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PREVIEW: ALBION V NEWCASTLE UNITED

21 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's players being put through their paces in training.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action when Newcastle United visit the Amex on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 4pm.



The Seagulls head into the game after back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth in both league and cup competitions, but Chris Hughton’s side recorded their first-ever Premier League win beforehand.



Goals from Pascal Gross (2) and Tomer Hemed secured a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Amex, but the Magpies travel south after three successive triumphs in the Premier League.

Albion and Rafa Benitez’s team secured promotion to England’s top flight after a season-long battle at the top of the Sky Bet Championship last season, with the Tyneside club narrowly taking the title.

Hughton is expected to make wholesale changes to the Carabao Cup line-up from Tuesday evening, as he reintroduces a number of players who were rested after Friday’s Premier League game at the Vitality Stadium.




A decision will be made on Izzy Brown's inclusion within the squad, after the Chelsea loanee returned to training, while striker Glenn Murray is available for selection after being rested in midweek.

Hughton also confirmed that club captain Bruno will be fine for Sunday's showdown, after missing Albion's previous league meeting at Bournemouth.

Steve Sidwell, Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock all remain sidelined, as the trio coninute their recoveries from long-term injuries.

For Newcastle, Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss Sunday’s clash through suspension, while defender Paul Dummett will sit out with a hamstring injury.

Massadio Haidara is also out injured for the Magpies, but goalkeeper Karl Darlow is closing in on a return to the matchday squad.


FORM:

ALBION

: The Seagulls head into Sunday’s game with four points after five Premier League matches; most recently losing 2-1 to Bournemouth after taking the lead through Solly March at the Vitality Stadium.



The Cherries then came out on top in the Carabao Cup, with Joshua King scoring the winning goal in extra time after a goalless 90 minutes on the south coast.

Albion’s first league victory came against the Baggies at the Amex, and it was Gross that notched the club’s first-ever Premier League goal, before the German and Hemed added further goals.



Hughton’s men gained their first point from a 0-0 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road, following back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City at the start of the season.



NEWCASTLE UNITED: Just like Albion’s start to the campaign, the Magpies were beaten in their opening two fixtures without scoring a goal, as they lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur and 1-0 to Huddersfield Town.



Benitez’s team were then knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the second round, with Championship opponents Nottingham Forest claiming a 3-2 victory at St James’ Park.



But the Magpies have found their form since, winning a hat-trick of Premier League games, starting with an impressive 3-0 win over West Ham United on home soil, as they picked up their first points of the season.

Jamaal Lascelles then scored the winning goals in back-to-back games for the Tyneside club, as they edged out Swansea City 1-0, before sealing a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at home.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

BOURNEMOUTH 1

King 99

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Krul; Rosenior (Mateju 109), Goldson, Huenemeier; Schelotto (Propper 105), Skalak (March 104), Hutchinson, Molumby, Bong; Izquierdo (Knockaert 104); Murphy.

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Dunk, Tilley.




LAST TIME OUT: NEWCASTLE UNITED







NEWCASTLE UNITED 2
Atsu 19

Lascelles 68


STOKE CITY 1
Shaqiri 57



Newcastle line-up: Elliot; Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba; Merino, Hayden (Shelvey 69); Ritchie, Perez (Diame 86), Atsu; Joselu (Gayle 78).



Subs not used: Woodman, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Matt Ritchie



The former Bournemouth man has been in great form for the Magpies this season, picking up four assists in his last three outings in the Premier League.

Ritchie was the provider for all three of Newcastle’s goals in their wins over Swansea and Stoke, with his set-piece delivery proving a real threat for Benitez’s in-form side.

The winger was involved in 26 goals for the Tyneside outfit last season, scoring 16 and assisting ten in all competitions, as he helped the club secure the Championship title just ahead of Albion.

During Bournemouth’s promotion-winning season in 2014/15, Ritchie scored a remarkable 15 goals and claimed 17 assists - strengthening his creative reputation in forward areas.

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REPORT: ALBION 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

24 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed celebrates opening the scoring.

