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PREVIEW: ALBION V WEST BROMWICH ALBION

7 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Bruno takes hold of possession during a training session.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to the Amex on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls opened their account with a 0-0 draw against Watford before the international break, and Chris Hughton’s men will be looking to build on their positive performance against the Baggies.

Davy Propper and Shane Duffy were both on the scoresheet for their respective nations last weekend, with the Dutchman getting a brace against Bulgaria, after Duffy headed his first senior goal for the Republic or Ireland.

New signings Ezequiel Schelotto, Tim Krul and Jose Izquierdo could all make their home debuts for the Seagulls, following the close of the summer transfer window.

After missing Albion’s draw against Watford, Glenn Murray trained with his team-mates on Thursday morning and Hughton hopes to have the striker available for Saturday’s game.

Tomer Hemed has been assessed since retuning from international duty with Israel, and Hughton also expects the striker to be fine for West Brom’s visit.

Izzy Brown has returned from Chelsea and should restart training with his team-mates next week, likewise Gaetan Bong, but Steve Sidwell (back), Sam Baldock (calf) and Beram Kayal (fibula) will miss out.

West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu will be unavailable for this weekend’s clash, following his straight red card after scoring the winning goal against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Defender Gareth McAuley (thigh) remains a doubt for the Baggies, while Oliver Burke could make his first start after coming off the bench against Bournemouth last time out.

Kieran Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak could also make their debuts after signing from Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain respectively.


FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls secured their first Premier League point in a goalless draw at Vicarage Road, as Hughton’s team enjoyed the majority of possession against the Hornets, who were reduced to ten men.

Albion hit the post through Anthony Knockaert and Hemed either side of Miguel Britos being given his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on the Frenchman, but neither side could find a breakthrough.

The season got underway with back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City, with Albion holding Pep Guardiola’s team for 70 minutes before Sergio Aguero found the breakthrough.

A first victory of the season came in the Carabao Cup second round, when James Tilley came off the bench to score his first senior goal to secure a 1-0 win over Barnet at the Amex.

WEST BROM: The Baggies have made an unbeaten start to the season and currently occupy fifth spot in the Premier League, after two wins and a draw from their opening three fixtures.

Summer signing Ahmed Hegazi scored the winning goal on the first day of the season, as Tony Pulis and his team overcame Bournemouth at the Hawthorns.

Hal Robson-Kanu then notched the winner against Burnley at Turf Moor, before West Brom reached the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory at Accrington Stanley.

The West Midlands club returned to Premier League action with the visit of Stoke City, but after Jay Rodriquez had given the Baggies a 1-0 lead, Peter Crouch levelled to earn a share of the spoils.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION


WATFORD 0


ALBION 0


Albion line-up:
Ryan; Bruno (Rosenior 46), Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert (Izquierdo 81), Propper, Stephens, March; Gross (Murphy 90+1); Hemed.

Subs not used: Maenpaa, Huenemeier, Sidwell, Skalak.


LAST TIME OUT: WEST BROM




WEST BROM 1
Rodriguez
 61

STOKE 1

Crouch 77

West Brom line-up: Foster; Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Brunt; Phillips (McClean 74), Livermore, Barry, Morrison (Yacob 70); Rodriguez (Burke 88), Rondon.

Subs not used: Myhill (GK), Wilson, Field, Chadli.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Gareth Barry

The central midfielder started his career with the Seagulls as a trainee in 1995, before moving to Aston Villa two years later, where he would go on to make just short of 400 senior appearances.

Barry departed Villa Park after 12 seasons in 2009, joining Manchester City for £12 million, and the Englishman went on to win the FA Cup in 2011 before winning the Premier League the following season.

Only Ryan Giggs has made more Premier League appearances than Barry, who currently sits on 630, however the West Brom player will move to within one of the Welshman if he features this weekend.

Barry has found the back of the net 52 times in the Premier League, and has also collected 53 caps for England since making his debut in 2000.

The 36-year-old predominantly plays as a defensive midfielder, linking up the play and showing his reliability to work hard both on and off the ball.

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Match Reports

ALBION 3 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1

9 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed celebrates scoring Albion's third goal.

