WHUFC v BHAFC (20/10/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to the London Stadium for the first time, to play West Ham and to try and secure their first away win of the season.

West Ham Team News;

West Ham will be without Andy Carroll after his was sent off in the last game, while Javier Hernandez picked up an injury in training and is a doubt for the game.

Last Time Out; BFC 1-1 WHUFC

West Ham drew 1-1 away at Burnley last time out; after Michail Antonio had put the Hammers in front, Carroll was given his marching orders for 2 yellows within 99 seconds of each other. Chris Wood scored the equaliser with 5 minutes to play.

Top Scorer; Hernandez, Diafra Sakho (3)

Form; W, D, W, L, W, D

FACT; West Ham have not lost at home this season.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton’s Tomer Hemed will serve his last match in his 3 game ban, while Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock returned to action on Monday in the U23 match, but are unlikely to feature in the squad. Steve Sidwell is still missing from the team with injury.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 1-1 EFC

Brighton drew 1-1 with Everton last Sunday; Anthony Knockaert scored his first PL goal for the Seagulls 8 minutes from time, before Wayne Rooney converted a 90th minute penalty, after Bruno was penalised for a foul.

Top Scorer; Pascal Gross, Hemed (2)

Form; W, L, L, W, L, D

FACT; Not won an away top flight game since 1983

Last Time We Met: WHUFC [6]-[0] BHAFC (14/4/12);

Brighton slumped to a 6-0 thrashing, thanks to goals from Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole, a Gary Dicker own goal, and a Ricardo Van Te hat-trick.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 15 of the 47 matches played, while West Ham have won 18. The Hammers have won the last 3 encounters, all without conceding a goal; Brightons last win was back in November 2004.

West Ham Likely Line-Up;

Hart;

Zabaleta, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell;

Antonio, Obiang, Lanzini, Arnautovic;

Sakho, Ayew;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

West Ham 1-1 Brighton

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BHAFC v EFC (15/10/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion made it seven points from their last three home games but were minutes away from a third successive win at the Amex, only to be denied by an 90th-minute Everton equaliser from the penalty spot. A slow burner of a game burst into life in the closing stages. Anthony Knockaert thought he had won it for the Seagulls when he fired them ahead from close range in the 82nd minute with his first Premier League goal for Brighton. But with the game approaching injury time, Bruno was penalised for a foul in the box and Wayne Rooney levelled from the penalty spot. The drama wasn’t over with Mathew Ryan twice denying Nikola Vlasic in the closing moments of stoppage time.

Albion had made three changes to the side beaten by Arsenal last time out with Knockaert, Glenn Murray and Markus Suttner returning for the first top-flight game between the clubs for 34 years. There was another rumbustious atmosphere at kick-off inside a sold-out Amex but there was a cagey start to the contest with little goalmouth incident in the first 20 minutes as both sides often gave the ball away needlessly. Goalkeeper Ryan, fresh from helping Australia reach a play-off for next year’s World Cup finals on Tuesday, made the first save of note when he got down to push away a low drive from Idrissa Gueye. The Seagulls gradually began to build some momentum and it took two brave blocks by Michael Keane to deny them a goal in the 31st minute. When Albion’s first corner was half-cleared to Knockaert, Keane threw himself in front of the Frenchman’s volley from the edge of the box. The loose ball fell to Lewis Dunk on the corner of the six-yard box but Keane again produced an excellent block with his shoulder, as the home fans appealed for a penalty. Gueye was Everton’s main threat and he took a pass from Rooney four minutes later but sent a curling effort inches wide of the far post. Albion were frustrated on several occasions by Everton’s well-drilled offside trap and a dogged visiting side beaten only once in their last 20 contests against promoted teams. There had been little to choose between the teams at the break with Dunk and Shane Duffy again superb at the heart of Brighton’s defence. Ryan came to Albion’s aid again eight minutes into the second period, instinctively blocking a powerful shot from Marcus Holgate before making a more comfortable save from Gueye’s header. Those chances were indicative of Everton’s intent as the game entered the final third. In their next raid Vlasic turned Markus Suttner to create precious space inside the box only to lose his footing as he shot, the ball drifting harmlessly wide. Albion made a double on 72 minutes when Jose Izquierdo replaced Solly March to make his home debut and Uwe Huenemeier came on for Duffy. Almost immediately Everton had a decent chance but Calvert-Lewin, after controlling a cross on the left, could only fire tamely at Ryan. Izquierdo was soon into the action, cutting inside and forcing Jordan Pickford to push his shot away for a corner. Everton failed to clear and it needed a block from Keane again to keep out Knockaert’s goalbound effort as Albion began to build up a head of steam. And with eight minutes to go the Seagulls broke through. Bruno did superbly on the right to get past Leighton Baines and tee up Izquierdo. His shot was blocked by Keane but the rebound was squared invitingly by Pascal Gross for Knockaert to give Pickford no chance from eight yards with a powerful low drive. Pickford prevented Albion from doubling their lead in the 87th minute when he produced a superb one-handed save to keep out substitute Izzy Brown’s shot and that proved to be a crucial intervention by the Everton keeper. It looked as if Albion had done enough but with a minute left Everton were awarded a penalty after Bruno, who was booked, was penalised for a foul on Keane as the defender tried to get on the end of a free kick. Despite vehement protests by the home side, referee Oliver pointed to the spot and Rooney sent Ryan the wrong way. Ryan came to his side’s rescue with a brilliant double save in the final moments to deny Vlasic, as Albion picked up a point which lifted them up to 14th in the table ahead of Friday’s trip to West Ham United.

