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Amex History: Leicester City

By Kieran Cleeves • 27 March 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion play host to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, for what will be the first-ever Premier League meeting between the sides on the south coast - but the Foxes are no strangers to the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls came up against Saturday’s opponents in three successive seasons after reaching the second tier of English football and moving into their new home back in 2011.

Albion’s record against the Foxes at the Amex has been impressive, taking seven points from a possible nine, while recording a league double during the 2013/14 season, which saw the Foxes win promotion to the Premier League.

The first contest was a fiery affair back in 2012 which involved three red cards and a last-gasp winner from Will Buckley in front of the North Stand.

Jermaine Beckford saw red for the visitors in the 53rd minute, before Matt Sparrow walked down the tunnel for the Seagulls with just five minutes remaining on the clock.

But Buckley was the match-winner in stoppage time, as he fired home from Vicente’s cross, and there was still time for Neil Danns to pick up Leicester’s second sending off before the full-time whistle was blown.

Albion fired another late goal the next time to club’s met on the south coast, but this time it was an equalising strike in front of the North Stand, as Kazenga LuaLua powered home a shot from inside the box.

Matty James had given the Foxes a 1-0 lead in the 73th minute, but LuaLua’s 88th-minute drive secured a point for the Seagulls, on a day which saw a certain Harry Kane appear off the bench for Nigel Pearson’s team.

The third meeting came in December 2013 and Albion had a new manager at the helm, as Oscar Garcia came in to replace Gus Poyet, following the Uruguayan’s departure at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

Ashley Barnes fired past Kasper Schmeicel at the back post to put the Seagulls in front, before loanee Craig Conway drilled home another to give Garcia’s men a 2-0 lead at the break.

Anthony Knockaert, who was wearing the blue of Leicester at the time, came off the bench at half-time and set up Andy King’s back-post header which halved the deficit - but Albion had the final say.

Wes Morgan bundled over Barnes inside the penalty area and the striker picked himself up to fire past Schmeicel from 12 yards, which rounded off an impressive display from Albion, which they bettered at the King Power Stadium a few months later.

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