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PREVIEW: RYAN RETURNS FOR FULHAM

28 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Maty Ryan could return in goal for the Seagulls at Craven Cottage.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their first visit to Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm, as Chris Hughton’s side look to move 15 points clear of Fulham.

Albion’s focus returns to the Premier League after Saturday’s goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion in the Emirates FA Cup, and the Seagulls will be looking to return to winning ways after successive defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Cottagers are without a victory since the end of December, having lost four consecutive defeats, three of which came in the league, alongside a 2-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup.

The Seagulls have taken maximum points from their last three visits to Craven Cottage, and remain unbeaten against the London club in six matches, five of which came in the Sky Bet Championship.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Maty Ryan has returned from the Asian Cup and the goalkeeper is available to play against Fulham on Tuesday evening.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh remains at the Asian Cup ahead of today’s semi-final against Japan, therefore will be unavailable, while Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Bernardo (hamstring) remain sidelined through injury.

For Fulham, Alfie Mawson is expected to miss the game, as the central defender continues his recovery from a knee injury. Otherwise, Claudio Ranieri has a fully-fit squad to select from.



FORM

The Seagulls ensured their name would be in the hat for the FA Cup fifth-round draw on Monday evening, but Hughton’s men had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Baggies.

Beforehand, in the Premier League, Albion were narrowly beaten 1-0 and 2-1 by Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, following their 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round.

Albion opened 2019 with a 2-2 draw against West Ham United at the London Stadium, with their last victory coming against Everton in the previous match, which saw Jurgen Locadia fire the winning goal.

The Cottagers took the lead against Tottenham Hotspur last time out at Craven Cottage, but second-half strikes from Dele Alli and Harry Winks turned the game on its head and prevented Ranieri’s men from taking points.

Defeats to Arsenal and Burnley came either side of a disappointing FA Cup exit to League One side Oldham, but the London club ended 2018 with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town.

LAST TIME WE MET

Albion’s impressive unbeaten run against Fulham looked in danger after the Cottager’s opened up a 2-0 lead following Pascal Gross’s penalty miss for the Seagulls in the opening half.

Andre Schurrle opened the scoring before the break, before Aleksander Mitrovic doubled their advantage, but Glenn Murray fired home in the 67th minute to halve the deficit at the Amex.

With just six minutes remaining, Mitrovic was penalised for handling the ball inside the penalty area — Murray stepped up to level the game from 12 yards, and that’s how it finished on the south coast.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

WEST BROM 0

Albion line-up: Button; Bruno, Duffy, Burn, Montoya; Bissouma, Stephens (Propper 63), Kayal; Knockaert, Andone (Murray 83), Locadia (Gyokeres 72).

Subs not used: Sanchez (GK), Dunk, Gross, March.



LAST TIME OUT: FULHAM

FULHAM 1
Llorente 17 og

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
Alli 51
Winks 90+3

Fulham line-up: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream; Christie, Chambers, Seri (Cisse 81), Bryan; Schurrle (Kebano 72), Mitrovic, Babel (Sessegnon 55).

Subs not used: Bettinelli (GK), Cairney, Ayite, Vietto.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Aleksander Mitrovic

The Serbian has led the line for the Cottagers in every single Premier League match this season, finding the back of the net on eight occasions in his 23 appearances.

At just 24 years of age, Mitrovic deceives most with his physical presence in the final third, as he showed against the Seagulls earlier this season, when he put the visitors 2-0 ahead at the Amex Stadium.

The striker has worn the captain’s armband in recent matches for the London club, and his qualities in front of goal will be important if Ranieri’s side are to pull themselves out of the relegation zone.

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Match Reports

REPORT: FULHAM 4 ALBION 2

29 January 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya in action against Fulham.
  • Albion are beaten 4-2 by Fulham
  • Glenn Murray scores twice for Albion
  • Calum Chambers, Aleksandar Mitrovic (2) and Luciano Vietto on target for Fulham
  • Albion next in action at home to Watford on Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion let a 2-0 lead slip to lose 4-2 against Fulham, on a frustrating night at Craven Cottage.

Glenn Murray’s brace inside the opening 17 minutes gave Albion a perfect start, but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s double and a goal each from Calum Chambers and Luciano Vietto gave the hosts all three points.

Chris Hughton made one change to the last league match away at Manchester United, with Maty Ryan returning to the starting line-up after Asian Cup duty in place of David Button.
 
Albion broke the deadlock inside three minutes courtesy of Murray, who brilliantly turned in Martin Montoya’s cross with a superb first-time flick from close range.
 
The Seagulls and Murray struck again with 17 minutes played, as he deftly guided a Pascal Gross bicycle kick past Sergio Rico after Solly March’s cross caused havoc in the Fulham defence.

 
Ryan Babel had a chance to halve the deficit following some good link-up play with Mitrovic on the edge of the box, but the former’s strike was pushed away by Ryan.
 
Murray nearly had a hat-trick after meeting Gross’s enticing free kick into the box, but Rico kept out the frontman’s second attempt with his leg.
 
There was a nervy moment for the Albion defence when Babel found Andre Schurrle at the far post, but the German’s effort was brilliantly cleared over the crossbar by Shane Duffy.
 
Davy Propper almost added a third for Albion in emphatic fashion, but his effort from distance rebounded off the crossbar.
 
After making the best-possible start to the first half, the Seagulls were undone by a fine strike from Chambers three minutes after the re-start, as his left-footed volley from the edge of the area found the top corner.
 
Stephens then tried to get on the scoresheet with a left-footed volley of his own, but the midfielder's shot went a whisker past the left post.

 
After twice coming close to getting a second, Fulham wiped out Albion’s lead when Mitrovic rose highest in the box to beat Ryan and head the ball into an empty net just shy of the hour mark.
 
The Cottagers were on top and came within inches of turning the game completely on its head, as Jen Michael Seri’s strike rebounded off the post.
 
Fulham did get a third through Mitrovic in the 74th minute, after the Serbian leapt highest in the box from Joe Bryan’s cross despite appearing to foul Lewis Dunk as he jumped to meet the ball.
 
It went from bad to worse for the Seagulls, as Fulham got a fourth through Vietto, who headed home at the far post after Babel headed the ball back across the area, following Tom Cairney’s initial effort that struck the bar.
 
Mitrovic could've had a hat-trick when he raced through on goal late on, but he fired over the bar and the game finished 4-2, and Albion's attention now turns to the visit of Watford on Saturday.
 
ALBION: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper; March, Gross (Andone 77), Locadia (Knockaert 71); Murray.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bruno, Burn, Kayal, Bissouma.

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