MUFC v BHAFC (17/3/18) | F.A Cup Quarter Final Match Preview

Brighton travel to Manchester in the quarter final of the F.A Cup, with both teams just 1 match away from Wembley.

Manchester United Team News;

Man Utd have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Daley Blind all sidelined, but are hopeful Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial will all be available.

Last Time Out; MUFC 1-2 SFC

Man Utd went crashing out of the Champions League after a home defeat to Sevilla. Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in 4 minutes before Romelu Lukaku scored to make it a nervy finish, but the Spanish side held on.

Top Scorer; Lukaku (23)

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

FACT; United have been eliminated for 3 of their past 4 F.A Cup quarter final ties.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be Steve Sidwell and Anthony Knockaert for the trip to Old Trafford, with injury and suspension respectively; while Gaetan Bing and Dale Stephens are touch and go for the game.

Last Time Out; EFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton fell to a 1st PL defeat in 6 after a Bong own goal and Cenk Tosun goal was enough to secure 3 points. Knock aren’t received a straight red for a challenge on Leighton Baines, while Wayne Rooney missed a late penalty.

Top Scorer; Murray (13)

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

FACT; This is Brighton’s 3rd F.A Cup quarter final, and their first since 1985-86. Their first was during their run to the final back in 1982-83.

Earlier In The Season: MUFC [1]-[0] BHAFC (25/11/17);

Brighton were unlucky not to come away with at least a point in the league meeting earlier in the season. A Lewis Dunk own goal help United steal the points, when they had a rather bad day at the office.


Brighton have won just once against United, wile the Red Devils have won 11 times during 17 meetings.

Man Utd Likely Line-Up;

De Gea;

Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young;

Matic, McTominay;

Sanchez, Lingard, Rashford;


Brighton Likely Line-Up;


Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

March, Propper, Kayal, Izquierdo;

Ulloa, Locadia;


Man Utd 1-1 Brighton; Brighton win on penalties.


EFC v BHAFC (10/3/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against Everton on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park. A deflected own-goal after Theo Walcott’s effort skewed off Gaetan Bong gave the home side the lead, before Cenk Tosun doubled the hosts’ advantage, with both goals coming in the second half. Mathew Ryan did well to thwart Wayne Rooney from the penalty spot with a few minutes of normal time remaining, but it proved to be no more than a consolation as the side’s seven-game unbeaten run came to an end. Chris Hughton made one change to the side that defeated Arsenal at the Amex Stadium the weekend before, with Beram Kayal coming into the team in place of Dale Stephens in the centre of midfield – the latter missing the game on Merseyside due to a knock picked up during the week.

It was the home side who began in the ascendancy, with Seamus Coleman finding space down the right-hand side of the area and firing across goal and wide of Ryan’s right-hand post. Gylfi Sigurdsson then delivered a corner from the right, and Phil Jagielka rose highest in the centre – but his header was straight at Ryan before Yannick Bolasie curled over the crossbar. A rare Albion break forward saw Jose Izquierdo as the outlet – and the Colombian raced away from both Coleman and Rooney, but his ball looking for Glenn Murray in-behind was intercepted by Jagielka. The Seagulls looked for an opener themselves for the first time of the afternoon after Anthony Knockaert found the in-form Murray in space, and as the striker turned and fired fiercely towards goal, his effort stung the palms of Jordan Pickford – who parried the shot up into the air before gathering at the second attempt. Another Everton corner from Sigurdsson ended back with the Icelandic midfielder on the right, and when his dangerous cross was half-cleared by the visiting defence, Bolasie hooked his volley over the bar. Pascal Gross got to the byline and stood the ball up in the middle five minutes before the break, but the ball was just over the head of Murray, before Izquierdo and Bong failed to capitalise on some space at the far post. Albion’s last attack of the half saw Lewis Dunk’s cross from the right glanced goalwards by Murray once more but Pickford claimed it comfortably as the sides went in level at the break.  Dunk delivered a crucial and superbly timed challenge on Tom Davies as the home midfielder entered the area in the opening moments of the second half, and Gross dragged a shot wide at the other end as Albion began the half in better fashion than the first. Shane Duffy did well to block Rooney’s effort from the edge of the area, and the ball flew slightly fortuitously over the bar after the Irishman had thrown himself in-front of the shot in trademark fashion. Everton then took the lead on the hour mark, when Bolasie crossed from the left and Walcott escaped the attentions of Bong to put the defender under pressure and the full-back’s touch found the back of the net. Ryan then did superbly to get fingertips to Walcott’s cutback as the hosts looked to turn the screw in the contest, before Jurgen Locadia replaced Kayal with just over 20 minutes left to play. The Dutchman was straight into the action as he collected a cross from Gross at the far post and smashed an effort at goal, but his strike deflected behind for a corner kick. Knockaert curled high over the bar shortly after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had replaced the injured Walcott for the hosts, before Tosun would double the home side’s advantage soon after. The striker collected possession off Baines as the winger cut inside and found him inside the area, and he fired a shot in off the crossbar to strengthen the home side’s lead. Leonardo Ulloa then replaced Murray and Mason Colgate entered the action for Bolasie immediately after the goal, before the visitors were reduced to ten men. Knockaert went in on Baines and the Frenchman was dismissed by referee Roger East to effectively end the game as a contest with just under ten minutes left to play. Markus Suttner replaced Bong as the latter had to withdraw through injury, and Davies was replaced by Davy Klaassen as the home side made their final change of the afternoon. Rooney had the chance to add a third from the penalty spot for the hosts after Duffy had brought down Calvert-Lewin, but Ryan dived to his right to strongly palm the ball away and wide. Gross and Propper both drew stops from Pickford at the other end as the game entered added time, before East brought the game to a close as Albion dropped one place to 11th – sitting seven points clear of the relegation zone.

