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CHECKATRADE TROPHY PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED V ALBION

3 October 2017

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Albion are in Checkatrade Trophy action at the Kassam Stadium tonight.

A Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 side will play their second game in Southern Group G of the Checkatrade Trophy this evening, when they come up against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

Simon Rusk’s team were beaten 2-0 in their opening fixture against MK Dons at Stadium:MK and will now face the group leaders, who opened their account with an emphatic 6-2 win over Stevenage.

The Seagulls come into the game after an impressive away victory in the Premier League Cup last Friday, when braces from Max Sanders and Steven Alzate, and a late strike from James Tilley, secured a 5-0 win against Sunderland.

In the Premier League 2 Division 2, Albion occupy eighth position in the league, following two wins from six games, while tonight’s League One opponents sit 13th after Saturday’s 4-1 win at Peterborough United.

Rusk’s team will be looking for a repeat of the last time an Albion side visited the Kassam Stadium, when Chris Hughton’s first team sealed a 4-2 victory in the EFL Cup, during their promotion-winning season just gone.

Six players in Albion’s starting line-up must have been under the age of 21 on 30th June 2017, meaning Rusk can call upon five members of Hughton’s first-team squad if needed.

If this evening’s game ends all square after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will take place between the sides, with an additional point the reward.

Albion supporters can follow a live text commentary on the Match Centre, with a match report being published after the game.


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