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PREVIEW: MAN CITY VISIT FOR BRUNO'S FAREWELL

10 May 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Bruno leads the team out at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion conclude their second season in the Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3pm, and Chris Hughton’s side stand in the way of the reigning champions retaining their title at the Amex Stadium.

Albion’s top-flight status was secured prior to last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates, but the race for the Premier League trophy goes down to the final day, with City and Liverpool hoping to finish on top.

Pep Guardiola’s side sit one point ahead of Liverpool leading into their visit to the south coast, and Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists end their campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Liverpool will be hoping the Seagulls can do them a favour on Sunday afternoon — Klopp’s team need City to drop points at the Amex to have any chance of winning their first league title in 29 years.

Albion can still climb one place and end the season in 16th position, but Hughton’s team will need to beat the Citizens and hope Southampton lose at home to Huddersfield Town.

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GRACIAS BRUNO

Sunday's match will be Bruno's final game for the club, after the Albion skipper announced his decision to retire after this weekend's match on the south coast.

The full-back has started five of Albion's previous seven matches in the Premier League, and he will be hoping to retain his place for one last performance, which will bring an end to his seven-season playing spell at the club.

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TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Davy Propper (hamstring) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) will both Sunday’s match against City due to injury.

Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (achilles) are all expected to be unavailable for the visitors, while Fernandinho (knee) is a doubt but could return.

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FORM

Albion have reacted well to a poor run of results towards the beginning of April, with Hughton’s side taking points from games against Wolves, Newcastle United and Arsenal in recent weeks.

The Seagulls battled towards a goalless draw at Molineux and almost held out for a draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a few days later, but Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute strike broke Albion’s resolve.

Pascal Gross headed home to equalise against Newcastle at the Amex, before Glenn Murray’s penalty sealed a well-deserved point against the Gunners on a weekend where Albion’s Premier League status was clinched.

City have won 13 consecutive matches in the Premier League to remain ahead of Liverpool going into the final day of the season.

Three of their previous four victories have been 1-0 scorelines, all of which followed their Champions League exit to Tottenham Hotspur, despite winning 4-3 against the north London club in the second leg.

In their most recent game, Vincent Kompany powered home a stunning 25-yard effort into the top corner to clinch a 1-0 victory over Leicster City on home soil, when it looked like the hosts may struggle to break down the Foxes' defence.

LAST TIME WE MET

After City sealed a 2-0 home victory over the Seagulls at the Etihad Stadium back in September, the sides met again after reaching the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net after just four minutes to give Guardiola’s team the lead, and despite many thinking their advantage would be extended, Albion produced an eye-catching reaction to their early setback.

It looked as if Glenn Murray would poke home from a couple of yards to level the scores in the second half, but Aymeric Laporte scooped the ball over the crossbar just before the Albion striker could make contact.

Albion pressed for an equaliser and restricted City to few chances, but time ran out on Hughton’s side and the Manchester outfit progressed to the final despite a spirited display from the Seagulls.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ARSENAL 1
Aubameyang 9 pen

ALBION 1
Murray 61 pen

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Bissouma, Gross (Kayal 90+2); Jahanbakhsh (Knockaert 46), Murray (Andone 78), March.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, Locadia.

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LAST TIME OUT:
MAN CITY

MAN CITY 1
Kompany 70

LEICESTER CITY 0

Man City line-up: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; Foden (Sane 56), Gundogan, D.Silva (Stone 90+1); B.Silva, Aguero (Jesus 87), Sterling.

Subs not used: Muric (GK), Danilo, Otamendi, Mahrez.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Raheem Sterling

The winger has found the back of the net 23 times this season, while also providing 17 assists for his team-mates across all competitions, as City won the Carabao Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Only Aguero, City’s all-time record goalscorer, has struck more times for the Citizens this season, but Sterling has England team-mate and Spurs striker Harry Kane for company on 17 Premier League goals.

The 24-year-old scored and claimed an assist when City welcomed the Seagulls to the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, before playing the full 90 minutes in last month’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Sterling has also been in fine goalscoring form for England since returning from last summer’s World Cup in Russia — he scored twice as Gareth Southgate’s team beat Spain 3-2 away from home.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION BEATEN BY TITLE-CLINCHING MAN CITY

12 May 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Bruno in action on his final Albion appearance.
  • Albion are beaten 4-1 by Manchester City
  • Glenn Murray broke the deadlock
  • Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan reply for City
  • Bruno makes his final appearance for the club

Brighton & Hove Albion ended the Premier League season in defeat, after losing 4-1 to Premier League champions Manchester City at the Amex.

Glenn Murray gave Albion a shock lead in the 27th minute, before City got the win needed to guarantee the title courtesy of a goal each from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.

The match also saw Bruno lead the team out for the last time after announcing his retirement on Friday, making his 235th and final appearance for the club.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Arsenal a week ago, as Beram Kayal and Yves Bissouma replaced Dale Stephens and Solly March.

City looked to get off to a quick start with some early pressure around the Albion box, as Bernardo Silva excellently weaved his way into the penalty area before Bissouma intercepted the Portuguese at the last moment.

But the Seagulls had an early chance of their own through Murray, whose flicked header from Anthony Knockaert’s cross went just wide.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh then tried his luck after cutting in off the left-hand side and saw his right-footed strike go just past the left post.

