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PREVIEW: ALBION V FULHAM

30 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion welcome Fulham to the Amex Stadium this weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion play their final Premier League match before the international break, as they welcome Fulham to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls have an identical record to the Cottagers after three matches, as both clubs sit on three points with a -2 goal difference, following one victory and two defeats.

During Chris Hughton’s reign as manager, Albion have beaten the London club on four consecutive occasions, with the most recent victory coming at Craven Cottage in 2017.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s team were beaten in their opening two matches of the season, before sealing their first points of the season against Burnley last weekend.

Albion came close to taking a share of the spoils from their visit to Anfield, but Mohamed Salah’s goal sealed the points despite an encouraging display from the Seagulls.




TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo remain sidelined for Fulham’s visit, with the pair likely to be available after the international break.

Bruno has trained throughout the week and the Albion boss will make a late decision on the Spaniard’s involvement, while Lewis Dunk could train Friday and hasn’t been fully ruled out.

After missing the midweek Carabao Cup tie against Exeter City, Fulham are hopeful that captain Tom Cairney will be fit for this weekend’s game at the Amex, after recovering from a minor ankle injury.

Summer signing Alfie Mawson made his first appearance against Exeter, and the defender could come into Jokanovic’s plans for their journey south. Floyd Ayite and Tim Ream remain sidelined for the Cottagers.




FORM:

The Seagulls almost backed up their impressive 3-2 victory over Manchester United with more points at Anfield, but Jurgen Klopp’s team secured a narrow victory on Merseyside.

Pascal Gross almost levelled the game in the closing stages, but Reds goalkeeper Alisson pulled off a fine save to deny the German, as Salah’s curling effort made the difference.

Albion produced an eye-catching display against Manchester United prior to their game at Liverpool, as goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Gross helped Hughton’s side to a 3-2 win.

An 88th-minute goal from Charlie Austin knocked the Seagulls out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, as Hughton made ten changes to the side and introduced a handful of under-23 players.

The Cottagers opened the 2018/19 campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, before Tottenham Hotspur inflicted another loss on Jokanovic’s team, as they won 3-1 at Wembley Stadium.

The London side bounced back with a 4-2 victory over Burnley on home soil, as Aleksandar Mitrovic fired a brace, in-between goals from Jean Michael Seri and Andre Schurrle.

Fulham reached the third round of the Carabao Cup in midweek, as they won 2-0 against League Two opposition at Craven Cottage - Aboubakar Kamara netted both goals.




LAST TIME WE MET:

After coming from behind to beat Fulham at the Amex Stadium in 2016, Hughton’s team repeated the feat in the reverse fixture at Craven Cottage in 2017.

David Stockdale saved a first-half penalty from Stefan Johansen to keep the game level, but Lucas Piazon broke the deadlock after the break, as he found the bottom corner on 55 minutes.

But two goals in as many minutes from Tomer Hemed (pen) and Lewis Dunk completed an explosive turnaround in front of thousands of jubilant Albion fans at Craven Cottage.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

SOUTHAMPTON 1
Austin 88

Albion line-up: Button; Collar, Barclay, Bernardo, Suttner; Jahanbakhsh, Kayal (Connolly 90), Bissouma, Gyokeres; Gross (Propper 63); Locadia.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Balogun, Montoya, Knockaert, Stephens.




LAST TIME OUT: FULHAM

FULHAM 2
Kamara 4, 48

EXETER CITY 0

Fulham line-up: Rico; Christie, Mawson (S.Sessegnon 75), Chambers, R.Sessegnon; Zambo Anguissa, Cisse, Johansen; Kamara, Rui Fonte, Kebano (De La Torre 74’).

Subs not used: Fabri (GK), Odoi, Bryan, McDonald, Mitrovic.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Aleksandar Mitrovic

The striker, who initially signed for Fulham on loan for the second half of last season, scored 12 goals to help the Cottagers seal promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

After making his move permanent this summer, Mitrovic has begun the campaign with three goals in his opening three matches, with his opening strike coming against Spurs at Wembley.

The 23-year-old then bagged a brace against Burnley at Craven Cottage - with all three of his Premier League goals being headers.

Mitrovic has proved a handful for opposition defences, with 15 attempts at goal in his opening three matches, and Albion’s defence will need to keep the Serbian under wraps at the Amex.


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