Subs;                                                                      Subs;

Jose Izquierdo —> Solly March (73)                Oumar Niasse —> Idrissa Gueye (69)

Uwe Hunemeier —> Shane Duffy (73)           Kevin Mirallas —> Leighton Baines (84)

Izzy Brown —> Glenn Murray (85)                 Tom Davies —> Wayne Rooney (90)

BHAFC [1]-[1] EFC; Knockaert (82); Rooney (90pen);

Att; 30,565 (3,003 Everton)

Albion MOTM; Knockaert

BHAFC v EFC (15/10/17) | Match Preview

Brighton welcome Everton to the South Coast after the international break, with both teams looking for the 3 points to kick on from the start of the season.

Everton Team News;

Everton could welcome back James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka, but Yannick Bolasie, Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are all sidelined.

Last Time Out; EFC 0-1 BFC

Everton sunk to another defeat in the Premier League after a shock loss at home to Burnley; a goal from Jeff Hendricks was enough for the Clarets.

Top Scorer; Omar Niasse, Wayne Rooney (3)

Form; L, L, W, W, D, L

FACT; Everton are winless in 11 PL away games since beating Crystal Palace back in January.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton could have Glenn Murray back in contention, while Davy Propper is fit after an injury whilst on international duty. Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal are scheduled for the U23 match on Monday on their road to recovery.

Last Time Out; AFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton went down 2-0 away to Arsenal thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi.

Top Scorer; Pascal Gross, Tomer Hemed (2)

Form; D, W, L, L, W, L

FACT; A win would see the Seagulls notch up their 3rd straight top-flight home win; for the first time since 1982.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [1]-[2] EFC (9/4/83);

Brighton went down 2-1 to the Toffees in the last meeting 34 years ago.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 2 of the 11 meeting between the sides, while Everton have won 5. In the previous 6 games, both teams have scored at least once. Both of Brighton’s win have been at home (1982 and 1924)

Everton Likely Line-Up;

Pickford;

Martina, Keane, Jagielka, Baines;

Schneiderlin, Gueye;

Klassen, Rooney, Sigurdsson;

