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PREVIEW: ALBION V BARNET

21 August 2017

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The Carabao Cup.

Brighton & Hove Albion briefly turn their attentions away from the Premier League, as they welcome League Two side Barnet to the Amex, for a Carabao Cup second-round tie.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Hughton is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that lost to Leicester City on Saturday and give a number of fringe players the chance to gain some valuable minutes.

Record signing Jose Izquierdo won't feature for the Seagulls, but Anthony Knockaert will play some part, as Hughton's team look to reach the third round.

Izquierdo, has been unable to train for ten days, while awaiting a work permit and visa, and as a result Hughton wants the Colombian to focus on training this week, ahead of the weekend trip to Watford.

Knockaert, meanwhile, is expected to make his first start of the season, after missing much of pre-season with an ankle injury, and 21-year-old pair Ahannach and Mateju are in line for their Albion debuts.

Hughton has also indicated he will make full use of the squad, which could mean game time for Niki Maenpaa, Gaetan Bong, Connor Goldson, Uwe Huenemeier, Liam Rosenior, Rohan Ince, Richie Towell and Jiri Skalak.

Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown remains ruled out with a hamstring injury, but Hughton hopes to have the forward available again after the international break.

Beram Kayal (broken leg) and Sam Baldock (calf) remain the two long-term absentees for the Seagulls.

Steve Sidwell missed the game at Leicester due to a minor back injury and will come back into contention for Saturday’s trip to Watford. Glenn Murray took a knock to his ankle in the match at the King Power Stadium, but is also expected to be fine for the weekend, with neither player expected to feature on Tuesday night.

Elliott Johnson is ruled out for Barnet with a long-term knee injury he picked up in the Bees’ 1-0 win over Luton Town a few weeks ago.

John Akinde is also ruled out with a knee injury, while Richard Brindley will miss the game with an ankle problem.

FORM

ALBION

Albion are still waiting for their first points in the Premier League this season, after going down to back-to-back 2-0 defeats against Manchester City and Leicester City.

After keeping Pep Guardiola’s men at bay for 70 minutes of the opening day fixture at the Amex, Sergio Aguero’s strike and Lewis Dunk’s own goal gave title challengers City all three points.

The Seagulls were then beaten by the same scoreline against 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester. Shinji Okazaki’s first-minute strike was followed up by Harry Maguire’s second-half header, to give the Foxes their first win of the season.

Tomer Hemed came closest to getting Albion onto the scoresheet when his long-range effort forced a fine save from Kasper Schmeichel in the second half.

BARNET

The Bees have so far registered one win, one draw and one defeat in their three League Two fixtures to date.

The North Londoners head into Tuesday’s cup clash at the Amex on the back of a 1-0 loss to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.

Chris Porter’s 75th-minute strike was enough to earn the Cheshire side their first win of the season, as Barnet slipped down to 12th in the table.

That result came after back-to-back victories in the league and cup respectively, as Jack Taylor’s stoppage-time strike secured a 1-0 win over Luton Town, after an impressive 3-1 victory away at Peterborough United in the Carabao Cup first round.

These two results came after a 2-2 draw away at EFL newcomers, Forest Green Rovers on the opening day of the season.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

LEICESTER 2
Okazaki 1
Maguire 54


ALBION 0

Albion line-up:
Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy Suttner; March, Stephens, Propper, Murphy; Gross (Knockaert 62); Murray (Hemed 66).
Subs not used:
Maenpaa (GK), Rosenior, Huenemeier, Bong, Skalak.

LAST TIME OUT: BARNET

CREWE 1
Porter 75

BARNET 0


Barnet line-up: Stephens; Taylor, Tutonda, Nelson, Santos, Clough; Vilhete, Campbell-Ryce (Fonguck 67), Weston (Taylor 53); Coulthirst (Akinola 78), Akpa Akpro.

Subs not used: Ross (GK), Smith, Amaluzor, Izquierdo.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor

The former Chelsea youngster is now establishing a place for himself in the Barnet squad following a spell out on loan at Hampton & Richmond last season.

Taylor made the headlines for the Bees this season when his stoppage-time strike secured a 1-0 victory over Luton Town at the Hive on 12th August.

It’s not all been plain sailing for the midfielder though, after he was sent off for a second bookable offence in a 2-2 draw away at Forest Green Rovers on the opening day of the season. 

Jack’s older brother, Harry, also plays for Barnet as a defender.


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