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The Premier League returns this weekend!

Albion are back in top-flight action this weekend, travelling to face Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, with a sell-out away following of 3000 set to make the trip to Villa Park.

By Alex Stedman • 16 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion return to league action this weekend!

The contest comes after the Seagulls ran out impressive 3-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex in their last league outing, thanks to an early Neal Maupay goal and a brace from Aaron Connolly.

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Since then Connolly has been one of a number of faces who has been away plying his trade for their country.

The young forward made his senior international debut last week, as he was included in Mick McCarthy’s setup alongside fellow Albion teammate Shane Duffy for both of the Republic of Ireland’s matches against Georgia and Switzerland in qualifying for the 2020 UEFA European Championships.

Further afield, both Maty Ryan and Aaron Mooy helped Australia to wins over Nepal and Chinese Taipei by score lines of 5-0 and 7-1 respectively, in two FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Ryan captained the Socceroos in the win over the latter and spoke of his pride at becoming the 62nd captain of the national side.

He said, “It’s a privilege, the team has a lot of leaders who always do our best, and It’s nice that the coaching staff here have the trust in me to go out there and wear the armband.

“I’ve been on a great journey with this country since I made my debut, I’ve learnt so much from senior players I’ve shared the dressing room with and it’s a trend I’m just trying to continue.”

Tudor Baluta was also in action for the Romanian under-21 side, helping them to wins over Ukraine and Northern Ireland, scoring in the victory over the latter.

Graham Potter will meet the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the game with Dean Smith’s side, and is likely to provide a fitness update on the likes of Leandro Trossard, Solly March, Bernardo, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Ezequiel Schelotto and Leon Balogun.

Fans can follow live updates of the head coach’s Aston Villa press conference tomorrow afternoon on the club’s official Twitter feed. 

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