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PREVIEW: QUINTET RETURN TO TRAINING AHEAD OF FOXES TRIP

25 February 2019

Kieran Cleeves
Numerous Albion players have returned to training ahead of Tuesday's trip to the King Power Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion visit the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm, as Chris Hughton’s team look to return to winning ways and move further clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

The Seagulls find themselves three points clear of the bottom three following the weekend’s fixtures, after not playing a match due to Chelsea’s involvement in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.

Albion bounced back from their 3-1 home defeat to Burnley with a 2-1 victory over Derby County in the Emirates FA Cup, but Hughton’s side will now look to collect three points in the process of recording back-to-back wins.

The Foxes visited the Amex Stadium back in November, and it was Jamie Vardy’s 79th-minute penalty that secured a point, after Glenn Murray fired home on his 100th Premier League appearance.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Leon Balogun is the only player that will definitely miss Tuesday night’s game because of injury.

Glenn Murray, Lewis Dunk, Solly March, Jurgen Locadia and Jose Izquierdo have all returned to training after injuries, and decisions will be made ahead of the visit to Leicester.

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell is a doubt for the Foxes after missing Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace, while Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey are both expected to miss the game.



FORM

The Seagulls have enjoyed success in the Emirates FA Cup since the turn of the year, progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition thanks to victories over AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Derby.

But Hughton’s side are without a Premier League victory since beating Everton 1-0 at the Amex towards the end of December, when Jurgen Locadia fired the winning goal for the Seagulls.

Albion have drawn matches against West Ham United and Watford to add to their points tally, but will be desperate to get back to winning ways against the Foxes on Tuesday evening.

The Foxes are seven matches without a victory across all competitions, and that run of form led to Claude Puel departing the King Power Stadium before Albion’s visit on Tuesday evening.

Crystal Palace sealed a 4-1 victory over Leicester on Saturday evening, which followed back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Leicester’s last victory came at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day, when Vardy’s second-half strike secured a 1-0 victory over Everton, shortly before being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Newport County.



LAST TIME WE MET

Albion went in search of a reaction against Leicester on the south coast, following a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff the previous weekend, and it looked as if Hughton’s side were on their way to three hard-earned points.

Murray climbed above numerous Leicester shirts at the front post to glance home Anthony Knockaert’s corner, before the Foxes were reduced to ten men shortly before the half-hour mark.

James Maddison was shown a second yellow card for diving, which gave the visitors an even tougher task to get back level, but when Beram Kayal was penalised for a foul inside the box on 79 minutes, Vardy stood over the ball with a chance to equalise.

The forward made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Maty Ryan the wrong way to hit the back of the net and secure a share of the spoils for the Foxes.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 2
Knockaert 33
Locadia 45+2

DERBY COUNTY 1
Cole 81

Albion line-up: Button; Bruno, Duffy, Burn, Bernardo; Stephens, Bissouma (Gross 86); , Kayal; Knockaert, Locadia (Gyokeres 81), Jahanbakhsh.

Subs not used: Sanchez (GK), Bong, Montoya, Ostigard, Molumby.



LAST TIME OUT: LEICESTER CITY

LEICESTER CITY 1
Evans 64

CRYSTAL PALACE 4
Batshuayi 40
Zaha 70, 90+3
Milivojevic 81 pen

Leicester City line-up: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Fuchs; Tielemans (Iheanacho 74), Ndidi, Maddison; Ghezzal (Gray 46), Vardy, Barnes (Okazaki 85).

Subs not used:
Ward (GK), Morgan, Mendy, Soyuncu.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Harry Maguire

After signing for Leicester from Hull City in 2017, the defender’s form at the King Power Stadium attracted the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate and Maguire ended up playing in every game at last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 25-year-old’s goal against Sweden in the quarter-finals helped England reach the final four, and since returning to Premier League action with the Foxes, Maguire has found the back of the net a further three times.

As well as helping the Foxes to five clean sheets this season, Maguire had proved an attacking threat from set-pieces, and Albion know that all too well after his goal in their 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium last season.


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