 Everton Subs;  Brighton Subs;
 Calvert-Lewin —> Walcott (73) Locadia —> Kayal (69)
Holgate —> Bolasie (78) Ulloa —> Murray (77)
Klassen —> Davies (84) Suttner —> Bong (82)

EFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Bong (60og), Tosun (76); Knockaert (80 Red Card)

Att; 39,199 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Ryan

EFC v BHAFC (10/3/18) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Merseyside on the back of 5 PL games unbeaten, 7 in all competitions, to face an Everton side who have won only twice in their last 11 games.

Everton Team News;

Everton will be without injured Eliaquim Mangala and suspended Ashley Williams, but are boosted by the returns of Phil Jagielka, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leighton Baines.

Last Time Out; BFC 2-1 EFC

Everton threw away a goal lead away at Burnley to lose 2-1; after record signing Cenk Tosun put the Toffees in front, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood scored 2nd half goals to take all 3 points.

Top Scorer; Wayne Rooney (11)

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

FACT; After picking up 10 points from a possible 12 in Sam Allerdyce’s first 4 games in charge, Everton have only recorded 9 points from the last 33 available.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton’s Ezequiel Schelotto is declared fit after suffering from concussion on Sunday, while Steve Sidwell remains out.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 2-1 AFC

Brighton recorded their first-ever PL win against a big 6 club with a win against Arsenal. Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray scored before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got Arsenal’s goal on the stroke of half-time.

Top Scorer; Murray (13)

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

FACT; Murray has 7 goals this calendar year, only Mohamed Salah (8) and Sergio Aguero (9) have more. While Pascal Gross is 5th in the assist charts, only behind Paul Pogba and Manchester City trio Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva.

Earlier In The Season: BHAFC [1]-[1] EFC (13/10/17);

Brighton were held to a 1-1 draw at home; Anthony Knockaert put the Seagulls in front, before a late Rooney penalty saw Everton leave with a point.


Brighton have won 2 of the 12 meeting between the sides, while Everton have won 5. In the previous 7 games, both teams have scored at least once.

Everton Likely Line-Up;


Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Martina;

Davies, Gueye, Sigurdsson;

Walcott, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;


Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo;




Everton 1-1 Brighton

BHAFC v AFC (4/3/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion climbed to tenth in the Premier League table after a superb 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium. First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray were enough for the Seagulls to claim their third successive home win in the top flight and move the Seagulls into the top half of the table. It was also the Albion’s first win over the Gunners since 1982. Chris Hughton named the same side that defeated Swansea City 4-1 eight days ago while Arsene Wenger made three changes to the Arsenal team that fell to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday, with Jack Wilshere, Callum Chambers and Alex Iwobi all recalled.

