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PREVIEW: ALBION PAIR IN CONTENTION FOR WATFORD

31 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bernardo arrive at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Watford to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm, and Chris Hughton’s side will be hoping to react in positive fashion after Tuesday’s defeat in London.

The Seagulls raced into a 2-0 lead against Fulham at Craven Cottage, but four second-half goals turned the game on its head and extended Albion’s search for a league win to four matches.

Watford’s six-game unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday evening, as two late goals from Tottenham Hotspur overturned their 1-0 lead at Wembley Stadium.

Albion recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over the Hornets when they visited the Amex in 2017, with Pascal Gross firing the winning goal in front of the North Stand after the break.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Alireza Jahanbakhsh is back from the Asian Cup and will train on Friday, as he comes back into contention for the Seagulls.

Bernardo has already returned to training, but a decision will be made on the fitness of the Brazilian, while Jose Izquierdo (knee) remains sidelined through injury.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (knee) could return for the Hornets after missing league matches against Burnley and Watford, but Sebastian Prodl (knee), Kiko Femenia (hamstring) are both expected to miss out through injury.



FORM

The Seagulls looked to be heading towards their first league victory since a 1-0 victory over Everton in December, but Fulham overturned Albion’s 2-0 lead to claim all three points at Craven Cottage.

Hughton’s side had previously drawn 0-0 against West Bromwich Albion in the Emirates FA Cup, and despite encouraging displays against Liverpool and Manchester United beforehand, Albion were narrowly beaten in both games.

Albion opened 2019 with a 2-2 draw against West Ham United at the London Stadium, and currently occupy 13th position in the Premier League table.

The Hornets have proven themselves hard to beat in recent weeks, as they strung together six unbeaten matches and progressed through two rounds of the FA Cup.

But Spurs were able to inflict defeat on Gracia’s side in London during the week, with Watford’s 2-1 defeat leaving them in 13th position after 24 matches played.

Despite winning twice in the FA Cup, the Hornets have only managed one victory in their last six Premier League matches, as they won 2-1 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.



LAST TIME WE MET

Albion made the short trip to Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season, but Hughton’s side found themselves behind after 35 minutes, when Roberto Pereyra volleyed home from the edge of the penalty area.

The Argentinian fired his second goal of the game after the break, as he cut inside off the left wing and curled a shot past Maty Ryan, and despite Albion’s efforts to get back into the game, it ended in defeat.



LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

FULHAM 4
Chambers 47
Mitrovic 58, 74
Vietto 79

ALBION 2
Murray 3, 17

Albion line-up: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper; March, Gross (Andone 77), Locadia (Knockaert 71); Murray.

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



LAST TIME OUT: WATFORD

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
Son 80
Llorente 87

WATFORD 1
Cathcart 38

Watford line-up: Foster; Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Hughes, Cleverley (Wilmot 66), Capoue, Pereyra; Deulofeu (Success 61), Deeney.

Subs not used: Gomes (GK), Britos, Masina, Sema, Quina.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Roberto Pereyra

Albion know all too well about the threat Watford’s number 37 poses — his opening day double at Vicarage Road secured a 2-0 victory, with his first strike being a sweetly-struck volley straight from a corner.

In total, the Argentinian has started all 24 Premier League matches for Watford this season, scoring six goals and claiming two assists along the way.

His form in England’s top flight has sprung him back into Argentina’s national side — Pereyra made three appearances across October and November, and scored his first senior goal against Iran.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 0 WATFORD 0

2 February 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma drives forward against Watford at the Amex Stadium.
  • Albion draw 0-0 against Watford
  • The Seagulls create numerous chances throughout the game
  • Ben Foster makes a string of important saves for Watford
  • Brighton move eight points clear of the bottom three
Brighton & Hove Albion were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Watford, despite a dominant display at the Amex Stadium.
 
After creating numerous chances throughout the 90 minutes, Albion had to settle for a share of the spoils, as they moved one point further away from the bottom three, giving themselves an eight-point cushion.
 
Chris Hughton was forced to make one late change to the starting line-up with Yves Bissouma replacing Dale Stephens, which meant Dan Burn would take his place on the bench.
 
Albion created their first opening when Solly March reacted to Gaetan Bong’s cross and fired over the bar, but Bong couldn’t quite keep the ball in play as the linesman flagged for a goal kick.
 
Watford had their first chance after Troy Deeney got the better of Lewis Dunk from Daryl Janmaat’s cross, but his header went wide.
 
Bissouma was teed up by Glenn Murray on the edge of the area, but the former’s shot went off target, in what was a cagey opening 20 minutes.

