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PREVIEW: GROSS AND PROPPER AVAILABLE FOR LEICESTER VISIT

22 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in training ahead of the Leicester City match.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to return to winning ways when Leicester City visit the Amex Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

After recording three consecutive victories in October, the Seagulls opened the current month with defeats to Everton and Cardiff City on the road before the international break.

But Chris Hughton’s side have taken ten points from a possible 15 at the Amex this season, and Saturday provides another opportunity to strengthen their positive record on the south coast.

The Foxes arrive on the back of three games without defeat, most recently being held to a goalless draw to Burnley at the King Power Stadium.

Albion occupy 12th spot in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash, three points behind Claude Puel’s team who find themselves in tenth.



TEAM NEWS

Albion midfielder Dale Stephens will miss Saturday's game at the Amex, as he serves the first game of his three-match suspension, following his red card at Cardiff last time out.

Hughton confirmed that Pascal Gross and Davy Propper are both back in training and available for selection this weekend, while Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) remains sidelined.

Leicester are expected to be without Harry Maguire (knee), but midfielder James Maddison (knee) could return to the fold after missing his team’s previous match.

Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Matty James (achilles) both remain sidelined for the visitors.




FORM

The Seagulls sealed a hat-trick of victories in October, but back-to-back defeats earlier this month prevented Hughton’s side from climbing further up the league table.

West Ham United, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers were all beaten by a 1-0 scoreline, before visits to Goodison Park and the Cardiff City Stadium.

Lewis Dunk has found the back of the net in consecutive matches, but neither of his back-post headers have been enough to seal points, as Albion lost 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.

The Foxes ended October with a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the King Power Stadium.

An emotional victory was secured against Cardiff a week later, as Demarai Gray fired the winning goal, before Puel’s team shared the spoils with Burnley on home soil.

LAST TIME WE MET

Hughton’s men held their own against the Foxes for 83 minutes, but Vicente Iborra’s goal broke the deadlock after Glenn Murray’s 76th-minute penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

The entire Leicester back-line received yellow cards as Albion threatened from wide positions, but the visitors defended well to prevent the Seagulls from going ahead or levelling the game.

Wilfred Ndidi was then sent off in the 87th minute for two bookable offences, but it didn't stop Jamie Vardy from rounding off the scoring deep into stoppage time to claim a 2-0 win at the Amex.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

CARDIFF CITY 2
Paterson 28
Bamba 90

ALBION 1
Dunk 6

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo; March (Bissouma 39); Murray (Andone 63).

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bernardo, Balogun, Bruno, Gyokeres.




LAST TIME OUT: LEICESTER CITY

LEICESTER CITY 0

BURNLEY 0

Leicester City line-up: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Evans (Soyuncu 90), Chilwell; Mendy, Ndidi; Albrighton (Iheanacho 60), Ghezzal, Gray (Okazaki 84); Vardy.

Subs not used: Ward (GK), Simpson, Fuchs, Iborra.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Ben Chilwell

The full-back has played every minute of Premier League football for the Foxes so far this season — producing form that has also seen the 21-year-old start the last four matches for England.

Chilwell broke into Leicester’s first team during the 2016/17 season and made 12 appearances in the Premier League, while also featuring twice in the UEFA Champions League against Porto and Atletico Madrid.

A further 24 league appearances came during the following campaign, as the full-back began to show his quality down the left flank to help the Foxes to a ninth-placed finish.

In recent weeks Chilwell has chipped in with assists against Arsenal and Cardiff City away from home, while also setting up Harry Kane’s winning goal against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.


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