Niasse;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Everton

AFC v BHAFC (1/10/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to their fourth defeat of the season after losing 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi proved to be the difference on the day, but Albion could reflect on a brave performance in North London. The Seagulls showed plenty of ambition in a bid to claim something from the game, with Solly March and Davy Propper both going close, but the Gunners’ extra quality ultimately told. Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that beat Newcastle United last week. Jose Izquierdo made his full debut while Izzy Brown and Gaetan Bong also started the match. Arsenal created their first opening inside the second minute when Alexandre Lacazette saw his half volley crash against the post. The hosts took 17 minutes to break the deadlock through Monreal. The Spaniard fired home the loose ball during a goalmouth scramble after Shane Duffy had cleared off the line. Despite Arsenal’s early dominance, March came within inches of restoring parity midway through the first half from a brilliantly-worked free kick when his ferocious left-footed shot hit the post before Lewis Dunk fired wide from the follow-up. The Gunners threatened again when Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez both found themselves bearing down in front of goal, but the former elected to shoot instead of passing to his Chilean teammate, and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan made a comfortable save. The Gunners launched a blistering counter-attack from an Albion corner, instigated by Sanchez and ending in a fine save by Ryan with his feet to deny Aaron Ramsey from close range. Hughton’s men still had chances though and after some good link-up play involving Izquierdo and Bong, Davy Propper fired over from inside the box. The Gunners had the first chance after the break through Lacazette, but Duffy was on hand to make a brave sliding block from inside the area. Sanchez then found Ramsey on the edge of the box from a corner, however the Welsh international’s effort went high and wide of the target. The same combination almost created Arsenal’s second goal, but Duffy expertly cut out the Chilean’s lofted ball into the box and diverted it safely into Ryan’s grasp. Dunk then strode forward into space and let fly from distance, only to see his tame strike saved by Petr Cech. Arsenal showed their class just moments later to double their advantage with 56 minutes gone, as Iwobi clinically fired the ball home from Sanchez’s audacious back-heeled through ball. The Chilean almost got his name onto the scoresheet when he was allowed to cut inside the area, but the feintest of deflections off Dunk sent the ball narrowly wide. March was called into action from the subsequent corner when he headed Sead Kolasinac’s header off the line. Hughton brought on Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray with 14 minutes to go in one last roll of the dice, and Murray headed agonisingly wide from Pascal Gross’s cross, as Arsenal held on to their clean sheet and all three points.

Subs;                                                                        Subs;

Olivier Giroud —> Lacazette (71)                      Ezequiel Schelotto —> March (72)

Theo Walcott —> Iwobi (71)                               Glenn Murray —> Brown (76)

Mohamed Elneny —> Xhaka (83)                     Anthony Knockaert —> Izquierdo (76)

AFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Monreal (16), Iwobi (56);

Att; 59,378 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Dunk

AFC v BHAFC (1/10/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to the Emirates Stadium for the first time, as they look to make it 2 wins from 2 against Arsenal.

Arsenal Team News;

Arsenal have Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi, Calum Chambers, Francis Coqelin and Santi Cazorla all out injured, but could see Mesut Ozil back in the starting XI.

Last Time Out; BBFC 2-4 AFC

Arsenal secured a 2nd win in the Europa League, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Rob Holding and a Theo Walcott brace. Bate Borisov got consolation goals from Mirko Ivanic and Alexsandr Volodko.

Top Scorer; Alexandre Lacazette (4)

Form; W, W, D, W, W, W

FACT; Arsenal have won 8 straight Premier League games at home, one shy of their Emirates record.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be without Tomer Hemed after the F.A upheld his suspension, so Glenn Murray or Izzy Brown could be in line to start up front. Beram Kayal, Steve Sidwell and Sam Baldock are all still missing.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 1-0 NUFC

Brighton secured back-to-back home wins after a Hemed goal sealed victory against Newcastle.

Top Scorer; Pascal Gross, Hemed (2)

Form; W, D, W, L, L, W

FACT; Brighton could win consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since 1982.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[3] AFC (25/1/15);

Brighton were beaten 3-2 in our last meeting 2 years ago. Theo Walcott and Ozil put the Gunners 2-0 up, before Chris O’Grady pulled one back. Tomas Rosicky restored the 2 goal lead, before Sam Baldock’s goal gave Arsenal some last minute nerves.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 2 of the 15 matches played between the sides, while Arsenal have won 11; including the previous 4. All 3 previous victories for Arsenal have been in the F.A Cup, with both teams scoring in them games. Brighton’s last victory against the Gunners was back in September 1982.

Arsenal Likely Line-Up;

Cech;

Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal;

Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Kolanasic;

Sanchez, Lacazette, Ozil;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Brown;

Prediction;

Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

BHAFC v NUFC (24/9/17) | Match Review

Tomer Hemed scored for the second successive home game as Brighton & Hove Albion picked up three precious Premier League points against Newcastle United on a raucous afternoon at the Amex. Albion had to work hard to protect their hard-earned advantage in a frantic last ten minutes but a diligent defensive performance earned its reward.