Mesut Ozil curled over from the right-hand side of the area with four minutes on the clock as he fashioned the game’s first chance before Albion responded. Ezequiel Schelotto got to the byline and won Albion their first corner of the game but Shkodran Mustafi hooked the defender’s cross behind. Albion took the lead from the resulting set-piece, as Dunk notched his first goal of the campaign. Pascal Gross delivered the corner from the left-hand side, Shane Duffy beat goalkeeper Petr Cech to the ball and headed back across goal, leaving Dunk on hand to volley his knockdown into the net and hand the hosts an early advantage. The Seagulls were visibly lifted and they countered well again soon after as Gross drew Cech into a smart stop down to his right-hand side, before Jose Izquierdo cut inside and saw a fierce drive deflected over – Dunk heading the subsequent set-piece over the bar after he found space inside the visiting area once more. Anthony Knockaert forced Iwobi into surrendering possession before the Frenchman exchanged passes with the ever-influential Gross – but Cech blocked the winger’s shot from close range and Duffy headed another corner over the bar after 23 minutes. But Albion would soon have the two-goal lead their fantastic first-half showing deserved with 26 minutes on the clock – as Murray scored his fifth goal in as many Premier League matches. Gross was once again the architect when his pinpoint cross found the in-form striker who made no mistake, heading past Cech and into the net. Maty Ryan was alert to parry Henrik Mkhitaryan’s powerful cross behind at his near post in a rare foray forward from the visitors, before Wilshere scythed down Knockaert as Albion looked to counter and he went into referee Stuart Attwell’s notebook. Arsenal got back into the game two minutes before the break when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned home Granit Xhaka’s low ball into the area, before Laurent Koscielny headed against the post just before the break as the Gunners finished the half strongly. The second half began cagily with the first meaningful action coming when Xhaka’s foul on Gaetan Bong earned the Swiss midfielder a yellow card on 54 minutes. Cech had to be on his toes to turn Schelotto’s cross over from the right, and Knockaert then volleyed over from the corner as Albion fashioned their first chance of the half. Ryan parried Ozil’s shot away from danger as the visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure before the hour mark, but Hughton’s men withstood a succession of crosses and stood firm in their final third. Sead Kolasinac’s heavy challenge on Schelotto drew a stoppage in play as the Arsenal defender crashed into the Seagulls’ full-back. Despite already being on a yellow card, the defender escaped a caution but the Albion right-back fared much worse and was forced to leave the field of play after lengthy treatment, to be replaced by Bruno. Izquierdo got the home fans on their feet when he fizzed an effort narrowly wide of Cech’s right-hand post, then Knockaert was replaced by Solly March in the hosts’ second change as the game entered its final ten minutes. Murray had the ball in the back of the net on 83 minutes after a free-flowing move from the Seagulls – but the flag was up for offside, and Beram Kayal then came on in place of Gross with five minutes left on the clock. Albion had to negotiate seven minutes of stoppage time but did so intelligently, getting men behind the ball when Arsenal threatened and restricting them to one sight of goal – a shot by substitute Eddie Nketiah which Ryan saved. By then most of the 30,620 crowd were on their feet willing the final whistle to blow, which was greeted with a massive roar. It was Albion’s first win over a top-six side this season and will give them a massive boost in confidence for the remaining games.

Brighton Subs; Arsenal Subs;
Bruno —> Schelotto (69) Welbeck —> Iwobi (74)
March —> Knockaert (77) Nketiah —> Mkhitaryan (83)
Kayal —> Gross (87) Bellerin —> Chambers (83)

BHAFC [2]-[1] AFC; Dunk (7), Murray (26); Aubameyang (43);

Att; 30,620 (2,991 Arsenal)

Albion MOTM; Dunk

BHAFC v AFC (4/3/18) | Match Preview

Brighton host an out of form Arsenal team, looking to win their first game against the big 6 clubs this season.

Arsenal Team News;

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere, Nacho Monreal and Alexandre Lacazette, with Arsene Wenger looking at changes prior to their Europa League tie against AC Milan.

Last Time Out; AFC 0-3 MCFC

Arsenal suffered back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the space of 4 days. Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane with the goals.

Top Scorer; Lacazette (9)

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

FACT; The Gunners have gone 10 matches without a clean sheet, their longest run in the PL for 16 years.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be without Steve Sidwell for the match against The Gunners; Jiri Skalak has recovered from injury.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 4-1 SCFC

Brighton recorded their biggest PL victory with a fine win against Swansea. Glenn Murray scored a brace, with Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia also on the scoresheet. Lewis Dunk’s own goal gave Swansea their solitary goal.

Top Scorer; Murray (12)

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

FACT; Brighton could match their record of 3 consecutive top flight home wins, last done back in 1982.

Earlier In The Season: AFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (1/10/17);

Brighton were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates, thanks to goals from Monreal and Alex Iwobi.


Brighton have won 2 of the 16 meetings between the sides, with Arsenal winning 12 times. Arsenal have won the previous 5 meetings, and their recent trip to the AMEX in 2015 resulted in a 3-2 win in the F.A Cup, their 2nd such result after beating Brighton by the same score line 2 years earlier.

