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SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: ALBION PREPARE FOR WEMBLEY SHOWDOWN

4 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion take on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening for their second-ever Emirates FA Cup semi-final, with Chris Hughton’s men taking on reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, kick-off 5.30pm.

The Seagulls booked their place at Wembley after playing five matches in the illustrious competiton, and will be keen to cause an upset to reach a second FA Cup Final in the club's 118-year history.

Hughton's side turn their full attention to Saturday's game against the Citizens after back-to-back defeats in the Premier League against Southampton and Chelsea, which followed wins against Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola's team are 13 matches unbeaten across all competitions, with their last defeat coming against Newcastle United at St James' Park back in January.

Around 35,000 Albion supporters are expected to pack out Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening, as the Seagulls look to secure another date at England's national stadium alongside their seven remaining Premier League matches.

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TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Pascal Gross will miss Albion’s semi-final, while Solly March’s calf injury will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s visit to Wembley.

Jurgen Locadia is hoping to train before the weekend after missing Wednesday night’s match against Chelsea due to a minor calf injury.

Sergio Aguero (hamstring) is a doubt for City ahead of this weekend's game, after missing their 2-0 win against Cardiff City on Wednesday evening, while Oleksandr Zinchenko could also miss out after being withdrawn with a hamstring injury.

Fabian Delph, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo all remain sidelined for the Premier League league leaders.

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THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY

The Seagulls began their cup campaign against Premier League opposition away from home, but it proved a fairly comfortable afternoon for Hughton’s side against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Anthony Knockaert and Yves Bissouma put Albion 2-0 ahead before Marc Pugh pulled a goal back, but Florin Andone headed a third to secure his team’s progress to the next stage of the competition.

After drawing 0-0 against West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round, it took 120 minutes to defeat the Baggies at the Hawthorns, after Andone forced extra time with an equalising goal in the 82nd minute.

Glenn Murray came off the bench to bag a brace inside 13 minutes and book Albion’s place in the fifth round — setting up a match against Derby County at the Amex Stadium.

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Despite Ashley Cole’s late consolation, goals from Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia ensured the Seagulls would reach the quarter-finals and put themselves within one match of playing at Wembley Stadium.

A dramatic encounter unfolded at The Den against Millwall, after Locadia and Solly March found the back of the net to astonishingly turnaround a two-goal deficit to force extra time and penalties.

Murray hit the crossbar with Albion’s opening spot-kick, but Maty Ryan came to his team-mate’s rescues by saving Millwall’s fourth penalty, and Jake Cooper’s miss in sudden death booked Albion’s place at Wembley.

The Citizens opened their FA Cup account with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Rotherham United at the Etihad Stadium, before sweeping aside Premier League opponents Burnley 5-0 at the same venue.

Despite going into the final stages only leading 2-1 at Newport County in the fifth round, two late strikes made the scoreline more comfortable to seal a 4-1 win at Rodney Parade and set up a quarter-final against Swansea City.

City survived a big scare at the Liberty Stadium when the Sky Bet Championship side raced into a 2-0 lead, but three second-half goals turned the game on its head and booked City’s place in the semi-finals.

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LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion finished September with a trip to the Etihad Stadium, and the hosts broke the deadlock after 29 minutes following a slick counter-attacking move.

Leroy Sane broke away down the left flank, latching onto Aguero’s pass, and Raheem Sterling converted from the German’s low cross to the back post to open the scoring.

Knockaert had a chance to level shortly before the break, but the Frenchman’s close-range effort was blocked before the hosts doubled their advantage in the second half.

Aguero set off on a mazy run into Albion’s final third and played a one-two with Sterling before lashing home to round off the scoring, as Albion produced a brave display but left empty-handed.

QUARTER-FINAL: ALBION (won 5-4 on penalties)

MILLWALL 2
Pearce 70
O’Brien 79

ALBION 2
Locadia 88
March 90+2

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper, Kayal (Locadia 73); Knockaert (Izquierdo 73), Murray, Jahanbakhsh (March 67).

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

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QUARTER-FINAL: MAN CITY

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Grimes 20 pen
Celina 29

MAN CITY 3
B Silva
Nordfeldt 78 og
Aguero 88

Man City line-up: Moraes; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph (Zinchenko 57); B Silva, Gundogan, D Silva; Mahrez (Aguero 64), Jesus, Sane (Sterling 57).

Subs not used: Muric (GK), Danilo, Foden, Garcia.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Raheem Sterling

The winger has found the back of the net 19 times this season, while also providing 16 assists for his team-mates across all competitions, as City won the Carabao Cup and still remain in the UEFA Champions League.

Only Aguero, City’s all-time record goalscorer, has struck more times than Sterling this season, but the Argentinian has been reliant on his team-mate’s delivery from wide areas.

Sterling has also been in fine goalscoring form for England since returning from last summer’s World Cup in Russia — the 24-year-old scored twice as Gareth Southgate’s team beat Spain 3-2 away from home.

The winger then fired his first hat-trick for the Three Lions against Czech Republic last month, before claiming a goal and assist against Montenegro a few days later.