The hosts had made one change to the side beaten by Bournemouth in their last Premier League encounter. Skipper Bruno returned after injury with Liam Rosenior dropping to the bench. Newcastle, who had won their last three in the league, were unchanged. The two promoted sides went at it hammer and tongs from the off with the wide men in both teams prominent and chances galore created. Mathew Ryan was forced to save at his near post as early as the second minute to block a drive from the impressive Mikel Merino but Albion soon got into their stride. Pascal Gross’s left-wing cross was met by Hemed who headed over before he then tested Rob Elliot with a shot from 20 yards. Albion should have gone ahead in the 12th minute. Anthony Knockaert’s pass put Solly March away down the left. His cross found Gross but the German’s goalbound volley hit Hemed on the goal-line and Newcastle somehow cleared. Elliot made another good stop, this time from March, during an opening 20 minutes played at an unrelenting tempo. Newcastle had threats in wide areas of their own, particularly the lively Christian Atsu down the left. He combined with Chancel Mbemba to create a chance for Ayoze Perez which flew over, while a rare slip by Lewis Dunk should have been punished by Joselu, but he failed to test Ryan from seven yards. The tempo dropped towards the end of the first half but both sides would have gone into the break feeling they should have been ahead. Five minutes into the second half and Albion were in front. Knockaert swung a free kick towards the far post where Dale Stephens had found a yard of space to head into the six-yard box for Hemed who swivelled to volley past a helpless Elliot. It was a goal from a set-piece straight off the training pitch. Only Elliot’s stunning reactions prevented March from scoring again in the 56th minute when he diverted Bruno’s driven cross goalwards only for the keeper to somehow recover his ground and clear the ball off the line. Shane Duffy made an important interception to deflect Merino’s shot for a corner before Newcastle made a double change with Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle coming on as they hunted for the equaliser. Shelvey then hit a post direct from a corner and also lifted a free kick over the bar, after Duffy had fouled Perez and picked up a yellow card as a result. In the closing stages Albion adopted a policy of protecting what they had. Atsu had a sight of goal with ten minutes remaining but volleyed weakly wide on the angle before Jamie Murphy replaced Knockaert. It was all hands to the pump late on. Dunk and Duffy both made important blocks while Ryan saved from Gayle and Jamaal Lascelles, neither of which seriously threatened the Australian keeper. Bruno then made an important headed clearance deep into stoppage time. Moments later Albion could celebrate – and the roar of relief around the Amex would probably have been heard in Newcastle.

Subs;                                                                   Subs;

Murphy —> Knockaert (81)                                Shelvey —> Hayden (68)

NO 2ND SUB USED                                               Gayle —> Joselu (71)

NO 3RD SUB USED                                                 Gamez —> Mbemba (83)

BHAFC [1]-[0] NUFC; Hemed (51)

Att; 30,468 (2,958 Newcastle)

Albion MOTM; Stephens

BHAFC v NUFC (24/9/17) | Match Preview

Brighton host last season Championship champions Newcastle on Super Sunday; Brighton will be looking for some revenge after the Magpies did the ‘double’ over them, as well as pipping them to the title on the last day of the season.

Newcastle Team News;

Newcastle will be without suspended Alexsander Mitrovic, while Paul Dummett is sidelined through injury and Massadio Haidara is a long term absentee. Karl Darlow is closing in in a return to the squad after injury.

Last Time Out; NUFC 2-1 SCFC

Newcastle won at home to Stoke thanks to goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu, while Xherdan Shaquiri scored for the Potters.

Top Scorer; Lascelles, Mitrovic (2)

Form; L, L, L, W, W, W

FACT; Newcastle have the youngest average starting XI in the Premier League this season (25yrs and 208 days).

Brighton Team News;

Brighton could welcome back Bruno into the side after missing the 2 clashes against Bournemouth in the last week, while Izzy Brown is in contention for the match day squad. Sam Baldock, Beram Kayal and Steve Sidwell all remain out however.

Last Time Out; AFCB 1-0 BHAFC (AET)

Brighton crashed out of the EFL Cup at the hands of Bournemouth; their 2nd defeat to the Cherries in 4 days. An extra-time winner from Josh King was good enough to secure a 4th round spot for Bournemouth.