Arsenal Likely Line-Up;


Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny;

Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac;

Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Ozil

Brighton Likely Line-Up;


Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo;




Brighton 1-1 Arsenal

BHAFC v SCFC (24/2/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion ran out 4-1 winners against Swansea City in Saturday’s Premier League game at the Amex Stadium. A brace from Glenn Murray, who put Albion in front with a first-half penalty before adding a second after the break, was added to by goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia as Albion recorded a record-breaking top-flight win. Murray now has 10 goals in the top-flight campaign and 12 overall and his double helped seal back-to-back home victories in the Premier League for the second time this season. Chris Hughton made one change to the side that drew 1-1 away to Stoke City in the Seagulls’ previous Premier League encounter with Anthony Knockaert replacng Solly March on the right-hand side.For the visitors, Carlos Carvahal named the same side that defeated Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts after seven minutes when a good counter attack led by Knockaert saw the Frenchman find Jose Izquierdo on the edge of the area. Izquierdo returned the ball to Knockaert, who got to the line and fired across goal, finding Pascal Gross who saw his shot blocked. The Seagulls went close again from the resulting corner, as Gross’s clever ball to the back-post was only half-cleared to Izquierdo on the edge of the area, but the Colombian fired over the bar. Albion continued to look dangerous on the counter attack and Knockaert combined with Ezequiel Schelotto to begin another move forard which ended in Davy Propper shooting wide after 14 minutes. Hughton’s men would be rewarded for their positive after 18 minutes when Murray notched his ninth goal of the Premier League campaign. The forward got into the area and was brought down by Mike van der Hoorn. Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot and Murray stepped up to slot his spot-kick down the middle of the goal and past Lukasz Fabianski to give the Seagulls the advantage. Maty Ryan had to be alert to claim a deflected van der Hoorn effort just before the half-hour mark when the Dutchman’s shot spun off Shane Duffy and towards goal, before Andre Ayew replaced Nathan Dyer for the visitors ten minutes before the interval. Gross delivered another trademark set-piece two minutes before the break that Shane Duffy crashed against the bar with a powerful header and in a frantic end to the first period Jordan Ayew struck the foot of Ryan’s right-hand post. Luciano Narsingh replaced van der Hoorn at the interval as Carvahal made a second switch for the visitors and Gross forced Fabianski into a routine stop three minutes after the restart with the first chance of the second half. Ki Sung-yueng forced Ryan into a superb stop soon after as the Australian dived full-strength to his right to keep out the midfielder’s drive from the edge of the box. Albion had the ball in the net again on the hour when Murray converted Knockaert’s centre from the right-hand side – but the goal was ruled out as the forward strayed marginally offside as he put the ball in the net. Murray was then inches away from turning Izquierdo’s cross into the back of the net after the Colombian broke free down the left after a neat exchange between the pair and Gross and produced a dangerous cross. The trio combined then combined again superbly to allow Murray to swivel and fire just wide, before Tammy Abraham entered the action with 25 minutes left to play as Tom Carroll made way for Swansea. Murray gave the Seagulls a two-goal advantage with 20 minutes left to play. The trio of Izquierdo, Gross and the striker linked up yet again and this time the former laid the ball on a plate for Murray to calmly slot the ball low into the net. Two would soon become three when Knockaert got himself on the scoresheet for the third time this season. Gross found space between Swansea’s defensive lines and fed the winger, who sped into the area and stylishly poked the ball past Fabianski with his left foot. Solly March replaced the goalscorer moments later and Murray was given a standing ovation when Locadia took to the field for his Premier League debut inside the final 10 minutes. Abraham though he had got on the scoresheet late on when his effort deflected off the leg of Lewis Dunk to make it 3-1, but the goal was eventually given to the Albion defender; his 4th own goal this season. Albion responded by restoring their three-goal cushion in the last minute. Izquierdo raced away down the left again and cut the ball all the way across the area for Dale Stephens and his square ball was tapped home by Locadia from a few yards out. Beram Kayal replaced Gross in the closing stages before the home fans were able to acclaim an outstanding display by their side at the final whistle.

Brighton Subs; Swansea Subs;
March —> Knockaert (78) A.Ayew —> Dyer (36)
Locadia —> Murray (82) Narsingh —> van der Hoorn (46)
Kayal —> Gross (90) Abraham —> Carroll (66)

BHAFC [4]-[1] SCFC; Murray (18pen), (69), Knockaert (73), Locadia (90); Dunk (85og);

Att; 30,523 (1,850 Swansea)

Albion MOTM; Murray

BHAFC v SCFC (24/2/18) | Match Preview

Brighton host Swansea City on Saturday at The AMEX, with both teams looking for 3 points to ease their relegation worries.

