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PREVIEW: BOURNEMOUTH V ALBION

13 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed training with his team-mates during the week.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to record back-to-back victories in the Premier League on Friday evening, when they travel to the Vitality Stadium to play AFC Bournemouth, kick-off 8pm.

The Seagulls took all three points when West Bromwich Albion visited the Amex last weekend, while the Cherries are yet to get off the mark, after losing their opening four fixtures.

Pascal Gross scored the club’s first-ever Premier League goal against the Baggies, before adding another, and Tomer Hemed notched a third as the game finished 3-1 on the south coast.

Albion manager Chris Hughton confimed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Friday's game, however Izzy Brown trained yesterday [Tuesday] after returning from Chelsea.

Steve Sidwell (back), Sam Baldock (calf) and Beram Kayal (fibula) all remain unavailable for selection, as they continue their recoveries from injury.

Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser is doubtful for Friday’s game after coming off with an ankle injury against Arsenal last weekend.

Simon Francis (hamstring) will be pushing for a starting position after playing the second half at the Emirates Stadium, however striker Callum Wilson (cruciate ligament damage) remains sidelined.

FORM:

ALBION: Goals from Pascal Gross (2) and Tomer Hemed secured Albion’s first-ever Premier League victory last weekend, as Chris Hughton’s team gave an impressive performance at the Amex.

The 3-1 victory came after the season’s first international break, which started after Albion picked up their opening point of the campaign, in a goalless draw against Watford at Vicarage Road.

The season began with back-to-back 2-0 defeats for the Seagulls, firstly against Manchester City at the Amex, before Leicester City sealed a comfortable win at the King Power Stadium.

Hughton’s side also progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 victory against Barnet, which set up a third-round meeting with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium next Tuesday.

BOURNEMOUTH: The Cherries have played against three of the same teams that Albion have met after just four games, beginning with West Brom at the Hawthorns, where they were edged out 1-0 on the opening day of the season.

Eddie Howe’s team returned home in their following fixture, but Watford sealed a 2-0 victory at the Vitality Stadium, before the Dorset club progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 away win against Birmingham City.

After taking the lead against Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus equalised for Pep Guardiola’s team, before Raheem Sterling scored a dramatic 97th-minute winner on the south coast.

Arsenal were next to condemn Bournemouth to another defeat, as they secured a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION





ALBION 3
Gross 45, 48
Hemed 63

WEST BROM

Morrison 77

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno (Rosenior 62), Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, March; Gross; Hemed (Murray 83).

Subs not used: Maenpaa, Huenemeier, Izquierdo, Murphy, Skalak.


LAST TIME OUT: BOURNEMOUTH




ARSENAL 3
Welbeck 6, 50
Lacazette 27


BOURNEMOUTH 0


Bournemouth line-up: Begovic; A Smith, S.Cook, Ake, Mings (Francis 46), Daniels; Arter, Gosling; Fraser (Ibe 39), Defoe (Mousset 71), King.

Subs not used: Boruc (GK), L.Cook, Pugh, Surman.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Jermain Defoe



The clinical striker signed for the Cherries this summer, adding firepower to Eddie Howe’s options in the attacking third, following a spell at Sunderland last season.

Known for his sharpness in front of goal and pace in behind opposition defences, Defoe currently occupies seventh position in the all-time Premier League goalscoring table, with 158 goals for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Sunderland.

The 34-year-old is yet to get off the mark for the Cherries, but his experience and knowhow in the Premier League will surely mean that it’s just a matter of time until he finds the back of the net.

The forward has also scored 20 goals in 57 international appearances for England, with his strike against Slovenia in 2010 sealing qualification to the knockout stages of the World Cup in South Africa.

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Match Reports

REPORT: BOURNEMOUTH 2 ALBION 1

15 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert chases down the ball for Albion.
  • Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe secure a 2-1 win for Bournemouth
  • Solly March on target for Brighton
  • The Seagulls are beaten for a third time this season
  • Albion return to the Vitality Stadium next Tuesday in the Carabao Cup

Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to their third defeat of the season after losing 2-1 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, despite a battling performance against their south coast rivals.

Albion were on top for large periods of the game, but learned the harsh lessons of the Premier League once again, as goals from Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe overturned Solly March’s opener to give the Cherries all three points.

Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, as Liam Rosenior replaced Bruno.

Anthony Knockaert had Albion’s first opportunity of the game after he showed some neat skill to cut in from the right-hand side, but saw his subsequent strike go wide of Asmir Begovic’s near post.

Bournemouth had a chance to break the deadlock when Joshua King capitalised on a sloppy clearance, but Lewis Dunk was on hand to make a fine defensive block.

Marc Pugh then cut inside the Albion defence, but his left-footed strike drifted harmlessly over the bar.

Davy Propper surged forward and showed some brilliant skill on the edge of the box, but his delicate chip just went over the bar.

Then Defoe showed his quality and after getting a brief sight of goal on the edge of the area, his low driven shot sailed inches wide of Mathew Ryan’s left-hand post.

Albion had two chances in quick succession to score just after the re-start, as Surman cleared Shane Duffy’s header off the line, before doing the same with Propper’s shot.

Duffy continued to be a threat to the Cherries defence, and his header from another set-piece was glanced on by Dale Stephens and hit the underside of the bar.

But the goal which Albion deserved for their attacking endeavour came courtesy of March, after some brilliant play from Knockaert and Pascal Gross.

Knockaert set up the German down the right, and his pin-point cross was nodded home by the winger with 55 minutes on the clock.

The lead didn’t last long though and it was Surman who brought the Cherries level after he latched onto Jordan Ibe’s back-heel before coolly slotting the ball past Ryan from close range.

Ibe could have given the Cherries with lead when he took aim from inside the box, but Dunk made another superb block to deny the former Liverpool man.

It was Bournemouth that struck next though, and it was Defoe who showed why he’s part of the Premier League 100 Club with a clinical driven finish beyond Ryan from Ibe’s through ball.

Hughton freshened up his attacking ranks with the introduction of Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo, and the latter went through on goal, only to be thwarted by Begovic.

Liam Rosenior tried to bring Albion back on level terms with a strike from the edge of the box, but it sailed harmlessly over the target.

Albion head back to the Dorset coast next Tuesday night, when the two clubs do battle again in the Carabao Cup, before turning their attentions back to the league on Sunday week for the visit of Newcastle United to the Amex.

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Ticket News

BOURNEMOUTH TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW

14 August 2017

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AFC Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium.

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium go on sale tomorrow.

The match takes place on Friday 15th September, kicking off at 8pm, and Albion have received a full allocation of 1,300 tickets, with the match also being shown live on Sky Sports.

Beneath are the on-sale dates for the match, with information on how many points are required. Tickets will go on sale on each on-sale date - online from 9am and by telephone from 2pm:

On-Sale Dates Points Required
Tuesday 15th August STH's with 281 Season Ticket Holder Points*
Wednesday 16th August STHs with 217 Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 18th August STHs with 188 Season Ticket Holder Points*
Tuesday 22nd August All remaining Season Ticket Holders*
Thursday 24th August Bronze/YS+ Members with 11 Member Points*
Friday 25th August All remaining Bronze/YS+ Members*

*subject to availability

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

Tickets for Albion’s visit to the Vitality Stadium are priced as follows:
 
Adults:
£30
Seniors 65+:
£17
Under-21s:
£17
Students:
£17
Wheelchair Users:
£5
 
There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for 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.

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