the Colombian raced away from both Coleman and Rooney, but his ball looking for Glenn Murray in-behind was intercepted by Jagielka.

The Seagulls looked for an opener themselves for the first time of the afternoon after Anthony Knockaert found the in-form Murray in space, and as the striker turned and fired fiercely towards goal, his effort stung the palms of Jordan Pickford - who parried the shot up into the air before gathering at the second attempt.

Another Everton corner from Sigurdsson ended back with the Icelandic midfielder on the right, and when his dangerous cross was half-cleared by the visiting defence, Bolasie hooked his volley over the bar.

Pascal Gross got to the byline and stood the ball up in the middle five minutes before the break, but the ball was just over the head of Murray, before Izquierdo and Bong failed to capitalise on some space at the far post.

Albion’s last attack of the half saw Lewis Dunk’s cross from the right glanced goalwards by Murray once more but Pickford claimed it comfortably as the sides went in level at the break.

Dunk delivered a crucial and superbly timed challenge on Tom Davies as the home midfielder entered the area in the opening moments of the second half, and Gross dragged a shot wide at the other end as Albion began the half in better fashion than the first.

Shane Duffy did well to block Rooney’s effort from the edge of the area, and the ball flew slightly fortuitously over the bar after the Irishman had thrown himself in-front of the shot in trademark fashion.

Everton then took the lead on the hour mark, when Bolasie crossed from the left and Walcott escaped the attentions of Bong to put the defender under pressure and the full-back's touch found the back of the net.

Ryan then did superbly to get fingertips to Walcott’s cutback as the hosts looked to turn the screw in the contest, before Jurgen Locadia replaced Kayal with just over 20 minutes left to play.

The Dutchman was straight into the action as he collected a cross from Gross at the far post and smashed an effort at goal, but his strike deflected behind for a corner kick.

Knockaert curled high over the bar shortly after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had replaced the injured Walcott for the hosts, before Tosun would double the home side’s advantage soon after.

The striker collected possession off Baines as the winger cut inside and found him inside the area, and he fired a shot in off the crossbar to strengthen the home side’s lead.

Leonardo Ulloa then replaced Murray and Mason Colgate entered the action for Bolasie immediately after the goal, before the visitors were reduced to ten men.

Knockaert went in on Baines and the Frenchman was dismissed by referee Roger East to effectively end the game as a contest with just under ten minutes left to play.

Markus Suttner replaced Bong as the latter had to withdraw through injury, and Davies was replaced by Davy Klaassen as the home side made their final change of the afternoon.

Rooney had the chance to add a third from the penalty spot for the hosts after Duffy had brought down Calvert-Lewin, but Ryan dived to his right to strongly palm the ball away and wide.

Gross and Propper both drew stops from Pickford at the other end as the game entered added time, before East brought the game to a close as Albion dropped one place to 11th - sitting seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Albion line-up: Ryan, Schelotto, Dunk (c), Duffy, Bong (Suttner 82); Knockaert, Kayal (Locadia 69), Propper, Izquierdo; Gross; Murray (Ulloa 77)

Subs not used: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, March.

Everton line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka (C), Keane, Baines; Rooney, Davies (Klaassen 84), Walcott (Calvert-Lewin 73), Sigurdsson, Bolasie (Holgate 78), Tosun.

Subs not used: Robles, Martina, Niasse, Baningime.

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Ticket News


2 February 2018

Goodison Park.

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s game against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday 10th March, go on sale next Tuesday.

The Seagulls make their first visit to Goodison Park in over 35 years next month, with the Premier League fixture against Sam Allardyce’s men kicking off at 3pm.

Albion have received a full allocation of 3,000 tickets for the match versus the Toffees, and beneath are the on-sale dates, prices and information on how many points are required:

On-sale dates Points required
Tuesday 6th February STHs with 307+ Season-Ticket Holder Points*
Wednesday 7th February STHs with 271+ Season-Ticket Holder Points*
Thursday 8th February STHs with 249+ Season-Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 9th February STHs with 227+ Season-Ticket Holder Points*
Monday 12th February STHs with 202+ Season-Ticket Holder Points*
Tuesday 13th February All remaining Season-Ticket Holders*
Thursday 15th February Bronze/YS+ Members with 17+ Member Points*
Friday 16th February All remaining Bronze/YS+ Members*

*subject to availability

Category Price
Adult (18-64) £30
Senior (65+) £23
Junior (Under 18) £18

*Restricted views are reduced by £1

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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