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18 October 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion take on Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to record back-to-back victories when they visit Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, as Chris Hughton’s side make their third visit to St James’ Park in as many seasons, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls sealed three points in their final game before the recent international break, as they claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Ham United at the Amex Stadium, thanks to Glenn Murray’s 99th goal for the club.

The striker could reach the 100-goal milestone at St James’ Park this weekend, which would confirm his place in the club’s history books as the post-war record goalscorer.

But the Magpies will be keen to shut out the Seagulls and record their first victory of the season, having lost their opening four matches at St James’ Park.


Hughton confimed that Davy Propper will miss the game after picking up an ankle injury against West Ham United, and the midfielder will be out for a period of weeks.

Late decisions will be made on availability of Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens, who are both returning from injury, while Gaetan Bong could also be a doubt after not playing while on international duty.

Newcastle have a few injury concerns - Ciaran Clark withdrew from Republic of Ireland’s squad with a thigh injury, while Salomon Rondon and Paul Dummett have missed recent games with muscular injuries.

Florian Lejeune remains Newcastle’s only long-term absentee, as the defender continues to recover from a knee injury sustained in July.


The Seagulls recorded their second victory of the season to climb into 13th position before the international break, in what was a cagey encounter on the south coast.

Albion opened the scoring through Murray, who converted from Beram Kayal’s neat cross, and Hughton’s side managed to hold on for victory despite a pressurised second-half performance from the Hammers.

September ended with defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, but Albion showed character to come back from 2-0 down and draw 2-2 against both Fulham and Southampton towards the beginning of the month.

The Magpies found themselves 2-0 up against Manchester United at Old Trafford last time out, but an inspired second-half performance from the Red Devils saw them overturn the deficit and win 3-2.

Home defeats to Arsenal and Leicester City came either side of a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, while September began with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.


Albion’s final fixture of 2017 saw them come up against Newcastle United and the sides played out a cagey goalless draw at St James’ Park.

Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy caused a number of problems from set-pieces, but neither defender was able to break the deadlock, as the Irishman headed narrowly over and his team-mate was denied by Karl Darlow.

Maty Ryan was called into action on a few occasions, and the Australian shot-stopper ensured his team would leave the north east with a point, as he produced fine saves from Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden.


Murray 25


Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper (Bissouma 80), Kayal; Knockaert, March (Locadia 86), Jahanbakhsh (Izquierdo 70); Murray.

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


Mata 70
Martial 76
Sanchez 90

Kenedy 7
Muto 10

Newcastle line-up: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 68); Perez (Joselu 88); Muto (Atsu 78).

Subs not used: Darlow (GK), Clark, Schar, Hayden.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Yoshinori Muto

The Japanese striker, who joined Newcastle from Bundesliga side Mainz 05 this summer, scored his opening goal for the club on his first Premier League start, as he fired home against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Muto had previously made six appearances in the Premier League, but Rafael Benitez had only introduced the forward off the bench inside the final 25 minutes of each of those matches.

With the confidence of scoring his first goal for the club, and potentially a second league start in succession, Muto could be one to watch at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

The 26-year-old scored 23 goals for Mainz 05 before moving to England, with a further 26 goals coming for FC Tokyo during his time in Japan.

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Match Reports


20 October 2018

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Paul Hazlewood
Beram Kayal and the side celebrate the midfielder's goal at St James' Park against Newcastle United.
  • Albion secure their first away win of the season
  • Beram Kayal scores the decisive goal
  • Glenn Murray stretchered off after 15 minutes
  • The Seagulls are back in action at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers next Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion claimed their first away win of the season after a grinding out a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Beram Kayal’s close-range strike was enough to give the Seagulls three crucial points and secure a first league victory on the road in almost a year, but it wasn’t all good news, with Glenn Murray stretchered off early in the game following a clash of heads with Federico Fernandez. 

Thankfully it was later confirmed that the striker's injury wasn't serious, after he was taken for a precautionary scan at Newcastle Hospital.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that beat West Ham United before the international break, as Dale Stephens replaced the injured Davy Propper, while Jose Izquierdo came in for Anthony Knockaert. 

Newcastle had a golden opportunity to take the lead inside the opening five minutes after Ayoze Perez took advantage of a defensive lapse in concentration and Maty Ryan made a fine one-handed save.

Murray then went down with 15 minutes played following a clash with Fernandez, before being stretchered off and replaced by Jurgen Locadia.

The Seagulls frontman received a warm round of applause from all sections of St James’ Park.

Locadia made his first contribution of the game when he flicked the ball on and drove into space, only to see his resulting effort go wide of Martin Dubravka’s near post. 

But the deadlock was broken in Albion’s favour just shy of the half-hour mark when Jose Izquierdo latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and saw his shot turned home by Kayal.

The Colombian wheeled away in celebration, but the final decisive touch appeared to come from Kayal. 

The hosts responded with two golden chances of their own, as Matt Ritchie headed wide from close range, before Yoshinori Muto did the same after Jonjo Shelvey’s initial effort was saved by Ryan. 

The Seagulls went in at the break a goal to the good, but more importantly, news filtered through that Murray was awake in hospital after being taken in for a precautionary scan.

Newcastle began the second half in the ascendancy and Shelvey tested Ryan from distance within two minutes of the re-start, which the Australian palmed away with a fine save.

Lewis Dunk was called into action moments later to make a fine block inside the area from Perez’s strike. 

Solly March had Albion’s first chance following the re-start as he took aim with his left foot, only to see his curling shot go over the bar.

Newcastle still had the majority of possession though, with Ritchie a constant threat, as he sent a close-range attempt over the bar. 

Kenedy was next to come close with two attempts, the second of which was a back-heeled attempt that sailed over the target. 

Alireza Jahanbakhsh had a chance to punish the hosts for their missed opportunities when he took advantage of a Newcastle defensive error, but his resulting strike drifted harmlessly wide.

Shelvey then went close in the final quarter of an hour, but his deflected free kick was brilliantly kept out by Mat Ryan.

Yves Bissouma slid a chance just wide on the break in the dying moments of the contest, but the Seagulls held on for three crucial points. 

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno (Bernardo 68), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Izquierdo (Bissouma 80), Stephens, Kayal, March; Jahanbakhsh; Murray (Locadia 15).

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Balogun, Knockaert, Andone.

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Ticket News


3 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
St James' Park.
Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League fixture away at Newcastle United go on sale this Tuesday.
Albion head to St James’ Park on Saturday 20th October, kick-off 3pm, and beneath are the on-sale dates, prices and information on the number of loyalty points required for the match.
On-sale dates Points required
Tuesday 4th September STHs with 275+ Season Ticket Holder Points
Wednesday 5th September STHs with 234+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Thursday 6th September STHs with 204+ Season Ticket Holder Points*
Friday 7th September All Season Ticket Holders*
Tuesday 11th September Bronze/Young Seagulls Plus members*
Wednesday 12th September General Sale*

*Subject to availability


Category Price
 Adults (18-64) £30
 Seniors (65+) £22
 Students (with valid NUS card) £22
 Juniors (Under-18s)  £16
Supporters can secure their tickets on the selected dates from 9am on and 2pm via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901*.
There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases.
Seagull Travel will be a running coach to both fixtures with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings for all upcoming games can be found here, along with prices.
*Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge

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