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PREVIEW: SOUTHAMPTON V ALBION

13 September 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion travel to St Mary's Stadium on Monday night.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action after a busy international break, and the Seagulls come up against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Monday evening, kick-off 8pm.

A number of Albion’s players have been away representing their respective countries, but Chris Hughton’s side have returned and regrouped for Monday’s game against the Saints in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The Seagulls came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Fulham before the break, while Albion’s south-coast rivals sealed a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

It will be the third Premier League meeting between the sides, after the spoils were shared in both games between the clubs last season, as Albion finished 15th - four points ahead of Southampton in 17th.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that everyone is back in training ahead of Monday's game in Hampshire, and striker Florin Andone will feature for the club's under-23 side on Friday evening.

Southampton forwards Charlie Austin and Shane Long are both injury doubts after not training throughout the international break, but the pair could return to training over the weekend.



FORM:

The Seagulls have taken four points from their opening four Premier League matches - a spell of games which included their impressive 3-2 victory against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.

After a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford, Albion bounced back with a memorable display against the Red Devils, before a respectable performance against Liverpool at Anfield, despite a 1-0 loss.

The Cottagers then arrived on the south coast and put themselves 2-0 ahead after Pascal Gross’s saved penalty - but Glenn Murray replied with two goals after the break to secure a point.

The Saints began their season with a goalless draw against Burnley in Hampshire, but back-to-back 2-1 defeats to Everton and Leicester City followed, as Mark Hughes’s team took just one point from their opening three matches.

But a first league victory of the campaign came at Selhurst Park before the international break, as goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg claimed all three points.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion drew Southampton in the second round of the Carabao Cup this season, and the match looked to be heading towards a penalty shootout at the Amex Stadium.

But Charlie Austin’s late header from Nathan Redmond’s cross won the contest for the visitors, on a night which saw the Seagulls give first-team debuts to a host of players.

Ben Barclay, Will Collar and Viktor Gyokeres all came into the starting line-up for their senior debuts, while David Button made his first Albion start between the goalposts.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 2
Murray 67, 84

FULHAM 2
Schurrle 43
Mitrovic 62

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (Locadia 74), Stephens, Propper (Jahanbakhsh 74), March; Gross (Bissouma 60); Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Bernardo, Kayal.




LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHAMPTON

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

SOUTHAMPTON 2
Ings 47
Hojbjerg 90+2

Southampton line-up: McCarthy; Soares, Vestegaard, Hoedt, Bertrand; Elyounoussi (Targett 72), Lemina, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long (Austin 62), Ings (Romeu 78).

Subs not used: Gunn (GK), Yoshida, Davis, Ward-Prowse.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Danny Ings

The forward joined the Saints this summer on an initial loan deal which becomes permanent in July 2019 - and the 26-year-old has already scored twice for his new side in the Premier League.

Ings struggled to get his chances at Liverpool due to injury and competition for places, following his move from Burnley, but the striker fired home on his first start for his new employers.

After his strike against Everton at Goodison Park, Ings also found the back of the net in Southampton’s victory against Crystal Palace in south London.

The striker recorded double figures in back-to-back seasons for Burnley in the Championship and Premier League, and Ings will now look to reignite his career with the Saints.


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