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20 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo will miss Saturday's game.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their first of two visits to AFC Bournemouth in the space of two weeks, as they come up against Eddie Howe’s team at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, kick-off 3pm.

After league matches against Arsenal, Everton and West Ham United, the Seagulls will visit the Cherries again in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Chris Hughton’s team are looking to bounce back from two Premier League defeats in a row, most recently losing 2-1 against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium last weekend.

The Cherries have also lost back-to-back league games, before Chelsea sealed a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals to knock Howe’s side out of the tournament.


Albion will be without Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo for Saturday's game, while Shane Duffy will serve the last match of his suspension.

Simon Francis is a doubt for Saturday’s match, as the defender continues his recovery from a groin injury, while Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith all remain sidelined for the Cherries.


The Seagulls have taken six points from their opening four matches in December. Hughton’s side began with their second away victory of the season, winning 2-1 against Huddersfield Town.

Albion followed up that result with an impressive 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, despite having Shane Duffy sent off in the opening half at the Amex.

But consecutive defeats to Burnley and Chelsea have followed, leaving the Seagulls in 13th position ahead of their trip along the south coast.

The Cherries have taken just three points from their previous seven league matches, winning 2-1 against Huddersfield in amongst six defeats.

Howe’s side have played Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool within that run of games, but most recently lost 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers to leave them 11th in the league table.


The teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on New Year’s Day at the Amex Stadium, with Bournemouth twice coming from behind to take a share of the spoils.

Anthony Knockaert opened the scoring in the fifth minute, tapping home from Izquierdo’s cross, but Steve Cook headed the Cherries level before the break.

Izquierdo was the provider again for the Seagulls, as he squared the ball for Glenn Murray to put Albion ahead in the 48th minute, but Callum Wilson bundled home a second for the visitors late on.


March 66

Pedro 17
Hazard 33

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Knockaert (Locadia 83), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Bissouma 82); Murray (Andone 63).

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bruno, Bong, Kayal.


Hazard 84


Bournemouth line-up: Boruc; S Cook, Simpson, Daniels; Ibe, Stanislas (Fraser 63), Brooks (Defoe 88), Ake, Rico; Wilson, Mousset (King 73).

Subs not used: Travers (GK), Mings, Surman, Pugh.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Callum Wilson

The forward has already matched his record number of goals in a Premier League season, having hit the back of the net eight times in Bournemouth’s opening 16 matches of the campaign.

Wilson has also provided six assists for his team-mates, three times more than the 26-year-old managed for the Cherries last season.

The striker also made his England debut alongside Lewis Dunk against USA last month, rounding off a comfortable 3-0 victory for Gareth Southgate’s team with a 77th-minute strike.

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22 December 2018

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Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
  • Albion lose 2-0 at AFC Bournemouth
  • David Brooks scores twice for the hosts
  • Lewis Dunk sent off in the second half
  • Albion next in action on Boxing Day at home to Arsenal

Brighton & Hove Albion left the Vitality Stadium empty-handed after a frustrating 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth.

Despite creating a number of opportunities in an encouraging first-half display, a David Brooks brace gave the Cherries all three points against an Albion side reduced to ten men after the break, following Lewis Dunk’s sending off.
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Chelsea last Sunday, with Florin Andone, Jurgen Locadia and Yves Bissouma all introduced into the side.
The hosts had a chance inside the opening three minutes when Leon Balogun brought down Junior Stanislas on the edge of the box, but the latter’s free kick sailed harmlessly over the bar.
Hughton’s men carved through the Bournemouth defence courtesy of a brilliant one-two between Pascal Gross and Bissouma, but the latter’s strike was kept out by Asmir Begovic.
But the hosts almost undid all of Albion’s positive play in the opening stages when Simon Francis sent an enticing cross towards Callum Wilson, whose glancing header went narrowly wide.
Wilson was involved in the thick of the action again after he saw his close-range strike superbly cleared off the line by a backpedalling Bernardo, before Maty Ryan made a fine save from Brooks’s follow-up strike.
The game continued in a lively fashion and Locadia was next to come close, as the Dutchman’s low-driven shot was pushed away by Begovic.
The hosts broke the deadlock with 21 minutes played through Brooks, who took a few touches on the edge of the area and sent a powerful left-footed strike past Ryan into the bottom corner.
Albion went in search of a response and broke forward at pace with some good link-up play involving March and Gross, and the latter’s ball across the area was met by Bissouma, but his effort was blocked by Locadia.
Dunk was next to come close when his glancing header was pushed away by Begovic following Gross’s enticing ball into the area.
The Cherries could’ve doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time, as Nathan Ake lunged in to meet Francis’s cross, but saw his attempt deflected over.
After a cagey start to the second half, Bournemouth were awarded free kick on the edge of the area, which Stanislas sent just past the right post.
Andrew Surman was next to try his luck with a shot from distance that also went over the target, as Albion struggled to regain a foothold in the contest.
The task of getting back into the game became even more of an uphill struggle when Dunk was sent off for a second yellow card for a challenge on Wilson, which put the Seagulls down to ten men.
The hosts made their one-man advantage count in the 78th minute, as Brooks got his and Bournemouth’s second goal with a glancing header from Ryan Fraser’s cross to effectively put the result beyond doubt.

Albion will now look to bounce back quickly when Arsenal visit the Amex on Boxing Day, as the hectic festive schedule continues.

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Propper, Bissouma; Gross (Bong 76), Locadia (Knockaert 70), Andone (Murray 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK) Bruno, Kayal, Stephens.

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