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PREVIEW: JAHANBAKHSH AND IZQUIERDO TO MISS BOURNEMOUTH

20 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo will miss Saturday's game.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their first of two visits to AFC Bournemouth in the space of two weeks, as they come up against Eddie Howe’s team at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, kick-off 3pm.

After league matches against Arsenal, Everton and West Ham United, the Seagulls will visit the Cherries again in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Chris Hughton’s team are looking to bounce back from two Premier League defeats in a row, most recently losing 2-1 against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium last weekend.

The Cherries have also lost back-to-back league games, before Chelsea sealed a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals to knock Howe’s side out of the tournament.

TEAM NEWS

Albion will be without Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo for Saturday's game, while Shane Duffy will serve the last match of his suspension.

Simon Francis is a doubt for Saturday’s match, as the defender continues his recovery from a groin injury, while Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith all remain sidelined for the Cherries.




FORM

The Seagulls have taken six points from their opening four matches in December. Hughton’s side began with their second away victory of the season, winning 2-1 against Huddersfield Town.

Albion followed up that result with an impressive 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, despite having Shane Duffy sent off in the opening half at the Amex.

But consecutive defeats to Burnley and Chelsea have followed, leaving the Seagulls in 13th position ahead of their trip along the south coast.

The Cherries have taken just three points from their previous seven league matches, winning 2-1 against Huddersfield in amongst six defeats.

Howe’s side have played Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool within that run of games, but most recently lost 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers to leave them 11th in the league table.

LAST TIME WE MET

The teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on New Year’s Day at the Amex Stadium, with Bournemouth twice coming from behind to take a share of the spoils.

Anthony Knockaert opened the scoring in the fifth minute, tapping home from Izquierdo’s cross, but Steve Cook headed the Cherries level before the break.

Izquierdo was the provider again for the Seagulls, as he squared the ball for Glenn Murray to put Albion ahead in the 48th minute, but Callum Wilson bundled home a second for the visitors late on.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
March 66

CHELSEA 2
Pedro 17
Hazard 33

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Knockaert (Locadia 83), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Bissouma 82); Murray (Andone 63).

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bruno, Bong, Kayal.




LAST TIME OUT: BOURNEMOUTH

CHELSEA 1
Hazard 84

BOURNEMOUTH 0

Bournemouth line-up: Boruc; S Cook, Simpson, Daniels; Ibe, Stanislas (Fraser 63), Brooks (Defoe 88), Ake, Rico; Wilson, Mousset (King 73).

Subs not used: Travers (GK), Mings, Surman, Pugh.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Callum Wilson

The forward has already matched his record number of goals in a Premier League season, having hit the back of the net eight times in Bournemouth’s opening 16 matches of the campaign.

Wilson has also provided six assists for his team-mates, three times more than the 26-year-old managed for the Cherries last season.

The striker also made his England debut alongside Lewis Dunk against USA last month, rounding off a comfortable 3-0 victory for Gareth Southgate’s team with a 77th-minute strike.


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