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PREVIEW: NORWICH V ALBION

20 April 2017

A look ahead to Friday night's match at Carrow Road.


Brighton & Hove Albion play Norwich City at Carrow Road on Friday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.


TEAM NEWS

Albion manager Chris Hughton confirmed Sam Baldock [glut] will be unavailable again, but has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Friday’s game at Carrow Road.

Shane Duffy [foot] and Connor Goldson [heart condition] are the only other absentees, with both defenders unlikely to feature in any of Albion’s final three games of the season.

For Norwich, Matt Jarvis (hip) is unlikely to feature after suffering a fresh injury blow playing for the club’s under-23 side, while Youssouf Mulumbu is also a doubt.


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Brighton secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history after beating Wigan Athletic 2-1 on Monday, with Huddersfield Town’s draw at Derby County sealing the deal in the late kick-off.

Glenn Murray and Solly March scored goals to put the Seagulls 2-0 ahead, and despite Nick Powell’s late consolation, Albion held on before thousands of supporters flooded onto the pitch to celebrate promotion.

The Seagulls had moved closer to promotion after stringing together four successive victories, starting with a 1-0 home success over Blackburn Rovers, with Murray finding 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.

Norwich have had an inconsistent month with two victories and three defeats, beginning with back-to-back away losses at Aston Villa and Huddersfield, as they were beaten 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.

Alan Irvine’s team then bounced back with a jaw-dropping 7-1 victory over play-off contenders Reading at Carrow Road, before losing 3-1 to ten-man Fulham at home.

The Canaries head into Friday’s game on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Preston North End at Deepdale, as goals from Graham Dorrans, Josh Murphy and James Maddison secured all three points.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



ALBION 2
Murray 37
March 64


WIGAN 1
Powell 84

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Huenemeier, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal (Norwood, 73), March (Murphy 73); Murray, Hemed (Akpom, 81).

Subs not used: Maenpaa, Rosenior, Skalak, Tomori.


LAST TIME OUT: NORWICH



PRESTON 1
Spurr 67

NORWICH 3
Dorrans 28
Murphy 40
Maddison 90+2


Norwich line-up: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Dijks; Dorrans, Howson; Naismith, Pritchard (Maddison 79), Jo. Murphy; Jerome (Oliveira 79).

Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Whittaker, Wildschut, Ja. Murphy, Godfrey.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Saturday’s game will be the 87th meeting between the two clubs. Norwich have enjoyed 32 victories over Albion, with the Seagulls winning on 30 occasions, while a further 24 games have ended in a draw.

Albion ended a seven-game streak without victory over the Canaries with an emphatic 5-0 win at the Amex earlier this season, as Murray’s hat-trick and goals from Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockaert secured the points.

Their previous win before that came in 2002 on Boxing Day, when Steve Sidwell, during his first spell at the club, struck in the first half to give the Seagulls maximum points at Carrow Road.

There have been five or more goals in three of the last five meetings between the sides, with Albion sharing the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw back in 2014, when Gary Hooper scored a late equaliser after goals from Bruno, Kazenga LuaLua and Adrian Colunga.


LAST TIME WE MET



ALBION 5
Murray 6, 60, 73
Dunk 64
Knockaert 84


NORWICH 0


Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (Murphy 90), Stephens, Sidwell, Skalak; Murray (Hemed 75), Baldock (Norwood 78).

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

Norwich line-up: McGovern; Martin, Bennett, Klose, Olsson; Tettey; Ja. Murphy (Oliveira 67), Dorrans, Hoolahan (Naismith 74), Pritchard (Brady 75); Jerome.

Subs not used: Ruddy (GK), Bassong, Jo. Murphy, Thompson.

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