The week ahead: PL2 and Youth Cup action returns

There is another busy week of Albion action in store, as Albion's under-23s return to action, while the under-18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign with a trip to Pride Park.

By Bruce Talbot • 06 January 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Lorent Tolaj celebrates scoring against Leicester City in the last round.

It all begins with a long journey north to the Leyland County Ground for Simon Rusk's side this evening.

Monday 6th January: Blackburn Rovers v Albion under-23s, kick-off 7pm

The under-23s play their first match of 2020 tonight against Blackburn Rovers in a Premier League 2 Division 1 clash.

Rusk’s side are in action for the first time in nearly three weeks and head into the game at the Lancashire FA headquarters lying fifth in the table, with Rovers in tenth. 


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U23 Highlights: Albion 3 Blackburn 5

When the sides met earlier in the season at the Amex there were eight goals, with Rovers winning 5-3 despite goals from Max Sanders, Taylor Richards and Bojan Radulovic for the Seagulls.

Wednesday 8th January: Derby County v Albion under-18s, kick-off 7pm

On Wednesday, the under-18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign with a third-round tie against Derby County at Pride Park.

Mark Beard’s side reached this stage with a 3-2 win over Leicester City, while the Rams progressed thanks to a 1-0 victory over Everton.

Saturday 11th January: Everton v Albion, kick-off 3pm

Albion resume their Premier League campaign next Saturday with a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.


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Extended Highlights: Albion 3 Everton 2

Back in November, Graham Potter’s side came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at the Amex thanks to Lucas Digne's stoppage-time own goal.

Since then the experienced Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed Everton manager and they enjoyed two important League wins over Christmas against Burnley and Newcastle United before they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Everton are 11th in the table but only a point better off than Albion.

Tickets for this game are now on general sale. Click here for more information.

Sunday 12th January: Albion v Arsenal, kick-off 12.30pm 

On Sunday, Albion’s women's team return to The People’s Pension Stadium for the second successive home game when they entertain Arsenal in a televised Barclays FA Women’s Super League game.

A goal from Aileen Whelan earned the Seagulls a crucial 1-0 win over Liverpool last time out and Hope Powell’s team did beat the Gunners on penalties earlier in the season after a goalless draw in the Continental Cup. Arsenal go into the game on the back of a 2-0 league win over Birmingham City and they hold a three-point lead at the top of the table.

Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance now and are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for over-65s and under-18s. Click here for more information.

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