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WE MEET AGAIN: PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUT AWAY DAYS

25 June 2019

Linton Rogers
Albion will face Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United next season.

Brighton & Hove Albion will make debut Premier League visits to three grounds next season, but here’s a look back at previous meetings at Carrow Road, Bramall Lane and Villa Park respectively.

Norwich City finished the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign in pole position, securing a return to the Premier League after dropping into the second tier back in 2016.

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Albion travelled to Norfolk in November 2014 for an enthralling 3-3 draw against the Canaries, in a match that saw the scoreline swing in favour of both clubs before Gary Hooper’s 85th-minute leveller for the hosts.

Bruno headed his fourth goal for the Seagulls to break the deadlock at Carrow Road, but goals from Jonathan Howson and Russell Martin overturned Albion’s 33rd-minute opener.

Kazenga LuaLua curled home to make it 2-2, and when Adrian Colunga fired a 77th-minute penalty to put the Seagulls back in front, victory looked likely, but Hooper pounced late on to snatch a point.

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Sheffield United completed their three-season rise from Sky Bet League One to the Premier League with a second-placed finish last term, six points ahead of the chasing pack.

The Seagulls came up against the Blades in January 2005, after Mark McGhee’s side had won promotion to the second tier via a Play-Off Final victory at the Millennium Stadium.

Richard Carpenter finished off a free-flowing counter attack to drill Albion in front against the hosts on the stroke of half-time, but Kerry Mayo’s own goal after the break restored parity to the scoreline.

But with time running out at Bramall Lane, Albion struck late to find a winning goal and returned to Sussex with three points after an eye-catching display against Neil Warnock’s men.

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Similarly to Norwich, Aston Villa’s three-season absence from the Premier League came to an end when Dean Smith’s side beat Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

With promotion to the Premier League wrapped up, Albion travelled to Villa Park on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign knowing that victory over the Midlanders would secure the league title.

The away end was sent into raptures when Glenn Murray tucked away a 64th-minute penalty to put the Seagulls in front, but unfortunately there proved to be a late twist in the tale.

Current Villa captain Jack Grealish, who came off the bench on the hour mark, fired towards goal from long distance and squeezed the ball past David Stockdale to break Albion hearts in the 89th minute.

Fixture dates:

Aston Villa v Albion Saturday 19th October
Sheffield United v Albion Saturday 22nd February
Norwich City v Albion Saturday 11th April

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