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PREVIEW: LEICESTER V ALBION

17 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens in action for Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion visit the home of the 2015/16 Premier League Champions on Saturday, as they play their opening away fixture of the season against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Seagulls began with a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City last weekend, despite holding Pep Guardiola’s team for 70 minutes, and Chris Hughton’s side will now look to secure their first points of the season against the Foxes.

After going off injured in Albion’s opening fixture, Izzy Brown has gone back to his parent club Chelsea to be assessed, meaning he will miss this weekend’s clash with the Foxes.

Otherwise, there are no fresh injury concerns for Hughton, who will again be without striker Sam Baldock (calf) and Beram Kayal (fibula), with the Israeli expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

For the Foxes, Danny Drinkwater will be hoping to return to the side after missing his team’s opener with a thigh strain, while Vicente Iborra is expected to miss out with a groin problem.

Robert Huth is also doubtful for Saturday’s game, as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

FORM:

ALBION

The first Premier League fixture in the club’s history ended in defeat last Saturday, as Manchester City’s star-studded team arrived at the Amex and secured a 2-0 victory.

Summer signings Mathew Ryan, Markus Suttner, Brown, Davy Propper and Pascal Gross all made their league debuts for the Seagulls, as Hughton’s new-look team took to the field in front of a sell-out crowd at the Amex.

After keeping their opponents at bay for 70 minutes, Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock for the visitors, before Lewis Dunk’s unfortunate own goal made it 2-0 five minutes later.

The Seagulls created chances before Aguero’s clinical finish, as Shane Duffy shot narrowly wide of the post and Davy Propper went close with a drilled effort from outside the box.

But Albion’s wait for their first Premier League points of the season continued, as they now look ahead to their visit to the King Power Stadium.

LEICESTER

The Foxes came up against Arsenal in their opening game of the season, and it proved a thrilling contest between the sides, which ended in a 4-3 victory for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

After conceding early on, Craig Shakespeare’s team overturned the scoreline with strikes from Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy, before the North London club drew level on the stroke of half-time.

Vardy then put the Foxes in front for a second time, but two late strikes in the closing stages ensured the Gunners would open their Premier League account with three points, as the East Midlands side went home empty-handed.

LAST TIME OUT:

ALBION 0

MANCHESTER CITY 2
Aguero 70
Dunk (og) 75

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Suttner; Brown (Murphy 24), Stephens, Propper, March (Knockaert 75); Gross; Hemed (Murray 60).

Subs: Maenpaa (GK), Rosenior, Huenemeier, Sidwell.


ARSENAL 4
Lacazette 2
Welbeck 45+2
Ramsey 83
Giroud 85

LEICESTER 3
Okazaki 5
Vardy 29, 56

Leicester line-up: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maquire, Fuchs; Mahrez, James (Iheanacho 82), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 88); Okazaki (Amartey 72), Vardy.

Subs: Hamer (GK), Chilwell, King, Slimani.



PLAYER TO WATCH:
Jamie Vardy

After forging a career in the lower leagues, the striker shot to fame after joining Leicester City in 2012 and helping them to an astonishing Premier League title win four years later, as he scored 24 goals that season.

Vardy is well-known for his electrifying pace, as the Foxes have used him as the focal point of their counter attacks in recent seasons, which has proved an effective strategy for the East Midlands club.

The forward backed up his impressive 2015/16 goal tally with another 13 goals last season, and opened his account for this season with a brace against Arsenal on the opening day.


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