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22 February 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion welcome Swansea City to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, when they come up against Swansea City at the Amex Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls will look to extend their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions, and also secure a second league victory over the Swans this season, after November’s 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.

Chris Hughton’s side currently sit one point and two places ahead of Carlos Carvalhal’s rejuvenated team, who have gone ten games without defeat to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Victory for either side will be another huge step in the direction of Premier League safety - with both clubs also still in the Emirates FA Cup, as the season heads toward its conclusion.


Steve Sidwell (ankle and back) and Jiri Skalak (ankle) remain the only two absences through injury, while Tim Krul is available for selection after picking up a neck injury in last week's Emirates FA Cup victory over Coventry City.

Swansea are expected to welcome back Alfie Mawson on Saturday, after the defender recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

Leon Britton is also in line to return for Carvalhal’s side, with the midfielder not playing since October due to a pelvis injury. Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Leroy Fer (achilles) remain sidelined for the Swans.


Glenn Murray’s winning goal off his thigh moved Albion into eighth position in the Premier League at the beginning of November, after a commanding display against Swansea in Wales.

It was also Albion’s second successive away victory, following their 3-0 win against West Ham United at the London Stadium - but the hosts came agonisingly close to spoiling the party in the closing stages.

Luciano Narsingh surged into Albion’s penalty area with little time remaining on the clock, but the substitute’s effort crashed back off the crossbar, which meant Hughton’s team held on for three points.


ALBION: The Seagulls have taken five points from their previous three Premier League meetings - a run which started against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium, where Hughton’s men drew 1-1.

An impressive 3-1 victory followed against West Ham at the Amex, with goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross sealing all three points against the Hammers.

Mathew Ryan produced a dramatic 90th-minute penalty save to secure a share of the spoils after Izquierdo’s wonderful team goal was cancelled out by Xherdan Shaqiri at Stoke City.

Albion reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after beating Coventry 3-1 at the Amex last weekend - in a contest that saw goals from club-record signing Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa.

SWANSEA CITY: The Swans are ten matches unbeaten and have turned their season around after spending the majority of the campaign deep inside the Premier League relegation zone.

The run began in the FA Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers - but Carvalhal’s impact was most noticeable after the Welsh club sealed surprise back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.

A 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium came at the start of February, before an emphatic 8-1 success against Notts County to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Ki Sung-yueng then scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Burnley at the Liberty Stadium, which was followed up by Swansea’s most recent result, a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.


Locadia 15
Goldson 34
Ulloa 61

Clarke-Harris 77

ALBION: Krul (Maenpaa 46); Bruno, Goldson, Huenemeier, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens (Propper 46), Kayal, March; Locadia (Baldock 77), Ulloa.

Subs not used: Dunk, Rosenior, Izquierdo, Hemed.




SWANSEA CITY: Nordfeldt; Naughton, van der Hoorn, Bartley; Roberts, Ki, Carroll, Olsson (Clucas 79); Routledge; Abraham (Ayew 67), Narsingh (Dyer 64).

Subs not used: Mulder, Naughton, Fernandez, James.


The striker has featured in every league match for the Swans this season, and has played a big part in their recent turnaround in form - notching four goals in his previous nine Premier League matches.

The Ghanian international works extremely hard in both directions for Carvalhal’s team, showing pace on the ball and also the strength to hold off markers and bring his team-mates into play.

The 26-year-old scored crucial goals in 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, while also triggering Swansea’s late comeback against Watford at the Liberty Stadium in December.

Ayew continues to provide a wide threat for the Welsh club, but can also drift inside to link-up with Tammy Abraham in and around the penalty area.

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