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PREVIEW: ALBION V STOKE CITY

16 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Stoke City to the south coast on Monday evening, as they return from the international break to play their first Premier League match under the new LED floodlights at the Amex, kick-off 8pm.

The Seagulls are four matches unbeaten in the Premier League, and Chris Hughton’s team will be looking to extend that streak to five, as Mark Hughes and his team make their first trip to the Amex.

Glenn Murray scored the winning goal against Swansea City before the international break, leaving Albion eighth in the Premier League, while the Potters sit in 14th position before the weekend’s fixtures.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Potters' visit to the Amex Stadium on Monday evening following the latest international break.

For Stoke, goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss the game after breaking a finger in training for England, Geoff Cameron is also expected to be unavailable, but captain Ryan Shawcross should be fit to face the Seagulls.

FORM:


ALBION:

Hughton’s men go into Monday evening’s televised contest looking to make it five matches unbeaten in the Premier League.

The Seagulls picked up a 1-0 victory away to Swansea City last time out, thanks to Glenn Murray’s first-half effort from close range – with the striker netting his fourth goal in three matches.

He could set a new personal Premier League record should he find the net on Monday evening – as we revealed in ‘Stats Amazing’ on Wednesday, which fans can read here.

Prior to that victory in Wales, Albion had secured two 1-1 home draws with Everton and Southampton respectively, as well as an impressive 3-0 away win over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

STOKE CITY:

The Potters picked up their first away win of the season the last time they were on their travels in the Premier League, with a 1-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road. Darren Fletcher’s first-half strike was the difference between the two sides as Mark Hughes’s men secured all three points.

Their last game on home soil ended in a 2-2 stalemate with Leicester City, as goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Peter Crouch twice cancelled out goals from the Foxes duo of Vicente Iborra and Riyad Mahrez.

Prior to those two results, the side had suffered a disappointing home defeat to AFC Bournemouth by a 2-1 scoreline, as well as a heavy 7-2 defeat away to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Their other previous point of the road, aside from the win at Watford, came via a 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns at the end of August, where a goal from Peter Crouch cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s goal shortly after the hour mark.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

SWANSEA CITY 0

ALBION 1
Murray 29

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Stephens; Knockhaert, Gross (Brown 85), Propper, Izquierdo (March 66), Murray (Hemed 79).

Subs not used:
Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner.


LAST TIME OUT: STOKE CITY




STOKE CITY 2
Shaqiri 39
Crouch 73

LEICESTER CITY 2
Iborra 33
Mahrez 60

Stoke City line-up: Butland; Pieters, Wimmer, Zouma, Shawcross; Allen, Fletcher, Shaqiri, Diouf (Berahino 86), Sobhi (Crouch 69), Choupo-Moting.

Subs not used: Grant (GK), Martins Indi, Afellay, Adam, Jese.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Xherdan Shaqiri

Signed from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015 for a club-record fee on a five-year deal, the Swiss midfielder has nine goals in 58 league appearances for the side since making the switch to England – including two so far this term.

Prior to his time at the San Siro, Shaqiri plied his trade with Bayern Munich for two-and-a-half years, scoring 11 goals in 26 league appearances for the German side, winning eight domestic and international honours.

His homeland team FC Basel were the first club he played for - he won three Swiss league titles with his first professional side and was twice named the division’s player of the year in both the 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns.

He has claimed 11 trophies during his career overall, the most notable including three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League winner's medal.


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