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PREVIEW: BERNARDO DOUBTFUL FOR CHERRIES CUP CLASH

3 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Bernardo came off with a hamstring strain against West Ham United.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their second visit of the season to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they come up against AFC Bournemouth in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup, kick-off 12.30pm.

The Seagulls head into the game on the back of three unbeaten matches in the Premier League, most recently drawing 2-2 against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.

Chris Hughton’s side came up against the Cherries just before Christmas, but it proved a disappointing afternoon after David Brooks found the back of the net twice to inflict a 2-0 defeat on the Seagulls.

The Dorset club shared an entertaining 3-3 draw with Watford last time out, with all six goals coming an a frantic first-half period on the south coast.


TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Bernardo is an doubt for Saturday’s match, after the Brazilian felt his hamstring tighten against West Ham — however the Albion boss hopes it was just down to fatigue.

Maty Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both away at the Asian Cup, while Jose Izquierdo remains doubtful as he continues to recover from knee injury.

The Albion boss also confirmed that under-23 forward Viktor Gyokeres will be in the squad.

Bournemouth will be without captain Simon Francis after the defender suffered a knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day, ruling the 33-year-old out of action for six to nine months.

Lewis Cook and Adam Smith also remain sidelined for the Cherries with long-term knee injuries.




FORM:

The Seagulls have strung together three unbeaten games to leave themselves 13th in the Premier League table — following their defeat to Bournemouth just before Christmas.

Jurgen Locadia fired an equalising goal for the Seagulls in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Boxing Day, before hitting the winning goal against Everton a few days later, as Albion claimed a 1-0 victory.

Albion raced into a 2-0 lead against West Ham thanks to goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy, but Marko Arnautovic bagged a brace, meaning the Seagulls had to settle for a point on Wednesday.

The Cherries have claimed just one point since their victory over Albion, losing 5-0 to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium before another heavy 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Eddie Howe’s side came from behind twice to get on level terms against Watford on Wednesday evening, but were unable to find a winning goal in the second half as the match ended 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

WEST HAM UNITED 2
Arnautovic 66, 68

ALBION 2
Stephens 56
Duffy 58

Albion line-up: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo (Bong 73); Stephens, Propper, Gross; March, Murray (Andone 82), Locadia.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert.




LAST TIME OUT: BOURNEMOUTH

BOURNEMOUTH 3
Ake 34
Wilson 37
Fraser 40

WATFORD 3
Deeney 14, 27
Sema 38

Bournemouth line-up: Begovic; Stanislas, S Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser (Ibe 81); King, Wilson (Mousset 81).

Subs not used: Boruc (GK), Mings, Rico, Surman, Defoe.




PLAYER TO WATCH: David Brooks

The winger has featured in 19 of Bournemouth’s 21 Premier League matches so far this season, finding the back of the net on five occasions.

Brooks has made a successful transition to top-flight football after signing from Sheffield United in July 2018, becoming an integral part of Howe’s side on the south coast.

The Seagulls found out just how dangerous Brooks can be in the Premier League meeting last month, as the winger found the bottom corner from long range before heading a second goal at the Vitality Stadium.


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