 

  •  Albion secure their first-ever Premier League win
  •  Pascal Gross (2) and Tomer Hemed on target
  •  West Brom score a consolation through James Morrison
  •  The Seagulls up to 13th ahead of visit to Bournemouth on Friday

Brighton & Hove Albion enjoyed their first top-flight win since 1983 after a superb performance against previously undefeated West Bromwich Albion at the Amex.

Having waited 34 years for a top-flight goal, Seagulls fans celebrated two in three minutes either side of the break thanks to German midfielder Pascal Gross.

A close-range finish to make it 1-0 at the break was followed by a second from outside the box that gave Albion a valuable cushion early in the second half.

Gross then turned provider after 63 minutes when his cross was headed in at the near post by Tomer Hemed. James Morrison came off the bench to pull one back for West Brom, but the home defence stood firm in the closing stages to make sure Albion and their fans in a crowd of 30,381 could celebrate three Premier League points.

Chris Hughton had named the same starting XI that picked up a point at Watford last time out and Albion were on the front foot from the start, backed by a vociferous full house.

Solly March had an early sight of goal but volleyed over. However, he was on target in the 12th minute when Ben Foster spilled his shot from outside the box and Shane Duffy swept it home, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside against the defender.

Anthony Knockaert was next to try his luck from distance but Foster got behind his 25-yarder before the visitors threatened for the first time on 22 minutes when Gareth Barry, who started his career in Albion’s youth set-up, shot well over when a free kick broke to him on the edge of the box.

Solid and well-organised, West Brom showed why they had started the season so well. Albion needed to be patient to open up spaces and they did so when a good move down the right ended with Dale Stephens clipping his effort over the bar.

Maty Ryan was forced into his first save six minutes before the break when he pushed out Barry’s volley but Albion ended the half strongly. Knockaert hit one with his left foot a yard over the target before they deservedly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.

March worked some space to cross from the left and Gross took a touch before firing low into the right-hand corner from six yards. The Amex erupted and Albion had a precious advantage.

Two minutes after the break it was 2-0 – and Gross was again on target. Hemed did superbly to pick him out and, as West Brom’s defence retreated, the midfielder needed no invitation to let fly from 20 yards and his low shot flew past Foster into the bottom left-hand corner.

Albion had their tails up and only some tremendous reflexes by Foster to keep out Duffy’s far post header denied them another goal in the 58th minute.

Five minutes later, though, it was 3-0. Gross was the creator this time, whipping over a great cross at pace from the left. Hemed cleverly stole in front of his marker and his glancing header beat Foster at the near post.

The visitors pushed men forward in an attempt to salvage something with Scotland international Oliver Burke a real danger down their right.

They pulled one back in the 77th minute when their two substitutes combined with Burke heading a cross into the path of Morrison, who swept it home from close range, despite Duffy’s efforts to clear it off the line.

It made the closing stages more fraught than they should have been for Albion fans and Ryan pulled off a good save in stoppage time to deny Morrison, but on the balance of play Albion richly deserved the three points.

LOTTERY RESULTS


1901 CLUB LOTTERY

1ST PRIZE £1000 087547
2ND PRIZE       087068
3RD PRIZE       086513
4TH PRIZE       087945
5TH PRIZE       086416


ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £500  2062
2ND £50   4453
3RD £25   2012

1ST GOAL TIME 45 MINS

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Ticket News

LIMITED WEST BROM TICKETS AVAILABLE

5 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
The Amex

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action this Saturday with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to the Amex, kick-off 3pm.  

The visit of the Baggies is the first of two home games this month, as Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United side head south on Sunday 24th September, kick-off 4pm.

With less than 200 tickets remaining and the match expected to sell out very soon, supporters wishing to secure their seats are advised to book now.

Tickets are on sale to supporters with a purchase history and prices for this Category C game start from £30 for adults, £23 for over-65 and under-21s, and £15 for under-18s.

A limited number of hospitality places remain available, and are on general sale.  Hospitality starts from £160 +VAT and includes: a three-course meal, inclusive wine and beer and a premium seat in our 1901 Club seating areas.

To secure your tickets, please visit seagullstickets.com or call the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901*. To book hospitality please call 01273 878278.

There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone and in-person sales, and a reduced fee of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases where tickets are posted/collected. Print-at-Home tickets are exempt from booking fees when purchased online.

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 cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.

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