 
Pascal Gross’s free kick caused issues in the Watford defence, as Dunk’s cut-back across the box was cleared away from Murray, before Gross dragged the loose ball wide.
 
Gross was the architect for another chance soon after, as Dunk reacted to the German’s set-piece with a header that went off target.
 
The German played in another set-piece that caused the Watford defence problems, and this time Davy Propper shot over at the far post after Shane Duffy went down in the box under Craig Cathcart’s challenge. Despite the Irishman’s appeals, referee Simon Hooper waved play on.
 
Gross whipped in another brilliant cross, this time for Jurgen Locadia, whose header was pushed away by Ben Foster.
 
Solly March’s corner a minute after the re-start was tipped behind by Foster, as Albion looked to make a fast start to the half.
 
The winger was involved in the thick of the action again when he got past his marker and looked to pick out Murray, but Janmaat cleared the danger.
 
Martin Montoya was next to engineer a chance when his pass split open the Watford
defence, but Murray couldn’t quite latch onto the Spaniard’s pass, before Gaetan Bong fired over.



Albion continued to press, and another opportunity presented itself to Murray, who headed over from a Gross free kick.
 
Gross continued to be Albion’s key protagonist going forward, and he picked out Locadia, but the Dutchman’s header was tipped over by Foster.
 
Duffy then attempted the spectacular with an overhead kick, but Foster made a superb save with his foot.
 
Locadia was picked out again, this time by Bong, but fired wide after taking the ball down with his left foot.
 
Watford looked to steal an unlikely three points when substitute Andre Gray weaved his way into the box, but Dunk showed tremendous bravery to make an interception with his head on the ground.
 
Substitute Florin Andone was next to come close for the Seagulls after being teed up by Gross, but the Romanian shot wide.
 
Bissouma could’ve sealed a dramatic win late on, but his fierce effort went wide and the game finished goalless.
 
The Seagulls will now turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns next Wednesday.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Bissouma; March, Gross, Locadia; Murray (Andone 72).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Balogun, Burn, Knockaert, Kayal, Jahnabakhsh.

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V WATFORD

1 February 2019

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief for Albion v Watford.
Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Watford to the Amex in the Premier League on Saturday 2nd February, kick-off 3pm.
 
The match sponsor for this match is Sky Construction, our match ball sponsor is Everest Miles and our kit sponsor for this match is Cordell & Co. 
 
All supporters are advised to take extra care due to the recent wintry conditions, as some surfaces around the stadium and in the off-site park & rides may still be slippery. 
  
Travel Information
 
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating an enhanced 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, however please be aware that due to the wintry weather conditions, parking at the racecourse will be restricted. Stewards will be on hand to direct supporters, and those using the sites are advised to arrive as soon as possible.
 
Car Parks: All parking at both the Bridge (Car Park B) and at Sussex University (Car Park C) has now sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day.
 
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.
 
Buses: Brighton & Hove Buses will be operating a full Saturday service within our travel scheme, therefore free travel is available to supporters on production of a match ticket, but please check on the club's website for areas within the bus travel scheme. 
 
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 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 free shuttle bus in operation.
 
All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.
 
 
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.
 
The 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 ‘Zoe Zori’ 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 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United pre-match, and both the Premier League match between Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth, and the Championship clash between Leeds United and Norwich City 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 can be purchased in person until kick-off. Please visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets for more information.
 
Tickets are still available for the visit of Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday 9th February, available on general sale.
 
Supporters wishing to attend the SSE Women’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United at The People’s Pension Stadium in Crawley this Sunday 3rd February, can purchase tickets on the gate for the 12.30pm kick-off.
 
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.
 
Food and drink
 
This week’s guest pie is Chilli and Chocolate, available across the stadium.
Following increased demand, vegetarian burgers will now be available in every concourse kiosk inside the stadium.
 
The middle kiosks on all levels offer gluten free and vegan options, along with The Chicken Stack Burger with hash brown, bacon and garlic mayo.
 
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.
 
Prohibited Items
 
In light of recent high-profile incidents where a range of items – including capped water bottles – have been thrown on to the pitch at a number of matches around the country, we are reminding all Brighton & Hove Albion and visiting supporters that bottles with tops on them are prohibited at the Amex Stadium.
 
Our stewards will be strictly enforcing this policy, and bottle tops will also be removed from drinks sold inside the stadium.
 
The full list of prohibited items can be found here.
 
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 for the chance to win a signed shirt.
 
Other Information
 
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 and over several weekends up until May 2019. Don’t miss the match, plan ahead – sign up for alerts at Brightonmainline.co.uk.

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