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U23 PREVIEW: ALBION WELCOME GERMAN GIANTS

30 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Max Sanders in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome European giants Bayern Munich to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening, kick-off 7pm, as Simon Rusk’s team look to secure qualification in the Premier League International Cup.

The Seagulls can progress to the last eight of the competition with a point against their German opponents tonight, however defeat for Albion will see them exit after three matches in Group D.

Rusk’s side shared a 2-2 draw with Everton on their competition debut, before claiming three points against Benfica on the south coast, thanks to goals from Viktor Gyokeres and Aaron Connolly in a 2-0 victory.

Bayern opened their account with a 4-1 win over the Toffees last month, but were unable to add further points leading into tonight’s match, following a 1-0 defeat to Benfica on Sunday afternoon at Aldershot FC.

Tonight’s game will decide the final qualifier to the knockout stages, with Southampton, Reading, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal and Manchester United winning their groups to progress, while Leicester City and Dinamo Zagreb reach the next stage as the best second-placed teams.

Albion are currently three matches unbeaten, having ended 2018 with a 4-2 win against West Ham United, before 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.

Supporters can watch a live stream of tonight's match on the club's YouTube channel from 7pm.

Alternatively, fans can also follow a live text blog on the Match Centre this evening, with a match report, and gallery to be uploaded after the full-time whistle.


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