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The week ahead: Bournemouth, Burgess Hill and Aston Villa

Graham Potter’s men make a journey down the south coast on Tuesday night, while Hope Powell’s side begin their Women’s FA Cup campaign in the next seven days.

By James Hilsum • 20 January 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
The Vitality Stadium

It all starts with a crucial match at the Vitality Stadium against a struggling Bournemouth side.

Tuesday 21st January: AFC Bournemouth v Albion, kick-off 7.30pm

The Seagulls are back in Premier League action just three days after a frustrating 1-1 draw with Aston Villa when they take on a Cherries team that will be looking to arrest a run of four straight defeats.

The latest of those losses came in a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich City, a result which leaves Eddie Howe’s men 19th in the table and three points adrift of safety.

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Extended highlights: Albion 2 Bournemouth 0

The reverse fixture between the two sides finished 2-0 in Albion’s favour back in December, as Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy both scored their first goals for the club.

Wednesday 22nd January: Burgess Hill v Albion, kick-off 7.30pm

Albion will be hoping to make it fourth time lucky when they face Burgess Hill Town in a Sussex Senior Cup third round tie.

The first three dates were all postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Green Elephants Stadium, and with dry weather forecast, both teams will hope this game doesn’t suffer the same fate!

The winners of Wednesday’s tie will face Bognor Regis Town in the quarter-finals.

Sunday 26th January: Aston Villa v Albion, kick-off 3pm

Powell’s team start their FA Cup campaign against Aston Villa at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground on Sunday.

Albion face a high-flying Villa side that sits top of the Women’s Championship table, and are chasing promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The Seagulls will be looking to bounce back following a frustrating 2-1 defeat against West Ham United at Rush Green on Sunday.

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