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PREVIEW: ALBION V NEWCASTLE UNITED

21 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's players being put through their paces in training.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action when Newcastle United visit the Amex on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 4pm.



The Seagulls head into the game after back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth in both league and cup competitions, but Chris Hughton’s side recorded their first-ever Premier League win beforehand.



Goals from Pascal Gross (2) and Tomer Hemed secured a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Amex, but the Magpies travel south after three successive triumphs in the Premier League.

Albion and Rafa Benitez’s team secured promotion to England’s top flight after a season-long battle at the top of the Sky Bet Championship last season, with the Tyneside club narrowly taking the title.

Hughton is expected to make wholesale changes to the Carabao Cup line-up from Tuesday evening, as he reintroduces a number of players who were rested after Friday’s Premier League game at the Vitality Stadium.




A decision will be made on Izzy Brown's inclusion within the squad, after the Chelsea loanee returned to training, while striker Glenn Murray is available for selection after being rested in midweek.

Hughton also confirmed that club captain Bruno will be fine for Sunday's showdown, after missing Albion's previous league meeting at Bournemouth.

Steve Sidwell, Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock all remain sidelined, as the trio coninute their recoveries from long-term injuries.

For Newcastle, Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss Sunday’s clash through suspension, while defender Paul Dummett will sit out with a hamstring injury.

Massadio Haidara is also out injured for the Magpies, but goalkeeper Karl Darlow is closing in on a return to the matchday squad.


FORM:

ALBION

: The Seagulls head into Sunday’s game with four points after five Premier League matches; most recently losing 2-1 to Bournemouth after taking the lead through Solly March at the Vitality Stadium.



The Cherries then came out on top in the Carabao Cup, with Joshua King scoring the winning goal in extra time after a goalless 90 minutes on the south coast.

Albion’s first league victory came against the Baggies at the Amex, and it was Gross that notched the club’s first-ever Premier League goal, before the German and Hemed added further goals.



Hughton’s men gained their first point from a 0-0 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road, following back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City at the start of the season.



NEWCASTLE UNITED: Just like Albion’s start to the campaign, the Magpies were beaten in their opening two fixtures without scoring a goal, as they lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur and 1-0 to Huddersfield Town.



Benitez’s team were then knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the second round, with Championship opponents Nottingham Forest claiming a 3-2 victory at St James’ Park.



But the Magpies have found their form since, winning a hat-trick of Premier League games, starting with an impressive 3-0 win over West Ham United on home soil, as they picked up their first points of the season.

Jamaal Lascelles then scored the winning goals in back-to-back games for the Tyneside club, as they edged out Swansea City 1-0, before sealing a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at home.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

BOURNEMOUTH 1

King 99

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Krul; Rosenior (Mateju 109), Goldson, Huenemeier; Schelotto (Propper 105), Skalak (March 104), Hutchinson, Molumby, Bong; Izquierdo (Knockaert 104); Murphy.

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Dunk, Tilley.




LAST TIME OUT: NEWCASTLE UNITED







NEWCASTLE UNITED 2
Atsu 19

Lascelles 68


STOKE CITY 1
Shaqiri 57



Newcastle line-up: Elliot; Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba; Merino, Hayden (Shelvey 69); Ritchie, Perez (Diame 86), Atsu; Joselu (Gayle 78).



Subs not used: Woodman, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Matt Ritchie



The former Bournemouth man has been in great form for the Magpies this season, picking up four assists in his last three outings in the Premier League.

Ritchie was the provider for all three of Newcastle’s goals in their wins over Swansea and Stoke, with his set-piece delivery proving a real threat for Benitez’s in-form side.

The winger was involved in 26 goals for the Tyneside outfit last season, scoring 16 and assisting ten in all competitions, as he helped the club secure the Championship title just ahead of Albion.

During Bournemouth’s promotion-winning season in 2014/15, Ritchie scored a remarkable 15 goals and claimed 17 assists - strengthening his creative reputation in forward areas.


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