Top Scorer; Gross (2)

Form; L, W, D, W, L, L

FACT; The Seagulls have used 16 players so far this season; the lowest in the Premier League.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [1]-[2] NUFC (28/2/17);

Brighton slumped to a 2-1 defeat as their chase for the title halted. After Glenn Murray had put the hosts in front, 2 goals in the final 10 minutes from Mo Diame and Ayoze Perez sealed the win for the visitors

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 8 of the 20 previous meetings while the Geordies have won 9 times. Newcastle have won the last 2 meetings, but Brighton had previously gone 6 games unbeaten before then (W4, D2), including back-to-back F.A Cup wins. The home side has scored in all but 3 of the last 10 games, while the away side has only scored 5 times but expect goals, as there was 5 in the 2 games last season.

Newcastle Likely Line-Up;

Elliot;

Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba;

Merino, Hayden;

Ritchie, Perez, Atsu;

Joselu;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-1 Newcastle

AFCB v BHAFC (19/9/17) | EFL Cup 3rd Round Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion exited the Carabao Cup at the third round stage after a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth, in an otherwise defensively resolute display at the Vitality Stadium.

Chris Hughton made ten changes to the side that lost 2-1 to the Cherries the previous Friday, as Dessie Hutchinson was handed his senior debut and Ezequiel Schelotto also made his first appearance. Jose Izquierdo had the first chance of the game when he cut inside from the left and forced a fine save from Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Lys Mousset and Brad Smith both had early chances for the hosts, but neither shot caused Tim Krul too much concern in the Albion goal. Mousset had another opportunity to break the deadlock early on following a sweeping move, but his attempt went over. Bournemouth continued to look lively and pressed forward once again through Jordon Ibe, however the former Liverpool man’s strike sailed harmlessly over the crossbar. Albion then had a great chance to go in front when Jiri Skalak’s low, driven strike was palmed away by Boruc into the path of Jamie Murphy, who agonisingly fired wide from inside the six-yard box. Izquierdo made another run in from the right flank and saw his strike flash across the face of goal. Some brilliant defending from Connor Goldson kept Bournemouth at bay moments later, as his perfectly-time challenge denied Benik Afobe a shot at goal. Krul was called into action just before the break and he made a fine one-handed stop to keep out Junior Stanislas’s shot that was heading for the far corner. The Cherries were denied by the woodwork just seconds after the re-start, as Stanislas hit the post on the follow-up, after Krul’s fine reactions kept out Afobe’s effort. Murphy had his second golden opportunity of the game after capitalising on Steve Cook’s sloppy backpass, but Boruc diverted the shot inches wide with his foot. Stanislas then squandered a brilliant chance to score for the Cherries, but saw his shot go high and wide of the target after he had latched onto Ibe’s ball across the box. Lewis Cook then took aim from the edge of the box, but Krul continued his impressive display with another brilliant save to keep out the midfielder’s effort. The hosts edged closer to making the breakthrough, but Skalak cleared Mousset’s header off the line. Krul was called into action yet again to deny Afobe from inside the box, before Schelotto blocked Marc Pugh’s shot as Albion’s defence stood firm. Ryan Fraser was next to try his luck from distance, but Krul made a comfortable save. Extra time began with the hosts continuing their momentum, as King raced to the byline and teed up Afobe, whose shot flashed across the face of the goal. Bournemouth’s constant pressure ultimately told, however, and the two substitutes, Pugh and Josh King, combined before the latter slotted the ball past Krul from close range. Adam Smith could have doubled Bournemouth’s advantage in the second period of extra time, but shot wide after arriving late in the box. Krul looked to top off a fine performance on his debut with a goal, as he rushed forward in the dying moments to get on the end of a corner, but the Cherries cleared the danger and claimed a place in round four.

Subs;                                                                          Subs;

Pugh —> Stanislas (63)                                        Knockaert —> Izquierdo (104)

King —> Mousset (79)                                          March —> Skalak (104)

A.Smith —> Ibe (103)                                           Propper —> Schelotto (105)

Hyndman —> Fraser (117)                                 Mateju —> Rosenior (110)

AFCB [1]-[0BHAFC; King (99);

Att; 10,372 (1,325 Brighton – 652 fans attended)

Albion MOTM; Krul

AFCB v BHAFC (19/9/17) | EFL Cup 3rd Round Match Preview

Brighton travel back down the South Coast to Bournemouth, just 4 days after the Cherries came from behind in the Premier League fixture to claim 3 points.

