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7 December 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat when they take on fellow Premier League newboys Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The teams will face off for the very-first time in the top flight of English football, as both sides made their debut in the Premier League after battling it out for promotion in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

The Seagulls occupy 12th position in the Premier League - two points and four places ahead of the Terriers, who opened their account with an impressive 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season.

Both teams won their home matches against one another last campaign, with Anthony Knockaert securing a 1-0 victory at the Amex, before David Wagner’s team secured a 3-1 win in Yorkshire.


Chris Hughton confirmed Albion have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, with Steve Sidwell the only absentee for the Seagulls.

Michael Hefele, Jon Stankovic and Philip Billing are all expected to miss out for the Terriers, as they continue their recoveries from long-term injuries.

Rajiv van La Parra will miss out on the chance to face his former club, as he serves the third game of his suspension after being sent off in Town's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City.


ALBION: The Seagulls head into Saturday’s game looking for their first Premier League victory since winning 1-0 against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in early November.

Hughton’s team followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Stoke City at the Amex, before narrowly losing out 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, despite giving a credible display against Jose Mourinho’s men.

A goalless draw was then shared with Crystal Palace at the Amex, but Albion’s heaviest defeat of the season came last time out, when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool produced a lethal performance to win 5-1 on the south coast.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: The Terriers have lost four consecutive games in the Premier League since beating West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Three of those games have been on the road, starting with a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth - and taking the lead against Manchester City, Wagner’s team were undone by two second-half goals.

An emphatic 5-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium followed, before their most recent game, which ended in a 2-0 victory for Everton at Goodison Park.


Murray 51

Can 30
Firmino 31, 48
Coutinho 87
Dunk 89 (og)

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno (Schelotto 76), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (March 69), Stephens, Propper, Brown (Izquierdo 69); Gross; Murray.

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Kayal, Hemed.



Sigurdsson 47
Calvert-Lewin 73


Huddersfield Town line-up: Lössl; Malone (Mounié 71), Schindler, Zanka, Smith; Williams, Mooy; Kachunga, Ince, Quaner (Palmer 46); Depoitre.

Subs not used: Green, Hadergjonaj, Cranie, Löwe, Hogg,


After joining the Terriers on a season-long loan from Manchester City at the beginning of last season, Mooy permanently moved to the Yorkshire club this summer for an initial £8 million fee, which could rise to £10 million.

The midfielder, who plays for Australia with Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, made 45 league appearances for the Terriers last season, scoring four goals, and featured in all three of their play-off games.

The energetic 27-year-old has a wide range of passing in his locker but also knows where the back of the net is, as he proved in Huddersfield’s wins over Newcastle United and Manchester United this season.

Mooy has featured in all 15 Premier League games for the Terriers this season, and also helped Australia reach the World Cup finals after taking his number of international caps to 31 in their play-off success over Honduras.

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