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PREVIEW: SWANSEA CITY V ALBION

2 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games on Saturday, when they come up against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

Chris Hughton’s team have taken five points from their previous three games, and on Saturday they’ll make their first trip to Swansea since 2009.

The Seagulls were victorious in the last top-flight meeting between the sides in 1983, as Jimmy Melia’s team sealed a 2-1 victory over the Swans at the Vetch Field, however both sides were relegated later that season.

But 34 years on, Albion currently occupy 12th spot in their debut Premier League season, four points ahead of Paul Clement’s team, who sit one place above the drop zone after ten games.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that Albion are healthy on the injury front heading into Saturday's game, with just Steve Sidwell sidelined as he continues his recovery from back surgery.

For Swansea, Renato Sanches (thigh) and Wilfried Bony (hamstring) are both likely to miss out, while Martin Olsson is also a doubt after picking up a knee injury in the Carabao Cup tie against Manchester United.

After featuring for the Swans in their opening two league games, Kyle Bartley (knee) continues to be sidelined with a long-term knee injury.


FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls head into Saturday’s game after coming from behind to claim a point against Southampton last time out, as Glenn Murray’s goal ensured a 1-1 draw at the Amex.

Albion had previously picked up their first away victory of the season, and again it was Murray’s goals that made the difference, as well as Jose Izquierdo’s strike that added to the forward’s brace in a 3-0 win over West Ham United.

Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty snatched two points from Albion’s grasp at the Amex when Everton struck late in a 1-1 draw, and that came after a 2-0 defeat for the Seagulls on their first visit to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

Tomer Hemed was the match-winner when Newcastle United visited the Amex, with the Israeli’s second-half strike sealing all three points against Albion’s promoted rivals.


SWANSEA: The Swans are without a point in their previous three games, as they suffered defeats to Leicester City and Arsenal, either side of a Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United in Wales.

Sam Clucas gave Clement’s team a surprising lead at the Emirates Stadium, but second-half strikes from Saed Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey earned the Gunners a 2-1 victory.

Including their Carabao Cup defeat, Swansea have lost five of their six games at the Liberty Stadium this season, with their only victory coming in a 2-0 success against Huddersfield Town.

The Welsh club have held Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur to goalless draws on the road, with their first league win of the season coming against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
Murray 52

SOUTHAMPTON 1
Davis 7

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 87); Gross (Brown 83); Murray.

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


LAST TIME OUT: SWANSEA CITY



ARSENAL 2
Kolasinac 51
Ramsay 58

SWANSEA CITY 1
Clucas 22

Swansea City line-up: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, van der Hoorn (Dyer 82), Clucas, Ki, Carroll (McBurnie 84), Fer, Ayew (Narsingh 81), Abraham.

Subs not used: Nordfeldt (GK), Rodon, Mesa, Routledge.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Tammy Abraham

The striker signed from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal, after impressing for Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship last season, as he scored 23 league goals for the Robins and won their Player of the Season award.

Abraham has found the back of the net four times in his opening ten Premier League games, as he scored three of the four goals that have led to Swansea victories this season.

The 20-year-old joined Chelsea at just seven years of age and worked his way through the youth ranks, to be part of the successful youth team that recorded back-to-back triumphs in the UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup.

The majority of Abraham’s goals have come on his favoured right foot, with only three of his last 31 goals coming from his left, meaning Albion’s defence could benefit from keeping the striker on his weaker foot.

Abraham also received his first call-up to England's senior team for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, after the pacey forward made a number of appearances for his national team at younger age groups.


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