Bournemouth Team News;

Eddie Howe is set to rotate his team vigorously, as they prepare for a Premier League clash with Everton at the weekend. Game-changer Jordan Ibe could start the game, and there are no new injury worries for the Cherries boss.

Last Time Out; AFCB 2-1 BHAFC

Bournemouth beat Brighton 2-1 thanks to goals from Andrew Surman and Jermaine Defoe, after Solly March had put the visitors in front.

Top Scorer; Daniels, Fraser, Pugh, Surman, Defoe (1)

Form; L, L, W, L, L, W

FACT; Bournemouth have made the 4th round in 2 of their previous 3 seasons.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will also rotate their squad, with Tim Krul, Jose Izquierdo and Ezequiel Schelotto all set to make their first starts for the Albion. Gaetan Bong is back in contention after injury, while Steve Sidwell, Izzy Brown, Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are all still missing.

Last Time Out; AFCB 2-1 BHAFC

Same as above.

Top Scorer; Pascal Gross (2)

Form; L, L, W, D, W, L

FACT; Brighton will be looking to make the 4th round for only the 2nd time since 1980, with the last coming in the 2014/15 season.

Last Time We Met: AFCB [2]-[1] BHAFC (16/9/17);

Same as above

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 37 of the 105 game splayed between the 2 sides, while Bournemouth have won 40. The Cherries are unbeaten in 7 games against Albion in all competitions; this will be the first EFL Cup fixture between the 2 sides.

Bournemouth Likely Line-Up;

Boruc;

A.Smith, S.Cook, Mings, B.Smith;

Ibe, Gosling, L.Cook, Pugh;

Afobe, Mousset;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Krul ;

Schelotto, Goldson, Hunemeier, Bong;

March, Hutchinson, Molumby, Izquierdo;

Murphy;

Murray;

Prediction;

Bournmouth 0-1 Brighton

AFCB v BHAFC (15/9/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to their third defeat of the season after losing 2-1 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, despite a battling performance against their south coast rivals.

Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, as Liam Rosenior replaced Bruno. Anthony Knockaert had Albion’s first opportunity of the game after he showed some neat skill to cut in from the right-hand side, but saw his subsequent strike go wide of Asmir Begovic’s near post. Bournemouth had a chance to break the deadlock when Joshua King capitalised on a sloppy clearance, but Lewis Dunk was on hand to make a fine defensive block. Marc Pugh then cut inside the Albion defence, but his left-footed strike drifted harmlessly over the bar. Davy Propper surged forward and showed some brilliant skill on the edge of the box, but his delicate chip just went over the bar. Then Jermaine Defoe showed his quality and after getting a brief sight of goal on the edge of the area, his low driven shot sailed inches wide of Mathew Ryan’s left-hand post. Albion had two chances in quick succession to score just after the re-start, as Andrew Surman cleared Shane Duffy’s header off the line, before doing the same with Propper’s shot. Duffy continued to be a threat to the Cherries defence, and his header from another set-piece was glanced on by Dale Stephens and hit the underside of the bar. But the goal which Albion deserved for their attacking endeavour came courtesy of Solly March, after some brilliant play from Knockaert and Pascal Gross. Knockaert set up the German down the right, and his pin-point cross was nodded home by the winger with 55 minutes on the clock. The lead didn’t last long though and it was Surman who brought the Cherries level after he latched onto Jordan Ibe’s back-heel before coolly slotting the ball past Ryan from close range. Ibe could have given the Cherries with lead when he took aim from inside the box, but Dunk made another superb block to deny the former Liverpool man. It was Bournemouth that struck next though, and it was Defoe who showed why he’s part of the Premier League 100 Club with a clinical driven finish beyond Ryan from Ibe’s through ball. Hughton freshened up his attacking ranks with the introduction of Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo, and the latter went through on goal, only to be thwarted by Begovic. Liam Rosenior tried to bring Albion back on level terms with a strike from the edge of the box, but it sailed harmlessly over the target. Albion head back to the Dorset coast next Tuesday night, when the two clubs do battle again in the Carabao Cup, before turning their attentions back to the league on Sunday week for the visit of Newcastle United to the Amex.

AFCB [2]-[1] BHAFC; Surman (67), Defoe (73); March (55);

Att; 10,369 (1,325 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March