Albion dig deep to claim second Premier League win of the season

Tomer Hemed grabs second-half winner

Israeli striker scores for second successive home game

Seagulls watched by record Amex crowd of 30,468

Second Premier League win lifts Albion to 13th in the table

Tomer Hemed scored for the second successive home game as Brighton & Hove Albion picked up three precious Premier League points against Newcastle United on a raucous afternoon at the Amex.

The striker, who had netted in Albion’s 3-1 win over West Brom at home last time out, struck from close range in the 50th minute from a well-worked free kick.

Albion had to work hard to protect their hard-earned advantage in a frantic last ten minutes but a diligent defensive performance earned its reward.

The hosts had made one change to the side beaten by Bournemouth in their last Premier League encounter. Skipper Bruno returned after injury with Liam Rosenior dropping to the bench. Newcastle, who had won their last three in the league, were unchanged.

The two promoted sides went at it hammer and tongs from the off with the wide men in both teams prominent and chances galore created.

Mathew Ryan was forced to save at his near post as early as the second minute to block a drive from the impressive Mikel Merino but Albion soon got into their stride.

Pascal Gross’s left-wing cross was met by Hemed who headed over before he then tested Rob Elliot with a shot from 20 yards.

Albion should have gone ahead in the 12th minute. Anthony Knockaert’s pass put Solly March away down the left. His cross found Gross but the German’s goalbound volley hit Hemed on the goal-line and Newcastle somehow cleared.

Elliot made another good stop, this time from March, during an opening 20 minutes played at an unrelenting tempo.

Newcastle had threats in wide areas of their own, particularly the lively Christian Atsu down the left. He combined with Chancel Mbemba to create a chance for Ayoze Perez which flew over, while a rare slip by Lewis Dunk should have been punished by Joselu, but he failed to test Ryan from seven yards.

The tempo dropped towards the end of the first half but both sides would have gone into the break feeling they should have been ahead.

Five minutes into the second half and Albion were in front. Knockaert swung a free kick towards the far post where Dale Stephens had found a yard of space to head into the six-yard box for Hemed who swivelled to volley past a helpless Elliot. It was a goal from a set-piece straight off the training pitch.

Only Elliot’s stunning reactions prevented March from scoring again in the 56th minute when he diverted Bruno’s driven cross goalwards only for the keeper to somehow recover his ground and clear the ball off the line.

Shane Duffy made an important interception to deflect Merino’s shot for a corner before Newcastle made a double change with Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle coming on as they hunted for the equaliser. Shelvey then hit a post direct from a corner and also lifted a free kick over the bar, after Duffy had fouled Perez and picked up a yellow card as a result.

In the closing stages Albion adopted a policy of protecting what they had. Atsu had a sight of goal with ten minutes remaining but volleyed weakly wide on the angle before Jamie Murphy replaced Knockaert.

It was all hands to the pump late on. Dunk and Duffy both made important blocks while Ryan saved from Gayle and Jamaal Lascelles, neither of which seriously threatened the Australian keeper. Bruno then made an important headed clearance deep into stoppage time.

Moments later Albion could celebrate - and the roar of relief around the Amex would probably have been heard in Newcastle.

Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-1-1): Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert (Murphy 81), Propper, Stephens, March; Gross; Hemed. Unused subs: Krul, Huenemeier, Izquierdo, Schelotto, Rosenior, Brown.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba (Gamez 82); Hayden (Shelvey 68), Merino; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Joselu (Gayle 71). Unused subs: Darlow, Murphy, Diame, Manquillo.

Attendance: 30,468 (2,958 Newcastle United)

Man of the match: Tomer Hemed

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Ticket News

NEWCASTLE MATCH SOLD OUT

24 September 2017

Bennett Dean
Albion fans at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion fans are advised that the Premier League match against Newcastle United at the Amex this afternoon has now sold out.

Supporters are advised that there is now no further opportunity to secure tickets for this fixture, with no pay-on-the-day option.

Those supporters that have purchased tickets for today’s game are advised to arrive early, as public transport and the park & ride facilities are expected to be busier than usual.

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