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PREVIEW: BOURNEMOUTH V ALBION

18 September 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to the Vitality Stadium for the second time in five days, as they take on Bournemouth in the third round of the Carabao Cup tomorrow evening.

The Cherries came from behind to seal victory in the Premier League on Friday evening, after goals from Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe cancelled out Solly March’s headed opener.

Chris Hughton’s team will be looking to record an improved result this time around, as they target a place in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Summer signings Jose Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto and Tim Krul could be handed their first starts for the club, while Jayson Molumby and Dessie Hutchinson are both included in the matchday squad.

Izzy Brown has returned to training, but Sunday’s game against Newcastle United is more realistic in terms of the winger making his return from injury.

Gaetan Bong (thigh) has recovered from injury and is available, but Steve Sidwell, Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock all remain sidelined.

Steve Cook could return to action for Bournemouth after picking up an injury against Arsenal, but striker Callum Wilson remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Junior Stanislas is also closing in on a return for the Cherries, but Tuesday evening’s game could come too soon for the winger.

FORM:

ALBION

: The Seagulls reached the Carabao Cup third round after beating League Two opponents Barnet at the Amex in August, when James Tilley scored his first senior goal.

Hughton’s team head to the Vitality Stadium on the back of Friday night’s Premier League defeat against the Cherries, which followed their first league win at the Amex the previous Saturday.

Albion gave an impressive performance on home soil, as goals from Pascal Gross (2) and Tomer Hemed secured a historic 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Shortly before the season’s first international break, Albion picked up their opening point of the campaign, in a goalless draw against Watford at Vicarage Road.

The season began with back-to-back 2-0 defeats for the Seagulls, firstly against Manchester City at the Amex, before Leicester City sealed a comfortable win at the King Power Stadium.

BOURNEMOUTH: The Cherries booked their place in the Carabao Cup third round after beating Championship opponents Birmingham City 2-1 at St Andrew’s in August.

Goals from Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh overturned a first-half deficit, as Eddie Howe’s team held on for victory to set up Tuesday evening’s game against the Seagulls.

In the Premier League, Bournemouth sealed their first points of the season against Albion on Friday evening, after opening the season with four successive defeats.

Their season began with a 1-0 defeat against West Brom at the Hawthorns, before Watford claimed all three points at the Vitality Stadium, in a 2-0 win for Marco Silva’s team.

After taking the lead against Manchester City, the Dorset Club fell to a 2-1 defeat in stoppage time, which came before a 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION & BOURNEMOUTH


BOURNEMOUTH 2
Surman 67
Defoe 73

ALBION 1

March 55

Bournemouth line-up: Begovic; Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels; Fraser (Ibe 65), Artur, Surman, Pugh; Defoe (Afobe 78), King (Gosling 90+3).

Subs not used: Boruc (GK), Mings, Cook, Mousset.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Rosenior, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert (Izquierdo 76), Propper, Stephens, March; Gross (Murray 77); Hemed.

Subs not used: Maenpaa, Huenemeier, Goldson, Schelotto, Murphy.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Jermain Defoe



The clinical striker signed for the Cherries this summer, and scored his first goal for the club on Friday evening, as he found the bottom corner in the 73rd minute to make the difference against the Seagulls.



Despite having few opportunities in front of goal, Defoe took his first clear-cut chance to put the Cherries in front, before going off to a standing ovation from Bournemouth’s jubilant supporters.

Known for his sharpness in front of goal and pace in behind opposition defences, Defoe currently occupies seventh position in the all-time Premier League goalscoring table, with 158 goals for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Sunderland.

The forward has also scored 20 goals in 57 international appearances for England, with his strike against Slovenia in 2010 sealing qualification to the knockout stages of the World Cup in South Africa.


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