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REPORT: ALBION BRAVELY BOW OUT OF THE CUP

6 April 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert in action against Manchester City
  • Albion are beaten 1-0 by Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals
  • Gabriel Jesus on target for City
  • Anthony Knockaert named man of the match in an impressive Albion performance
  • The Seagulls turn their attention back to the Premier League with the visit of AFC Bournemouth next Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion bravely bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the semi-final stage after a narrow 1-0 defeat to quadruple-chasing Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

A header from Gabriel Jesus inside the opening four minutes was enough to confirm City’s place in the final, but Albion exited the competition with plenty of plaudits after a brave performance against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Chris Hughton made four changes to the team that lost 3-0 to Chelsea on Wednesday, after Martin Montoya, Bernardo, Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray all returned to the team.

The deadlock was broken after just four minutes courtesy of Jesus, as the Brazilian ghosted in at the far post with a diving header from Kevin De Bruyne’s teasing cross.

City enjoyed a lot of possession in the early stages, but Albion engineered an opening of their own when Alireza Jahanbakhsh saw his cross hacked away before Ederson claimed Bernardo’s ball back into the box.

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Knockert worked another opportunity from a corner, but his outswinging set-piece just missed Shane Duffy inside the box.

The Seagulls remained undeterred by the early setback, as Yves Bissouma looked to weave his way inside before Bernardo showed good tenacity to pick up the loose ball and feed Davy Propper, but the Dutchman’s strike drifted wide.

Albion were looking to get joy from set-pieces after Knockaert played a searching left-footed free kick into the path of Shane Duffy, but his header drifted harmlessly wide.

The first contentious flashpoint of the game came just after the half-hour mark when VAR came into play to review an altercation between Jahanbakhsh and Kyle Walker, with the latter appearing to headbutt the Albion man.

Despite Seagulls supporters’ appeals for the England man to receive his marching orders, both Jahanbakhsh and Walker received a yellow card each.

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Albion continued their positive play through the tireless Knockaert, who was picked out by Bissouma on the right, and the former found a way past Benjamin Mendy before firing over the bar.

Hughton’s team continued from where they left off at the start of the second half, with some brave free-flowing football and they showed plenty of attacking intent from set-pieces, which gave City’s defence plenty of cause for concern.

Knockaert’s corner picked out Duffy inside the box, and the Irishman’s header was flicked over the bar at the last moment by Aymeric Laporte.

Chances were few and far between for Guardiola’s men, as Maty Ryan comfortably kept out Ilkay Gundogan’s speculative strike from distance.

Despite playing below their exceptionally high standards, City had the chance to add a second goal through Raheem Sterling, who forced Ryan into a fine two-handed save.

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Sterling was thwarted by the Albion defence again, this time by Dunk’s super sliding challenge to keep out the England winger’s long-range effort.

Jose Izquierdo was brought on for the final 20 minutes by Hughton, and the Colombian looked to level the scores in emphatic fashion, but his curling effort from distance went straight into Ederson’s grasp.

Knockaert was named man of the match for his tireless display and immediately strode forward on goal and went down under the challenge of Laporte inside the box, but referee Anthony Taylor waved play on.

The Seagulls continued to push for a late equaliser, but it wasn’t to be, and the 33,000-plus Albion fans gave the players a standing ovation which their performance so richly deserved.

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper, Bissouma (Locadia 82); Knockaert, Murray (Andone 65), Jahanbakhsh (Izquierdo 70).

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bruno, Burn, Bong.

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Ticket News

BOXPARK SOLD OUT

5 April 2019

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final HQ at Boxpark has now sold out, and as a thank you to supporters, the club in partnership with American Express will offer a free refreshment to the first 1,000 people through the doors!

Approximately 2,500 Albion fans, directors, staff, sponsors and guests will be in attendance inside the venue ahead of Saturday’s game.

Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said, “It is great news that we have managed to sell out the Boxpark venue.

“Saturday will be such a memorable occasion for everyone concerned with the football club regardless of the result, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the club’s directors, staff, players, friends and families, sponsors and commercial partners together with a large number of our fans all in one place on the day.

“The thinking behind hiring Boxpark was with this in mind, and selling out the venue shows how far we have come as a football club.”

The venue opens at 11am and those inside the venue on the day will be able to whet their appetite for Saturday’s big game by reliving the legendary 1983 cup run, and listen to interviews with a number of club legends, including: Gordon Smith, Alan Mullery, Andy Rollings, Dean Wilkins, Stuart Storer, Guy Butters and Steve Sidwell.

Chairman Tony Bloom will take part in a Q+A ahead of the big kick-off at 1pm, while Skint Records DJ Andy Mac is going to perform a live set before the game.

The festivities continue at full time, with Jason Hayward, aka Phats of Phats & Small fame, set to perform once the match has concluded, as fans will be allowed to stay in the venue until 11pm.

Those fans that have missed out on tickets for Albion’s HQ, can take advantage of a free outdoor fan zone at Wembley Park.

This includes a full Budweiser bar and a number of hot street food options, and supporters will be able to enter the space on production of their match tickets.

The fan zone opens at 10am and closes an hour before kick-off, giving supporters plenty of time to head to Wembley Stadium ahead of the game.

For more information on the location of the fan zone, please see the map below.

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Please see the terms and conditions of the free drink offer below.

Terms & Conditions

•The first 1,000 Brighton fans arriving at Boxpark Wembley who have Boxpark tickets on Saturday 6th April 2019 will receive a voucher on arrival.
•One free drink per person for duration of offer on presentation of a valid voucher up to the value of £5.50. Anything in excess of this must be paid by you.
•Over 18 only for alcoholic drinks valid ID must be provided if requested.
•Offer only valid on 6th April 2019 for the FA Cup Semi-final match of Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
•Only available at Boxpark Wembley.
•No cash equivalent and cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer.

 

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