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PREVIEW: ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED

3 October 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion take on West Ham United at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome West Ham United to the Amex Stadium on Friday evening, and Chris Hughton’s team will be looking to record their second home win in front of the Sky Sports cameras, kick-off 8pm.

The Seagulls head into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City - but with four of Albion’s opening seven games having been against teams that finished in last season’s top six, fixtures look more welcoming over the coming months.

Albion occupy 15th position in the Premier League table, two points and one place behind the Hammers, who have recorded two victories in their opening seven matches.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team are four matches unbeaten across all competitions, most recently securing an impressive 3-1 win over Manchester United, who Albion also beat on home soil.

The match provides a final chance to secure points before the second international break of the season, with Albion returning to action against Newcastle United on Saturday 20th October.


TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed Pascal Gross remains sidelined ahead of Friday’s game, however Dale Stephens is close to returning from injury and a decision will be made on the midfielder’s availability. Otherwise, there are no other injuries in Albion's squad.

The Hammers will be without a handful of players for their Amex visit — Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere all remain sidelined and on the road to recovery.




FORM:

The Seagulls produced a hard-working display at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, but were unable to cause an upset against the Premier League champions, as goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a 2-0 victory.

Albion had previously tasted their first home defeat of the season in the Premier League, with Anthony Knockaert’s stoppage-time effort halving the deficit against Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 loss.

But Hughton’s men were able to come back from 2-0 down on consecutive occasions against Fulham and Southampton, as the Seagulls showed great character to rescue two points to add to their memorable win against Manchester United.

The Hammers opened the campaign with four successive defeats in the Premier League, but the east London club have since reacted with four unbeaten games, which has included some eye-catching results.

Everton were on the receiving end of a 3-1 beating at Goodison Park when Pellegrini’s team visited last month, before Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at the London Stadium.

West Ham recorded an emphatic 8-0 victory over Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup and then polished off the week with a 3-1 win against Manchester United, which has mounted the pressure on Jose Mourinho.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion completed a Premier League double over the Hammers when they visited the Amex in February, and the game included a stunning strike from Jose Izquierdo which went on to win the club’s Goal of the Season award.

Glenn Murray opened the scoring on the south coast when he latched onto Gross’s through-ball and fired past Adrian to give the Seagulls an eighth-minute lead.

Javier Hernandez responded for the visitors on the half-hour mark, but 14 minutes after the break came the game’s turning point, and it was Izquierdo’s outstanding effort that sent the Amex crowd into raptures.

The Colombian curled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to put Albion 2-1 ahead, and Gross managed to get his name on the scoresheet in the 75th minute to round off the scoring and secure maximum points.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MANCHESTER CITY 2
Sterling 29
Aguero 65

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (Jahanbakhsh 78), Kayal, Propper, March (Izquierdo 83); Bissouma; Locadia (Murray 73).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bruno, Balogun, Bernardo.




LAST TIME OUT: WEST HAM UNITED

WEST HAM UNITED 3
Anderson 5
Lindelof 43 og
Arnautovic 74

MANCHESTER UNITED 1
Rashford 71

West Ham United line-up: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Rice; Yarmolenko (Snodgrass 72), Noble, Obiang, Anderson (Diangana 90+3); Arnautovic (Antonio 83).

Subs not used: Adrian (GK); Fredericks, Ogbonna, Perez.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Marko Arnautovic

The Austrian hit double figures (11) for the Hammers in the Premier League last season, and is already well on his way to reaching or surpassing that same figure this season.

The attacker, who has also captained the side, has fired four goals in his opening six matches, including the third goal in his team’s most recent win against the Red Devils.

Arnautovic looks to be playing a more advanced role under Pellegrini, and Albion’s defence will need to be on top of their game to keep the 29-year-old at bay.

His other strikes have come up against AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal and Everton, whilst also providing an assist for his team in their away victory against the Toffees.

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REPORT: ALBION 1 WEST HAM UNITED 0

5 October 2018

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Glenn Murray celebrates after scoring against West Ham United.
  • Albion beat West Ham United 1-0 at the Amex
  • Glenn Murray on target for the Seagulls
  • Albion secure their first clean sheet of the season
  • Marko Arnautovic spurns a late chance to level the game

Glenn Murray’s record-equalling 99th goal for the club was enough to secure Brighton & Hove Albion a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Ham United at the Amex.

Murray’s strike saw him move level with Kit Napier on 99 goals to become the joint leading post-war goalscorer, as the Seagulls claimed a second win of the season.
 
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 away at Manchester City last week, with Bruno and Murray returning to the starting line-up, while Alireza Jahanbakhsh made his first Premier League start.
 
