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ALBION INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

11 November 2016

A summary of where and when Albion’s players are in action.


A number of Brighton & Hove Albion players are away on international duty while the club takes a short break from league action, as they prepare themselves for a list of 2018 World Cup qualifiers this weekend.

Two of Albion’s players are in action twice before next Friday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Aston Villa at the Amex, with another three players featuring just once.

Here is a round-up of the Albion players hoping to play for their country, and what challenges they face across Europe.



JIRI SKALAK

The Czech Republic international has linked up with Pavel Vrba’s squad ahead of this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Norway at the Eden Arena in Prague, kick-off 7.45pm.

The 24-year-old has started two of their three World Cup qualifiers so far, appearing off the bench in the other, but has yet to taste victory after losing 3-0 to Germany and drawing 0-0 twice.

Skalak will then come up against Denmark on Tuesday 15th November, kick-off 7.45pm, as the two nations compete in a friendly fixture, before the winger returns to England.



OLIVER NORWOOD

Albion’s central midfielder is also in action this evening, when Northern Ireland welcome an unbeaten Azerbaijan side to Windsor Park, as the nations compete in a Group C World Cup qualifier, kick-off 7.45pm.

Norwood has started all three qualifying games so far, including a 4-0 victory over San Marino, a 0-0 draw with Skalak’s Czech Republic and a 2-0 loss to Germany in Hanover.

Northern Ireland then take on Croatia on Tuesday 15th November, kick-off 7.45pm, in an international friendly, also at Windsor Park, with Norwood likely to gain another cap for his country.


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SHANE DUFFY

Unlike Skalak and Norwood, the Republic of Ireland international has only one game during the international break, as he comes up against Austria in a Group D World Cup Qualifier tomorrow evening, kick-off 5pm.

Republic of Ireland are currently unbeaten in their group, winning twice and drawing once, with Duffy featuring in both victories - a 3-1 win against Moldova and a 1-0 triumph over Georgia.



TOMER HEMED

The Israel international has scored three goals in his last two World Cup qualifiers, and will be looking to add to his tally tomorrow evening, when his country travel to Albania in Group G, kick-off 7.45pm.

Hemed scored both goals in a 2-1 victory against Liechtenstein, and was also on the scoresheet in their 2-1 triumph in Macedonia.

The Albion striker will be without team-mate Beram Kayal, who continues to recover from an ankle injury, but will be hoping his country can build on the positive start made to their qualifying campaign.



NIKI MAENPAA

The Albion goalkeeper has been an unused substitute in all three of Finland’s Group I Qualifiers so far, but could feature when they travel to Ukraine tomorrow evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

Finland have lost consecutive qualifiers to Croatia and Iceland, but earned a point in their opening fixture against Kosovo in Turku, as they shared a 1-1 draw with Group I’s bottom-ranked team.

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