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WHO’S JOINING ALBION’S UNDER-23S?

28 June 2019

Paul Hazlewood
The Seagulls ran PL2 winners Everton close during their first season in the top flight.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s impressed during their debut season in the Premier League 2 Division 1, but who will the Seagulls be playing against next season after Swansea City and West Ham United dropped out of the league?

Joining Simon Rusk’s team in the top flight, after promotions from the second tier of under-23 football, will be Wolverhampton Wanderers and south-coast neighbours Southampton.

Wolves pipped Southampton to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title on goal difference, but after victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle United in the play-offs, the Saints also secured promotion.

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Albion remained unbeaten against both sides during their promotion-winning 2017/18 campaign, winning on both away trips, while sharing 1-1 draws when both opponents travelled to Sussex.

Aaron Connolly fired the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Southampton, before the Irishman hit a hat-trick against Wolves at Molineux, as Rusk’s play-off winners sealed an emphatic 5-0 victory.

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After making four visits to Swansea’s Landore Training Centre over the past three campaigns, the Seagulls will avoid another trip to Wales next season, unless drawn against the Swans in the Premier League International Cup.

West Ham’s relegation will also mean no visits to the Chigwell Construction Stadium — a place where Albion remained unbeaten after playing the Hammers three times in as many seasons, including a 4-2 victory to close 2018.


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