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DUNK SET TO RETURN FOR EVERTON CLASH

28 December 2018

Bennett Dean
Lewis Dunk is back from suspension for the visit of Everton to the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Brighton & Hove Albion continue their busy festive schedule with the visit of Everton to the Amex on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
 
Chris Hughton’s men head into the match after an impressive 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day - the result means Albion have taken seven points from their six games in December, as the Seagulls prepare to play their final match of 2018.
 
Everton ended a run of five games without a victory on Boxing Day with an emphatic 5-1 win away at Burnley, which leaves the Toffees eighth in the Premier League table – five places and five points clear of the Seagulls in 13th.
 
TEAM NEWS
 
Albion have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday, while Lewis Dunk will be available for selection once again after serving a one-match suspension following his sending off in last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth.
 
Hughton will be without Maty Ryan, with the shot-stopper now away on international duty after linking up with Australia for next month’s Asian Cup.
 
Marco Silva hopes to welcome back Ademola Lookman into training before the week is out, after the young winger was ruled out with an ankle problem.
 
 
FORM
 
The Seagulls opened December with back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace, but three defeats have followed for Hughton’s men, who occupy 13th position in the league table.
 
A James Tarkowski goal gave Burnley a 1-0 win at Turf Moor, before Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory at the Amex.
 
Hughton’s side then travelled to the Vitality Stadium, and a David Brooks double proved to be the difference in a 2-0 win for AFC Bournemouth.
 
A run of three straight defeats came to an end on Boxing Day, as Jurgen Locadia’s strike cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener to give Albion a creditable 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
 
The Toffees will head into Saturday’s game buoyed by a 5-1 win away at Burnley on Boxing Day, as a goal from Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne’s brace, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty and Richarlison’s strike secured an emphatic win.
 
That result comes after a largely frustrating festive period, which saw Marco Silva’s side beaten 6-2 by Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park, a result which was proceeded by a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
 
Everton had back-to-back draws with Newcastle United and Watford, after sharing the spoils with 1-1 and 2-2 scorelines, following a 1-0 derby defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.
 
LAST TIME WE MET
 
 
Everton took all three points in this season’s reverse fixture at Goodison Park after claiming a 3-1 victory on 3rd November.
 
Richarlison gave the hosts the lead in the 26th minute, as the Brazilian ended a swift counter-attack to break the deadlock.
 
Dunk levelled the scores seven minutes later with a powerful downward header, as he met a Solly March cross into the box.
 
Seamus Coleman regained the hosts’ lead five minutes after the re-start, before Richarlison got his second and Everton’s third, after rounding both Shane Duffy and Ryan to secure all three points.
 
LAST TIME OUT: ALBION
 
 
ALBION 1
Locadia 35
 
ARSENAL 1
Aubameyang 7
 
Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Duffy, Bernardo; March, Stephens, Propper, Gross, Locadia (Knockaert 86); Murray (Andone 79).
 
Subs not used: Button (GK) Bruno, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma.
 
LAST TIME OUT: EVERTON
 
 
BURNLEY 1
Gibson 36
 
EVERTON 5
Mina 2, Digne 13, 71, Sigurdsson 22 (pen), Richarlison 90 +3
 
Everton: Pickford; Mina, Keane, Zouma; Coleman, Sigurdsson, Gomes (Gueye 75), Digne; Walcott, Bernard (Davies 80); Calvert-Lewin (Richarlison 67).
 
Subs not used: Stekelenburg (GK), Jagielka, Baines, Niasse.
 
PLAYER TO WATCH: Richarlison
 
 
The Brazilian has hit the ground running for the Toffees this season, after scoring nine goals in 17 Premier League appearances, which included a brace against Albion earlier in the season.
 
The striker has scored in his last two games, after netting in stoppage time in the 5-1 win at Burnley and the 6-2 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
 
The 21-year-old has also been deployed on both the right and left flanks by Silva, and managed to score a brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the season after being used on the left.
 
Richarlison’s pace and clinical finishing will certainly give the Albion defence plenty to think about on Saturday. 

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REPORT: ALBION 1 EVERTON 0

29 December 2018

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Paul Hazlewood
Jurgen Locadia wheels away in celebration after firing the winning goal.
  • Albion beat Everton 1-0
  • Jurgen Locadia on target for the Seagulls
  • David Button makes his Premier League debut
  • The Seagulls begin 2019 away at West Ham United on 2nd January

Brighton & Hove Albion ended 2018 on a winning note after grinding out a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Everton at the Amex Stadium.

Jurgen Locadia’s second goal in as many games was enough to separate the two sides, as Albion moved 11 points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
 
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Arsenal on Boxing Day, with David Button, Lewis Dunk and Florin Andone all coming into the side.
 
After an uneventful opening ten minutes, Michael Keane rose highest in the box to meet Bernard’s in-swinging cross from the left, but the defender headed wide.
 
Moments later Pascal Gross’s shot was saved by Jordan Pickford, before Jurgen Locadia saw his follow-up strike blocked.
 
The cagey nature of the first half continued, as Shane Duffy played a long pass forward to Andone, who almost got the better of Kurt Zouma before the ball went out of play.
 
There was a nervy moment for Premier League debutant Button when he dropped Theo Walcott’s cross, allowing Richarlison to pounce on the rebound, but the linesman’s flag was raised.

 
The shot-stopper redeemed himself moments later with a fine save at his near post to deny Richarlison, before Dunk made an important block to keep out Seamus Coleman’s effort.
 
The visitors were looking increasingly dangerous as the half wore on, as Idrissa Gueye narrowly failed to connect with Walcott’s cross into the far post.
 
Albion still had chances though, and Davy Propper showed brilliant persistence to engineer a shooting opportunity before being intercepted by Zouma.
 