Albion started the game with real urgency and Anthony Knockaert had the first opening for the match, only to see his shot from distance saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
 
In-form West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic had West Ham’s first chance with a volley on the edge of the area that was blocked by Murray.
 
In a frenetic start to the game, a Knockaert corner created havoc inside the box and following a game of head tennis, the Hammers defence eventually cleared their lines.
 
The Frenchman was involved in the thick of the action once again when he picked out Solly March on the left flank, but the latter’s effort rose high and over the bar.
 
But the deadlock was broken with 25 minutes on the clock courtesy of Murray, who ghosted into the box unmarked and clinically fired home Beram Kayal's cross past Fabianski to move to within one goal of the 100 mark.
 
The Hammers still carried a threat though, as Pedro Obiang fired a strike just over the target after Bruno blocked Arnautovic’s initial effort.
 
Murray could’ve added an assist to his strike shortly before half-time when he teed up Jahanbakhsh inside the area, but the Iranian’s effort went over the bar.
 
The second half began with West Ham on the front foot, and Shane Duffy had to be alert to block Arnautovic’s strike, before Maty Ryan was called into action to deny the Austrian.
 
Dunk then sent March free down the left wing, with the latter picking out Murray, but Fabianski was on hand to thwart the forward on this occasion.
 
The Hammers came within inches of levelling the scores when Felipe Anderson’s corner was met by Fabian Balbuena’s diving header, which went just wide of the far post.
 
Murray came close to getting his and Albion’s second of the night after rising highest from Knockaert’s corner, but the forward saw his resulting header go over the bar.
 
The Seagulls frontman had another opportunity moments later, after March brilliantly beat Lucas Perez on the right-hand side, but Murray headed the cross over Fabianski’s goal.
 
The fast-paced nature of the game continued, as Gaetan Bong and Duffy had to be alert to clear away crosses from Anderson and Arnautovic respectively.
 
Substitute Jurgen Locadia had the ball in the back of the net late on only to be flagged offside, before Arnautovic fired over down the other end, as the Seagulls claimed a narrow win.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper (Bissouma 80), Kayal; Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh (Izquierdo 70), March (Locadia 86); Murray.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Balogun, Bernardo, Andone.
 
1901 CLUB LOTTERY
 
1ST PRIZE  £1000         171830
£100 SUPERSTORE VOUCHER  172558
MAGNUM OF CHAMPAGNE      173485
BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE      174330
BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE      172470
 
ALBION HAT TRICK
 
1ST £450  4010
2ND £50   1542
3RD £25   1200
1ST GOAL TIME 25 MINS

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED

4 October 2018

The pre-match brief for Albion v West Ham United.
Brighton & Hove Albion welcome West Ham United to the Amex in the Premier League on Friday 5th October, kick-off 8pm.
 
Albion secured a Premier League double against the Hammers last season, scoring six times across their impressive victories. Jose Izquierdo scored two memorable goals, one of which claimed Albion’s goal of the season award.
 
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.
 
Travel
 
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full matchday service, but please check with Southern’s website prior to travelling.
 
Park & Rides: Both Brighton Racecourse & Mill Road will be open from 5pm.
 
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 Sussex University 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 to 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, seagull-travel.co.uk.
 
Drop-offs & Pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way, or at Woollard Way (entrance to the Bridge car park).
 
Car park 5 at the University of Sussex, that is located by the Sports Hall, is being utilised to enable fans to be dropped off and picked up before and after the match.
 
This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex. There is also a 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 10.30pm 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 and after the match.
 
Dick’s Bar is open from 5pm until kick-off and then after the match until 11pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.
 
All concourses will open at 6pm. Post-match, all concourses will close at 11pm.
 
The 1901 Club Lounges, HB’s Restaurant, Mullery’s and The Goldstone Restaurant will all open at 5.30pm. All the restaurants and lounges will close at 11pm.
 
The Fanzone will open at 5pm. On the bandstand, fans will be greeted by ‘Octane Spring’ who will be playing from 6.30pm. The outside bar and food outlets will be open from 6pm. The outside bar will close at 7.15pm.
 
In the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses, Sky Sports News will be available to watch pre-and-post match on the screens.
 
Ticket Office
 
Please note this game has now sold out. However, there are a limited number of tickets available through the official ticket exchange to supporters with a purchase history. Please visit seagullstickets.com for more information.  Please note tickets must be booked in advance.
 
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.
 
The store is currently offering 40% off selected leisurewear.
 
Supporters wishing to get shirts printed are advised this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times.
 
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.
 
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 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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