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Irishman is fit to face the Cherries.

By Charlie Hanson • 03 April 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Evan Ferguson missed out on Saturday's game against Bournemouth.

Albion will look to make it five consecutive Premier League games unbeaten when they head to Bournemouth on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

The 3-3 draw with Brentford on Saturday continued our fine run in 2023. We have only suffered one Premier League defeat this year.


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Extended PL Highlights: Albion 3 Brentford 3

Equally impressive is the form on the road. Roberto De Zerbi’s team’s visit to Manchester City in October was the last time Albion were beaten away from home with three wins and four draws since.

A win wouldn’t see us move in the table but would help us pull away from the chasing pack of Brentford, Liverpool and Aston Villa in the search of European football.

Three points for Bournemouth on the other hand would move them up to 13th which would be their highest position since match week 12. It would also pull them four points clear of the bottom three, in what continues to be one of the most intense relegation battles the Premier League has seen.

Runs of defeats for Gary O’Neil’s men have hampered their first season back in the top-flight, but two wins in their last three games against Liverpool and Fulham have breathed life into their hopes of survival.

Team news

Roberto De Zerbi confirmed that Evan Ferguson will be fit and available to face Bournemouth on Tuesday evening, having missed out on the squad that drew with the Bees on Saturday.

Tariq Lamptey on the other hand will not be available.

Roberto De Zerbi said, "It's a difficult situation, we will see in the next week [about Tariq]. To have some solution on the bench in the coming weeks is important. In the last game we finished with Solly March and Pascal Gross [in defence]."

Our last meeting


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PL Highlights: Albion 1 Bournemouth 0

Albion dominated our last meeting with the Cherries back in February, but for all their efforts they couldn’t break down a resilient Bournemouth side at the Amex until Kaoru Mitoma nodded in a late winner to secure a deserved victory, continuing a streak of a loss followed by a win against the Cherries, that stretches back to 2018 (LWLWLW).


Bournemouth have won their last four home league games against Brighton, including all three in the Premier League. Overall, they're unbeaten in six at home against the Seagulls since a 2-0 loss in October 2007.

Brighton have won two of their last three league games against Bournemouth (L1), as many as they had in their previous 14 (D5 L7). They're looking to complete their first league double over the Cherries since the 2007-08 League One campaign.

Brighton have lost two of their four Premier League games against promoted sides this season (W1 D1), more than they had in their previous 15 such matches (W7 D7). They lost their last such game against Fulham, last losing consecutively against promoted sides in April 2019 (3 in a row).

Bournemouth have won just one of their last 13 midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League games (D3 L9), though that victory was at home to Brighton on a Tuesday in January 2020 (3-1). The Cherries have failed to score in all four such games this season (D1 L3).

Brighton have won their last two midweek Premier League games, beating Everton 4-1 in January and Crystal Palace 1-0 last month. They'd only won two of their previous 23 Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday games between December 2019 and October 2022 (D10 L11).

Brighton are unbeaten in their last six Premier League away games (W3 D3) since a 3-1 loss at Man City in October – it's the longest current unbeaten run on the road in the competition. The Seagulls have only failed to score in one of their last 14 Premier League away games, but they've also failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10.

Bournemouth have won their last two Premier League home games, as many as in their previous 11 at Vitality Stadium (D4 L5). They've not won three in a row at home in the top-flight since February 2018.

Bournemouth have faced more shots than any other Premier League side this season (467), while their average of facing 5.3 shots on target per game is their highest in a single top-flight campaign. Meanwhile, last time out against Brentford, Brighton registered their most ever shots (33) and shots on target (15) in a single Premier League match.

Brighton’s Solly March has scored four goals in his last five away Premier League appearances – he’d only scored two goals in his first 79 away top-flight games, although one of those was at Bournemouth in September 2017.

Kaoru Mitoma has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 14 league appearances, scoring seven and assisting three. He's either scored (2) or assisted (2) a goal in his last four Premier League games, with no Brighton player ever registering a goal involvement in five in a row in the competition before.

Match officials

Referee: Darren Bond.

Assistants: Darren Cann, Nick Hopton.

Fourth official: Andy Madley.

VAR: Darren England.

Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes.