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STRIKER SET FOR RETURN TO THE FOLD

1 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone.

Brighton & Hove Albion play their rearranged Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

The game was moved due to Chelsea’s participation in the Carabao Cup Final, as Albion play their second of three matches in the space of eight days.

Chris Hughton’s side head into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday, when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike proved to be the difference at the Amex.

Chelsea come into Wednesday’s game following a last-gasp 2-1 win away at Cardiff City on Sunday, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s stoppage-time strike ensured the Blues recovered from a goal down to claim all three points.

Maurizio Sarri’s side won by the same margin of victory in this season’s reverse fixture against Albion at the Amex back in December.

Goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard put the west Londoners 2-1 up, before Solly March’s second-half strike set up a nervy finish for the visitors.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Hughton has confirmed that he would still be without Pascal Gross for the game on Wednesday, but also revealed that he was hopeful Florin Andone would play a part in the capital having trained with the side on Monday morning. 

Ethan Ampadu (back) and Marco van Ginkel (knee) are the only confirmed absentees for the hosts, while Davide Zappacosta is a doubt with an ankle injury.

FORM

Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend ended a three-match unbeaten run in all competitions, following the back-to-back league wins over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace, and the dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Millwall.

Chelsea’s 2-1 win in South Wales on Sunday ensured Sarri’s side bounced back from a 2-0 defeat away at Everton eight days ago, when goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the Toffees a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

That result ended a run of five games unbeaten in all competitions for Chelsea, which included an 8-0 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kiev to secure a place in the Europa League quarter-finals, and a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

LAST TIME OUT:

ALBION 0

SOUTHAMPTON 1
Hojbjerg 53

Albion: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Bissouma, Stephens, Propper (Locadia 74); Knockaert, Murray, Jahanbakhsh (March 62).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, Kayal, Izquierdo.

LAST TIME OUT: CHELSEA

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CARDIFF 1
Camarasa 46

CHELSEA 2
Azpilicueta 84
Loftus-Cheek 90 (+1)

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek 64), Barkley; Pedro (Hazard 53), Higuain (Giroud 77), Willian.

Subs not used: Caballero (GK), Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Christensen,

PLAYER TO WATCH: Eden Hazard

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The Belgian continues to be the key figure in a Chelsea side that is battling with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal for the two Champions League berths.

He has appeared in 30 of Chelsea’s 31 league games so far this campaign, and scored 13 times, most recently in the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, when he struck in stoppage time to claim the Blues a share of the spoils.

Hazard has also scored three times in his last three appearances against Albion, netting a brace in their 4-0 win at the Amex last season, and scoring the second goal in their 2-1 win at the same venue last December.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION BEATEN AT THE BRIDGE

3 April 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone in action against Chelsea.
  • Albion are beaten 3-0 by Chelsea
  • Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek score for the hosts
  • Solly March goes off injured in the first half
  • Albion are next in action against Manchester City in an Emirates FA Cup semi-final on Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to back-to-back Premier League defeats after a 3-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Despite being defensively resolute for large periods of the game, two superb second-half strikes from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek alongside Olivier Giroud's opener gave the hosts all three points.

Chris Hughton made four changes to the side that lost 1-0 at home to Southampton, with Bruno, Gaetan Bong, Solly March and Florin Andone all coming into the side.

Chelsea created the first chance of the game when Callum Hudson-Odoi worked his way into a shooting position inside the box, but his shot took a nick off Shane Duffy before going behind.

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The hosts had a penalty shout turned down when Gaetan Bong tussled with N’Golo Kante inside the box, but referee Graham Scott dismissed any appeals for a spot-kick.

The first real chance for the Seagulls came when Alireza Jahanbakhsh strode forward down the right flank and picked out Solly March deep inside the box, but the latter’s strike hit the side-netting.

Chelsea began to find their stride as the half wore on and some free-flowing link-up play involving Hazard and Hudson-Odoi set up a chance for Giroud, whose close-range strike was blocked by Duffy.

Albion were dealt a blow on the half-hour mark, after March came off following a collision with Cesar Azpilicueta and was replaced by Anthony Knockaert.

Azpilicueta had Chelsea’s next chance after meeting Hudson-Odoi’s in-swinging cross from the right, but the Spaniard couldn’t direct his header on target.

Opportunities were limited for Albion in the first half hour, but Yves Bissouma showed some brilliant persistence to beat two players down the right, although his cut-back across the box failed to find an Albion player.

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But the deadlock was broken with 38 minutes on the clock courtesy of Giroud, who deftly finished past Maty Ryan at the near post from Hudson-Odoi’s low-driven cross.

The livewire winger almost turned from provider to goalscorer ten minutes into the second half after rising highest to meet Jorginho’s cross, but the winger couldn’t direct his downward header on target.

Chelsea did score a second on the hour mark through Hazard, who evaded Lewis Dunk’s sliding challenge and placed a fine right-footed shot beyond Ryan into the top right-hand corner.

The hosts effectively ended the game as a contest four minutes later through Loftus-Cheek, as he latched onto Hazard’s pass and sent another clinical strike past Ryan into the top corner.

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Chelsea were well in control at this point, as the ever-threatening Hazard picked out Kante in the area, but the Frenchman fired over from close range.

Bernardo replaced Jahanbakhsh with 15 minutes remaining and almost made an immediate impact after being teed up by Davy Propper on the edge of the area, but Kepa comfortably kept out the Brazilian’s effort.

Knockaert had a chance to score a stoppage-time consolation for Albion after latching onto Dunk's long-range pass, but he fired wide with only Kepa left to beat.

The game finished 3-0, and Hughton’s men will now turn their attention to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, as roughly 35,000 Albion supporters head to Wembley Stadium.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper, Bissouma; Jahanbakhsh (Bernardo 75), Andone (Murray 70), March (Knockaert 31).

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Burn, Kayal, Izquierdo.

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Ticket News

CHELSEA TICKETS ON SALE TO PURCHASE HISTORY SUPPORTERS

26 March 2019

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Albion will play at Chelsea at Stamford Bridge under the floodlights.

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge are now on sale to supporters with a purchase history.

Chris Hughton’s side visit London on Wednesday 3rd April, kick-off 7.45pm, after the original fixture was rearranged due to Chelsea’s progress to the Carabao Cup Final.

More than 800 tickets remain for Albion’s final match before their Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, which takes place at Wembley Stadium a few days later.

Beneath are ticket prices for the game at Stamford Bridge:

Adult £30.00
Senior (65+) £23.50
Under 20 £23.50

Tickets for the game can be purchased at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets or at the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).

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 will be running a coach to the fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex.

A full list of pick-up locations and bookings for all upcoming games can be found here, along with prices.

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