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FIVE THINGS PREVIEW: STOKE CITY

8 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross slides towards the corner flag after scoring against West Ham United.

Brighton & Hove Albion come up against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon, looking to build on two positive results in the Premier League.

We’ve picked five things to look out for ahead of the contest in the Midlands. 

BACK-TO-BACK SEARCH

The Seagulls will be aiming to record back-to-back victories in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Albion have recorded back-to-back away victories over West Ham United and Swansea City respectively, but victory at the weekend would follow up the 3-1 win over the Hammers, after Saturday’s game at the Amex Stadium. 

ON THE GOAL TRAIL?

The three goals the side scored in their win over West Ham United equalled their season’s best tally in a single game – which also came against the Londoners back in October.

Glenn Murray handed the hosts a first-half lead, before Jose Izquierdo’s stunner doubled the advantage and Pascal Gross added a third for the Seagulls in a thoroughly deserved win.

Albion notched twice against the Potters back in November – Gross and Izquierdo were on target in the Monday night stalemate in front of the television cameras and both will be aiming to notch for the second game in a row on Saturday.

A NEW FACE IN THE DUGOUT 

Mark Hughes was in charge of Stoke when the Potters visited the Amex back in November – but a tough run of form in the league and a cup exit away to Coventry City spelt the end for the former Manchester United and Wales forward. 

Paul Lambert has been brought in to try and steer the club away from the drop-zone, and he’s overseen a win, a draw and a loss so far during his three matches in the technical area.

FOUR ON THE BOUNCE? 

Albion striker Glenn Murray has netted in each of his last three matches in all competitions.

The forward came off the bench to give the Seagulls a last gasp 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Emirates FA Cup, before finding the net in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s from the penalty spot. 

On Saturday he opened the scoring in the 3-1 win over West Ham, producing a calm finish seven minutes into the contest on the south coast to set Albion on their way to a deserved victory. 

LOCADIA TO PLAY A PART?

Albion boss Chris Hughton revealed last week that club-record signing Jurgen Locadia had been training and continuing his return from injury.

The manager also earmarked this weekend’s game against the Potters as a realistic return date for the man the Seagulls signed from PSV Eindhoven last month – and the Dutchman could feature in the squad for the visit to the Staffordshire club.


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