Everton broke forward again through Gueye, who intercepted a sloppy cross-field pass and ran toward goal, only to see his shot cleared away by Martin Montoya.
 
Hughton’s men had a chance to break the deadlock shortly after the re-start when Propper superbly dummied a Dunk pass and set up Andone, but the Romanian was thwarted by Zouma’s last-ditch challenge.
 
Andone came closer to breaking the deadlock just shy of the hour mark as his point-blank header from a Gross free kick was pushed over the bar by Pickford.

 
Albion did take the lead on the hour mark courtesy of Locadia, who fired home from close range from a Gross corner. The Dutchman’s strike was initially ruled out for offside, but with the final touch coming off Andre Gomes, the referee reinstated the goal.
 
But that lead was almost wiped out in the space of a minute, as Button pushed Richarlison’s close-range effort onto the post.
 
Bernard had another opportunity after weaving his way into the box from the left, but his subsequent attempt went over the bar.
 
The tireless Andone received a standing ovation with 15 minutes remaining, after being replaced by Glenn Murray.
 
Murray had a chance to double Albion’s advantage shortly after being introduced, as Locadia superbly took down Montoya’s cross from the right flank, but the Seagulls top scorer’s shot was headed clear by Keane.
 
Despite Albion looking more likely to get another goal, the visitors came within inches of levelling the scores after Zouma rose highest in the box to meet Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross, but his header clipped off the bar.
 
The Seagulls defence stood firm in the closing stages to claim three hard-earned points, with the attention now turning to a match away at West Ham United on 2nd January.
 
ALBION: Button; Montoya, Dunk (c), Duffy, Bernardo; March, Stephens, Propper, Locadia; Gross; Andone (Murray 75).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Bong, Balogun, Kayal, Bissouma, Gyokeres.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V EVERTON

28 December 2018

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief for Albion v Everton.
Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Everton to the Amex in the Premier League on Saturday, 29th December, kick-off 3pm.
 
GAP Solutions is the official match sponsor.

The ball sponsor is Shelia Holcombe and associate sponsor is Paddock Shear.
 
Fans are encouraged to arrive at the stadium in good time to take advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ deal in the concourses, which includes any food item and a pint for £8 or soft drink for £6.
 
The Christmas Pie is also still available as part of Albion’s Festive Menu. This includes traditional turkey with trimmings and cranberry sauce.
 
The Winter Sale continues in the Club Superstore with great offers on a range of items. Please note, Christmas gift refunds and exchanges can only be done after the match.
 
Travel Information
 
All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.
 
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a matchday service, but supporters are advised to check with Southern’s website prior to travelling.
 
Park & Rides: Both Brighton Racecourse & Mill Road will be open from midday.
 
Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. Supporters are therefore advised to use public transport wherever possible.
 
All vehicles accredited to park at the University of Sussex must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.
 
Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area both pre and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.
 
Parking: We have no local street parking available for football supporters, as all areas have a residents parking scheme in operation, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.
 
Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.
 
Drop-offs & Pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way, or at the Woollard Way (entrance to the Bridge car park), and supporters are advised to use our official drop-off and pick-up point located at the University of Sussex, where our drop off point is in Car Park 5, located by the Sports Hall.
 
This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium.
There is also a free shuttle bus in operation.
 
Opening and Closing Times
 
The club superstore will be open from 9am and will close at 6pm after the game. The shop is also closed during the match.
 
The ticket office will open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will be closed during the second half and after the match.
 
Dick’s Bar is open from 12pm until kick-off and then after the match until 7.30pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.
 
All concourses will open at 1pm. East, South and West concourses will close at 6.30pm post-match. The North concourse will close at 7.30pm.
 
1901 Club Lounges, HB’s Restaurant, Mullery’s and The Goldstone Restaurant will all open at 12.30pm. All restaurants will close at 7pm.
 
All lounges will close at 6.30pm, with the exception of Mayo Wynne Baxter, which will close at 7.30pm.
 
Please note all bars will stop serving 15 minutes before the scheduled closing time.
 
The Fanzone and food outlets will be open from 12pm. Supporters will be greeted by ‘The Gangsters’ who will be playing on the bandstand. The outside bar will close at 2.15pm.
 
In the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses, the TV screens will be showing Rangers v Celtic pre-match, and Liverpool v Arsenal post-match.

Ticket Office
 
Please note this fixture has sold out. However, there are tickets still available through the ticket exchange system to supporters with a purchase history. These tickets will have to be booked in advance. Please visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets for more information.
 
Club Superstore
 
The two external retail outlets will be open for this fixture. They are situated at the south-east approach T-junction, and north-west corner, stocking a range of souvenirs.
 
1901 Club Lounge Dress Code
 
We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.
 
Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes.
 
Please note that ripped jeans, shorts and flip-flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.
 
Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable.
 
Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away team colours or shirts are not permitted under any circumstances. Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.
 
Unfortunately, we will be unable to reseat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

Download Albion’s App
 
Our brand-new match predictor is now live on Albion’s app. Download here for iPhone or here for Android and predict the score and the man of the match.
 
Prohibited Items
 
Please note, the club has taken the step to add flasks, cartons and larger bottles – in whatever material they are made from – to the prohibited list from this season. The full list of prohibited items can be found here.
 
Other Information
 
There will be a pitchside interview taking place at half-time with Sue Brown, who works in Albion in the Community’s Health team. She will be giving supporters information on how AITC can support those looking to stop smoking.
 
Although not applicable for this fixture, The Brighton Main Line Improvement Project will be undertaking works from Three Bridges to Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes from 16-24 February 2019 and over several weekends from October 2018 to May 2019. Don’t miss the match, plan ahead – sign up for alerts at Brightonmainline.co.uk.

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