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PREVIEW: BERNARDO DOUBTFUL FOR CHERRIES CUP CLASH

3 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Bernardo came off with a hamstring strain against West Ham United.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their second visit of the season to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they come up against AFC Bournemouth in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup, kick-off 12.30pm.

The Seagulls head into the game on the back of three unbeaten matches in the Premier League, most recently drawing 2-2 against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.

Chris Hughton’s side came up against the Cherries just before Christmas, but it proved a disappointing afternoon after David Brooks found the back of the net twice to inflict a 2-0 defeat on the Seagulls.

The Dorset club shared an entertaining 3-3 draw with Watford last time out, with all six goals coming an a frantic first-half period on the south coast.


TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Bernardo is an doubt for Saturday’s match, after the Brazilian felt his hamstring tighten against West Ham — however the Albion boss hopes it was just down to fatigue.

Maty Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both away at the Asian Cup, while Jose Izquierdo remains doubtful as he continues to recover from knee injury.

The Albion boss also confirmed that under-23 forward Viktor Gyokeres will be in the squad.

Bournemouth will be without captain Simon Francis after the defender suffered a knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day, ruling the 33-year-old out of action for six to nine months.

Lewis Cook and Adam Smith also remain sidelined for the Cherries with long-term knee injuries.




FORM:

The Seagulls have strung together three unbeaten games to leave themselves 13th in the Premier League table — following their defeat to Bournemouth just before Christmas.

Jurgen Locadia fired an equalising goal for the Seagulls in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Boxing Day, before hitting the winning goal against Everton a few days later, as Albion claimed a 1-0 victory.

Albion raced into a 2-0 lead against West Ham thanks to goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy, but Marko Arnautovic bagged a brace, meaning the Seagulls had to settle for a point on Wednesday.

The Cherries have claimed just one point since their victory over Albion, losing 5-0 to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium before another heavy 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Eddie Howe’s side came from behind twice to get on level terms against Watford on Wednesday evening, but were unable to find a winning goal in the second half as the match ended 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

WEST HAM UNITED 2
Arnautovic 66, 68

ALBION 2
Stephens 56
Duffy 58

Albion line-up: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo (Bong 73); Stephens, Propper, Gross; March, Murray (Andone 82), Locadia.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert.




LAST TIME OUT: BOURNEMOUTH

BOURNEMOUTH 3
Ake 34
Wilson 37
Fraser 40

WATFORD 3
Deeney 14, 27
Sema 38

Bournemouth line-up: Begovic; Stanislas, S Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser (Ibe 81); King, Wilson (Mousset 81).

Subs not used: Boruc (GK), Mings, Rico, Surman, Defoe.




PLAYER TO WATCH: David Brooks

The winger has featured in 19 of Bournemouth’s 21 Premier League matches so far this season, finding the back of the net on five occasions.

Brooks has made a successful transition to top-flight football after signing from Sheffield United in July 2018, becoming an integral part of Howe’s side on the south coast.

The Seagulls found out just how dangerous Brooks can be in the Premier League meeting last month, as the winger found the bottom corner from long range before heading a second goal at the Vitality Stadium.

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REPORT: AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 ALBION 3

5 January 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone celebrates with Albion's supporters after scoring against the Cherries.
  • Jason Steele makes his Albion debut
  • Yves Bissouma scores his first goal for the club
  • Anthony Knockaert and Florin Andone also on target
  • The Seagulls will learn their fourth-round opponents in Monday’s draw

Brighton & Hove Albion advanced to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with an impressive 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth in an all-Premier-League tie at the Vitality Stadium.

Goals from Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone secured a convincing win in Dorset, with Marc Pugh scoring what proved to be a mere consolation for the hosts.

Chris Hughton made eight changes to the side that drew 2-2 with West Ham United on Wednesday, with only Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens and Jurgen Locadia retaining their places from the game in east London - Jason Steele came in to make his Albion debut.
 
After a cagey opening ten minutes, Bournemouth worked the first opening when Jack Simpson glanced a header wide from a short corner.
 
Despite Albion having the majority of possession in the opening stages, the Cherries worked another opportunity when Jordon Ibe intercepted Bissouma’s pass and weaved his way into the box, only to see his effort deflect wide off Leon Balogun.

Ibe raced through on goal again and saw his close-range strike blocked by Duffy, before Lys Mousset fired his follow-up shot over the bar.
 
But it was Albion that broke the deadlock in the 31st minute courtesy of Knockaert, who drilled a left-footed shot past Artur Boruc after being brilliantly teed up by Locadia inside the box.

 
That lead was doubled just three minutes later thanks to Bissouma, as the Malian’s superb right-footed drive from distance clipped in off the post to mark his first Albion goal.
 
It was nearly three when Locadia got the faintest of touches to Gaetan Bong’s in-swinging cross, but saw his header clip off the post before going wide.
 
But the Cherries halved the deficit in the 56th minute, as Marc Pugh took aim from the edge of the area and sent his driven strike past Steele.
 
The hosts were buoyed by the goal and Duffy had to be alert to block Ryan Fraser’s effort before Ibe flashed his shot across the face of goal.
 
Beram Kayal sought to re-establish Albion’s two-goal lead, only to see his long-distance strike go past the right post.
 
The Seagulls did get a third in the 64th minute thanks to Andone, who headed home from inside the six-yard box after Duffy headed Knockaert’s corner back across the penalty area.

 
There was a nervy moment for Albion's backline when David Brooks lined up a volley on the edge of the area, but Steele did well to push the midfielder's effort away from goal.
 
Pugh came close to getting his and Bournemouth’s second moments later with another strike from distance, but his curling effort went wide of the target.
 
Steele made a fine save to keep the scores at 3-1 late on, after superbly keeping out Steve Cook's header.
 
Albion held onto their two-goal cushion and sealed a place in round four, and the attention now turns to Monday's cup draw, when the Seagulls will find out their next opponent in the competition.

ALBION: Steele; Bruno (Montoya 87), Balogun, Duffy, Bong; Kayal, Bissouma, Stephens; Knockaert (Gyokeres 90), Locadia (March 73), Andone.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Burn, Propper, Murray.

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IMPORTANT INFO AHEAD OF BOURNEMOUTH CUP TIE

3 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
The Vitality Stadium
Brighton & Hove Albion fans attending the Premier League fixture against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium this Saturday are advised of some important information ahead of the game.
 
Albion fans will be sitting in the Ted MacDougall Colmar South Stand, and are advised that no alcohol is served here. 
 
For more information on the facilities both inside and outside the stadium, click here to read the club’s visiting supporters in full.

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