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City were denied twice in quick succession after Maty Ryan parried away Raheem Sterling’s angled attempt before Shane Duffy threw himself in front of Gundogan’s strike.

The Socceroos shot-stopper was called into action again moments later after brilliantly tipping away Mahrez’s cross-shot from the left.

First blood went to Albion though, as Gross's corner was met at the near post by Murray who headed past Ederson with 27 minutes on the clock.

But City responded within 90 seconds through Aguero, who fired home a clinical left-footed strike after some brilliant link-up play involving Laporte and David Silva.

Guardiola's side looked to ramp up the pressure, and Ryan made another fine save at the back post to keep out Bernardo Silva’s header.

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Hughton’s men looked to break quickly on the counter-attack though, and Gross found Duffy with a superb in-swinging cross, but the Irishman’s header hit the roof of the net.

Despite all of City’s neat and intricate play around the box, Guardiola’s side took the lead courtesy of a set-piece, as Laporte ghosted into the area to meet a corner and his downward header beat Ryan.

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Lewis Dunk nearly added another dramatic twist in this absorbing contest with the last kick of the first half, but his free kick from a central position was pushed over the bar by Ederson.

Albion had to stand firm at the start of the second half with City having most of the possession, but another chance from a set-piece came courtesy of Dunk, who headed over from Knockaert’s out-swinging free kick.

But the visitors tightened their grip on the Premier League trophy in the 64th minute when Mahrez took aim from distance and sent an unstoppable left-footed shot beyond Ryan.

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The result was put beyond any doubt eight minutes later when Gundogan whipped an unstoppable free kick past Ryan to add a fourth goal for the visitors.

Bruno was given his well-deserved farewell moment in the 83rd minute, as all four sections of the ground applauded the Spaniard, who walked off the Amex pitch for the final time before being replaced by Martin Montoya.

Referee Michael Oliver blew the final whistle much to the delight of the 3,000 Man City fans, sparking wild scenes of celebrations, as the visitors claimed back-to-back titles.

The season may have ended in defeat for Albion, but with a third consecutive season of top-flight football secured, Hughton’s side could reflect on another job well done.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno (Montoya 83), Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma; Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 67), Gross, Murray (Andone 67).

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Molumby.

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V MANCHESTER CITY

10 May 2019

Patrick Sullivan
The pre-match brief for Albion v Manchester City

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Manchester City to the Amex in the Premier League on Sunday, 12th May, kick-off 3pm. The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The official match sponsor for this fixture is American Express, the ball sponsor is Tysers and the kit sponsor is SnickersUK.com.

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This match will be Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno’s final match of an illustrious career.

Albion’s Spanish skipper has made the decision to retire, ending his seven-year playing career at the club — although it is hoped El Capitan will retain his association with Albion in a non-playing capacity.

Chris Hughton, Bruno and the rest of the team will return to the pitch following the final whistle for a lap of appreciation. Albion fans are encouraged to stay behind after the match as players and staff show their thanks for the fantastic support everyone at the club has received this season.

Should Manchester City win the Premier League title, the trophy will be presented to Pep Guardiola’s side after Albion’s lap of appreciation.

All supporters are advised to stay off the pitch at the end of the match regardless of the result. Entering the field of play at any time is a criminal offence and fans may face both prosecution and further club sanctions should they enter the field of play.

Travel Information

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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 an enhanced service for this match, and supporters are advised to check with Southern’s website prior to travelling.

Park & Rides: Both Brighton Racecourse and Mill Road will be open from 12pm.

Car Parks: Parking at the Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out.

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 service within the club’s travel scheme, therefore free travel is available to supporters on production of a match ticket, but please check the club’s website for areas within the bus travel scheme.

Parking: There is 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 the club’s official drop-off and pick-up point located at University of Sussex, 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 11am and will close at 6.30pm 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.

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. The East, South and West concourses will close at 6.30pm post-match. The North concourse will close at 7.30pm.

All the 1901 Club Lounges and restaurants will open at 12.30pm.

All restaurants will close at 7pm. All lounges will close at 6.30pm, except for Mayo Wynne Baxter and iTalk, which will both 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. 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.

Fanzone

Outside the stadium, club partners iTalk will be available to talk about their broadband services to supporters and will be handing out flyers at station approach.

Domino's will also be doing a spin wheel activity outside the stadium.

On the bandstand, ‘HotDamn’ will be entertaining supporters in the build-up to the match.

Ticket Office

This match has sold out; however, tickets are still available for this match through the season ticket exchange to members.

With extremely high demand for tickets, from both Albion and City fans, Albion season ticket holders unable to attend the game are reminded not to sell on their seats through unauthorised ticket re-sale sites or direct to other fans. Fans risk sanctions should they be found selling or passing on their tickets in these ways, which includes a ban from attending future matches at the Amex and loyalty points deductions.

Instead, Albion fans are encouraged to use the club’s official ticket exchange facility to ensure tickets are made available to Albion supporters via the club’s own database.

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

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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

We remind 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

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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 over several weekends up to May 2019. Don’t miss the match, plan ahead – sign up for alerts at Brightonmainline.co.uk.

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