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PREVIEW: SOUTHAMPTON V ALBION

29 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion play Southampton at St Mary's on Wednesday night.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.

Both sides head into the game after securing their places in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round at the weekend, as Albion and Southampton recorded 1-0 victories over Middlesbrough and Watford respectively.

The reverse fixture between the two clubs back in October ended 1-1, after Glenn Murray’s header cancelled out Steven Davis’s opener to claim a share of the spoils.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton revealed that returning striker Leonardo Ulloa is in contention to make his second Albion debut, after his loan move to the club on a deal until the end of the season was confirmed this morning.

The Seagulls boss is still waiting to find out the full extent of Jiri Skalak's injury, and hopes that Jurgen Locadia can begin full training next week.

Steve Sidwell (ankle and back) remains the only long-term absentee.

Ryan Bertrand is a doubt for the Saints after he went off with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win over Watford, while Charlie Austin is ruled out with the same injury.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls head into the match after progressing to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round after a 1-0 victory away at Middlesbrough, courtesy of Murray’s last-minute winner on Saturday.

Albion succumbed to back-to-back league defeats before their trip to Teesside, losing 4-0 and 2-0 to Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion respectively.

A 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup third round preceded those two results, which came after 2-2 and 0-0 draws with AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

The last league victory for Hughton’s men came on 23rd December, when a Pascal Gross strike was enough to beat Watford 1-0 at the Amex.

SOUTHAMPTON: A goal from Jack Stephens  was enough to overcome Watford in an Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie at St Mary’s on Saturday.

The result followed an impressive 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, where a Davinson Sanchez own goal gave the hosts a 1-0 lead, before Harry Kane equalised just four minutes later.

A 2-2 draw away at Watford preceded this game, which came after a 1-0 win away at Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side may be unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, but their last Premier League win came in the form of a 4-1 victory over Everton at the tail end of November.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MIDDLESBROUGH 0

ALBION 1
Murray 90

ALBION: Krul; Rosenior (c), Goldson, Huenemeier, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens (Propper 45), Kayal, Skalak (Izquierdo 61); Hemed (Murray 72), Baldock.

SUBS NOT USED: Maenpaa (GK), Schelotto, Dunk, Gross.

LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHAMPTON

 


SOUTHAMPTON 1
Stephens 4

WATFORD 0

Southampton line-up: McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand (Pied 40); Romeu, Davis; Hojbjerg, Boufal (Yoshida 67), Tadic (Carrillo 83); Long.

Subs not used: Forster (GK), Lemina, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH: James Ward-Prowse

The Southampton academy graduate has been in good recent form, with three goals in his last three appearances.

Ward-Prowse scored a brace in a 2-2 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road, and produced the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

After not being involved in the victory over Watford at the weekend, the 23-year-old could come back into the squad and is key to making the Saints tick.


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