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PREVIEW: ALBION V BRISTOL CITY

27 April 2017

A look ahead to Saturday's game.


Brighton & Hove Albion play Bristol City at the Amex on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.


TEAM NEWS

Albion manager Chris Hughton confirmed Sam Baldock [glutes] has returned to training, but a late fitness check will be made on the striker before Saturday’s game.

Shane Duffy [ankle] and Connor Goldson [heart condition] are the only other absentees, with both defenders ruled out for the remainder of the season.

For Bristol City, striker Aaron Wilbraham (knee) is doubtful after missing their last game through injury, while Mark Little and Gary O’Neil (both hamstring) are also struggling to be fit in time for Saturday.


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Despite Albion’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City last Friday, they need just three points are to guarantee the Sky Bet Championship title, after promotion was sealed against Wigan Athletic at the Amex.

The Seagulls reached the Premier League after overcoming the Latics 2-1 on Easter Monday, with goals from Glenn Murray and Solly March proving enough, despite Nick Powell’s late consolation.

Two bizarre own goals from David Stockdale handed the Canaries victory at Carrow Road last week, with two Alex Pritchard strikes coming off the post before hitting the Albion shot-stopper and going in.

Albion edged closer to promotion after stringing together four successive victories leading into the Wigan game, starting with a 1-0 home success over Blackburn Rovers, when Murray found the back of the net.

Another three points were secured against Birmingham City at the Amex, as goals from Murray, Tomer Hemed and Uwe Huenemeier wrapped things up in a 3-1 win.

Murray was on the scoresheet again as Albion overcame Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road, with Sebastien Pocognoli adding a second with a superb free kick.

Another clean sheet and three points came against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, as Anthony Knockaert’s double moved the Seagulls one step closer to reaching the Premier League.

Bristol City are unbeaten in their last four games heading into Saturday’s match at the Amex, but opened April with back-to-back defeats away from home.

The Robins recovered from 2-1 down to beat Barnsley 3-2 at Ashton Gate in their last fixture, following a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Lee Johnson’s team secured consecutive victories on home soil beforehand, as they edged out Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2, before winning 2-1 against Queens Park Rangers.

They opened April with a 2-0 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park, which was followed by an emphatic loss to Preston North End, as they were heavily beaten 5-0 at Deepdale.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION




NORWICH 2
Stockdale 18 og, 39 og

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Huenemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli; Knockaert (Hemed 63), Sidwell, Norwood (Stephens 63), March; Murphy; Murray (Akpom 83).

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Skalak, Rosenior, Tomori.


LAST TIME OUT: BRISTOL CITY



BRISTOL CITY 3
Abraham 53
Paterson 69
Flint 74


BARNSLEY 2
Mowatt 37
Moncur 64


Bristol City line-up: Fielding, Little, Flint, Wright, Bryan, Brownhill, Smith, Pack, Paterson (O'Dowda 89), Abraham, Taylor.

Subs not used: Giefer (GK), Tomlin, Reid, Djuric, Magnusson, Hegeler.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Saturday’s game will be the 77th meeting between the two clubs. Albion have enjoyed 31 victories over Bristol City, with the Robins winning on 28 occasions, while a further 17 games have ended in a draw.

Albion are without a defeat in their last seven games against Saturday’s opponents, conceding just one goal in that period and finding the back of the net 13 times along the way.

The Seagulls came out on top in both meetings last season, with Bobby Zamora’s late strike sealing all three points in a 2-1 victory at the Amex, before Hughton’s team romped to a 4-0 triumph at Ashton Gate.

In the reverse fixture this season, Steve Sidwell’s 50-yard lob, which won the Mitre Goal of the Year Award, opened the scoring early on, with Jamie Murphy adding to the scoreline in a comfortable 2-0 win for the Seagulls.


LAST TIME WE MET



BRISTOL CITY 0

ALBION 2
Sidwell 13
Murphy 20



Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Skalak (March 90+2), Stephens, Sidwell, Murphy; Murray (Hemed 78), Baldock (Norwood 74).

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Pocognoli, Goldson, Manu.

Bristol City line-up: O’Donnell; Little, Flint, Magnusson, Golbourne (Wilbraham 62); O'Neil, Smith (Reid 62), Paterson, Bryan (O'Dowda 81); Tomlin, Abraham.

Subs not used: Lucic (GK), Engvall, Moore, Pack.

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