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Five Point Preview: Leicester City

By Alex Stedman • 30 March 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action this weekend when they host Leicester City at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Seagulls have had a three-week break from top flight action after exiting the Emirates FA Cup to Manchester United at Old Trafford and then having the international break.

We’ve picked out five things to bear in mind ahead of the contest with Claude Puel’s men. 

HOME HISTORY MAKES GOOD READING 

Albion’s home record against the Foxes reads kindly in the home side’s favour ahead of Saturday – the Seagulls are unbeaten against this weekend’s opponents in their last four matches on home soil.

At the Withdean Stadium in the 2008/09 season, Bradley Johnson's brace and a  Jack Hobbs own goal cancelled out Matty Fryatt’s double for the visitors, ensuring Albion recovered from 2-0 to win 3-2.

The first meeting between the sides at the Amex Stadium saw a last-minute Will Buckley goal give Albion a late win in the 2011/12 campaign, before the sides played out a 1-1 draw the following campaign, as Kazenga Lua Lua cancelled out Matthew James’s second half goal. 

In 2013 Ashley Barnes’s brace and a strike from Craig Conway were enough to give the Seagulls a 3-1 win over the Foxes – with Andy King netting for the away side. 

AMEX FORM STRONG 

The side are unbeaten in their last four home matches across all competitions scoring 12 goals and conceding just four in the process. 

A 3-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League at the start of February saw goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross seal a valuable three points, before the side saw off Coventry City in the Emirates FA Cup by the same scoreline two weeks later.

A convincing 4-1 victory over Swansea City followed seven days later – with Murray, Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia on the scoresheet, and Arsenal were then defeated 2-1 courtesy of Lewis Dunk and another from the in-form Murray at the start of March.

ROTATION?

Chris Hughton made five changes to the side that lost to Everton in the Premier League for the cup quarter-final away to Manchester United, with Tim Krul, Markus Suttner, Solly March, Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa all coming into the side. 

The boss is likely to re-shuffle the pack for the visit of the Foxes for the return of the Premier League.

ALBION INTERNATIONALS TO RETURN?

Albion had plenty of faces in action for their countries over the past week. 

Maty Ryan was in action for Australia, Jose Izquierdo took to the field for Colombia, Davy Propper turned out for Netherlands and both Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal represented Israel – all return to the fold for the Premier League this weekend. 

MURRAY TO CONTINUE PREMIER LEAGUE HOME COMFORTS?

Albion striker Glenn Murray has found the net in each of the side’s last three Premier League matches on home soil – scoring the opening goal against West Ham United and Swansea City respectively, before notching the second in the aforementioned 2-1 win over Arsenal on the south-coast.

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