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2 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games on Saturday, when they come up against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

Chris Hughton’s team have taken five points from their previous three games, and on Saturday they’ll make their first trip to Swansea since 2009.

The Seagulls were victorious in the last top-flight meeting between the sides in 1983, as Jimmy Melia’s team sealed a 2-1 victory over the Swans at the Vetch Field, however both sides were relegated later that season.

But 34 years on, Albion currently occupy 12th spot in their debut Premier League season, four points ahead of Paul Clement’s team, who sit one place above the drop zone after ten games.


Hughton confirmed that Albion are healthy on the injury front heading into Saturday's game, with just Steve Sidwell sidelined as he continues his recovery from back surgery.

For Swansea, Renato Sanches (thigh) and Wilfried Bony (hamstring) are both likely to miss out, while Martin Olsson is also a doubt after picking up a knee injury in the Carabao Cup tie against Manchester United.

After featuring for the Swans in their opening two league games, Kyle Bartley (knee) continues to be sidelined with a long-term knee injury.


ALBION: The Seagulls head into Saturday’s game after coming from behind to claim a point against Southampton last time out, as Glenn Murray’s goal ensured a 1-1 draw at the Amex.

Albion had previously picked up their first away victory of the season, and again it was Murray’s goals that made the difference, as well as Jose Izquierdo’s strike that added to the forward’s brace in a 3-0 win over West Ham United.

Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty snatched two points from Albion’s grasp at the Amex when Everton struck late in a 1-1 draw, and that came after a 2-0 defeat for the Seagulls on their first visit to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

Tomer Hemed was the match-winner when Newcastle United visited the Amex, with the Israeli’s second-half strike sealing all three points against Albion’s promoted rivals.

SWANSEA: The Swans are without a point in their previous three games, as they suffered defeats to Leicester City and Arsenal, either side of a Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United in Wales.

Sam Clucas gave Clement’s team a surprising lead at the Emirates Stadium, but second-half strikes from Saed Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey earned the Gunners a 2-1 victory.

Including their Carabao Cup defeat, Swansea have lost five of their six games at the Liberty Stadium this season, with their only victory coming in a 2-0 success against Huddersfield Town.

The Welsh club have held Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur to goalless draws on the road, with their first league win of the season coming against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


Murray 52

Davis 7

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 87); Gross (Brown 83); Murray.

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


Kolasinac 51
Ramsay 58

Clucas 22

Swansea City line-up: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, van der Hoorn (Dyer 82), Clucas, Ki, Carroll (McBurnie 84), Fer, Ayew (Narsingh 81), Abraham.

Subs not used: Nordfeldt (GK), Rodon, Mesa, Routledge.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Tammy Abraham

The striker signed from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal, after impressing for Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship last season, as he scored 23 league goals for the Robins and won their Player of the Season award.

Abraham has found the back of the net four times in his opening ten Premier League games, as he scored three of the four goals that have led to Swansea victories this season.

The 20-year-old joined Chelsea at just seven years of age and worked his way through the youth ranks, to be part of the successful youth team that recorded back-to-back triumphs in the UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup.

The majority of Abraham’s goals have come on his favoured right foot, with only three of his last 31 goals coming from his left, meaning Albion’s defence could benefit from keeping the striker on his weaker foot.

Abraham also received his first call-up to England's senior team for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, after the pacey forward made a number of appearances for his national team at younger age groups.

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Match Reports


4 November 2017

Bennett Dean
Glenn Murray puts Albion in front.
  • Glenn Murray scores the winning goal
  • Brighton secure their fourth win of the season
  • The victory secures back-to-back top flight wins for the first time since 1981
  • The Seagulls move up to eighth in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded back-to-back away victories in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.

Glenn Murray’s close-range finish in the first half was enough to take all three points from south Wales, and move Chris Hughton’s men up to eighth in the Premier League table.

The result ensured Albion made history by securing back-to-back away wins in the top flight for the first time since April 1981, when the Seagulls beat Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Chris Hughton named a completely unchanged side from the team that drew 1-1 with Southampton last Sunday.

The hosts worked their first opening inside five minutes, as Kyle Naughton delivered a dangerous ball across the box which was cut out well by Shane Duffy, with Jordan Ayew waiting to pounce.

Albion had a good spell of pressure as Gaetan Bong and Pascal Gross both forced two early corners in the game, but no chances materialised.

Gross pulled the trigger from a central position just outside the box, but that was deflected behind, in what was a cagey opening 25 minutes.

But Albion broke the deadlock with 29 minutes gone courtesy of Glenn Murray, who kneed the ball home at the far post from Anthony Knockaert’s cross for his fourth goal in his last three appearances.

Lewis Dunk could’ve doubled the advantage with a powerful header from Knockaert’s corner, but Lukasz Fabianski was on hand to tip the ball over the target.

The hosts were struggling to make inroads into a stubborn Albion defence, as Mathew Ryan comfortably saved Ayew’s tame close-range strike.

There was a hairy moment for the Seagulls just after the re-start when Tammy Abraham was played through on goal, only to be denied by Ryan at his near post.

The resulting corner also created mayhem in the Albion box, but Dunk denied Abraham the chance to fire home an equaliser with a brilliant tackle.

Hughton freshened up his wide options with the introduction of Solly March in place of Jose Izquierdo, and the former was played in by Pascal Gross, only to be thwarted by Fabianski.

Swansea substitute Luciano Narsingh looked to have levelled the game deep into stoppage time, but his ferocious drive from close range crashed off the crossbar, ensuring Albion would head into the international break in the best-possible fashion.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 66); Gross (Brown 85); Murray (Hemed 78).

SUBS NOT USED: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner.

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