Swansea Team News;

Swansea will have Alfie Masson available, after a injury scare last week in the warm-up for their F.A Cup tie. Leon Britton and Renato Sanches are both out however.

Last Time Out; SWFC 0-0 SCFC

Swansea were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday in the F.A Cup.

Top Scorer; Jordan Ayew (8)

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

FACT; The Swans have drawn 5 consecutive away games in all competitions.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton’s only absentee’s are Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak. Jurgen Locadia looks set to make his league debut, after scoring on his debut last week in the F.A Cup.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 3-1 CCFC

Brighton won comfortably against Coventry in the F.A Cup. Locadia, Connor Goldson and Leo Ulloa were on target for the Seagulls before Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a consolation goal.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (10)

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

FACT; Have lost just 3 times at home this season (Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea).

Earlier In The Season: SCFC [0]-[1] BHAFC (4/11/17);

Brighton claimed victory in South Wales with a Murray strike in the first half.


Brighton have won 15 of the 63 meetings between the 2 sides, while Swansea have won 26 times. Swansea have won 3 of the last 4 games and have kept 4 clean sheets in the last 6 meetings.

SwanseaLikely Line-Up;


Naughton, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson;

Ki, Carroll, Clucas;

Dyer, Abraham, J.Ayew;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;


Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

March, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo;

Gross, Locadia;


Brighton 1-0 Swansea

BHAFC v CCFC (17/2/18) | F.A Cup 5th Round Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion claimed their place in the Emirates FA Cup sixth round for the first time in 32 years following a comfortable 3-1 victory over Coventry City at the Amex. A goal from Jurgen Locadia on his Albion debut, along with headers from Connor Goldson and Leonardo Ulloa, gave the Seagulls a 3-0 lead before Jonson Clarke-Harris struck late on for Coventry. Chris Hughton made nine changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Stoke City in the Premier League last week, with only Dale Stephens and Solly March retaining their places in the starting line-up.

March created Albion’s first opening when his cross from the left-hand side was spilled by Coventry keeper Lee Burge inside the box, before Ryan Haynes made a clearance. Locadia made an instant impression on the bumper Amex crowd when his shot cannoned back off the woodwork, after Coventry failed to deal with a corner into the box. Uwe Huenemeier then met an in-swinging Markus Suttner ball into the box, only to see his rising header go over the bar. The Sky Blues also hit the woodwork in a lively opening to the game, through Clarke-Harris, whose header from Marc McNulty’s corner clipped the crossbar. Albion broke the deadlock in the 15th minute thanks to Locadia, who coolly swept home Anthony Knockaert’s cross from the right-hand side – making a perfect start to his Brighton career. Locadia could have doubled his tally when March delivered a ball from the left, but the Dutchman lost his footing just as he was about to shoot. Suttner then turned provider for the frontman, but he couldn’t quite make a decent enough connection to divert his attempt goalwards. Albion did get a second goal though from a more unexpected source, as Goldson back-peddled inside the box to meet Suttner’s corner before sending a brilliant header beyond Burge with 34 minutes played. City attempted to gain a foothold in the contest when Josh Barrett was allowed to turn on the edge of the area, only to see his strike go narrowly past the left-hand post. Locadia was involved in the thick of the action again when he turned provider for Knockaert, who shot over the target from the edge of the area. Hughton made two changes at the break, with Tim Krul and Stephens replaced by Niki Maenpaa and Davy Propper. The Sky Blues had a chance to test Maenpaa with a set-piece from the right flank, but the Finn comfortably collected Jordan Shipley’s set-piece. The game was then effectively ended as a contest just past the hour-mark when Ulloa connected perfectly with Bruno’s in-swinging cross to steer his header past Burge. Coventry were not deterred by the setback though and almost made it 3-1 when Clarke-Harris’s deft flick from a Tom Bayliss cross fell inches wide of the far post. Clarke-Harris did get his name on the scoresheet though, and clinically fired home a loose ball from inside the box with 13 minutes remaining. But Albion were still in cruise control and Bruno delivered another enticing cross from the right, which Knockaert narrowly failed to connect with at the far post. Sam Baldock came on from the bench late on, and almost added his name to the scoresheet in the closing stages, but his shot hit the bar from a March cross.

Brighton Subs; Coventry Subs;
Propper —> Stephens (46) McDonald —> Grimmer (57)
Maenpaa —> Krul (46) Ponticelli —> McNulty (74)
Baldock —> Locadia (77) Biamou —> Barrett (79)

BHAFC [3]-[1] CCFC; Locadia (15), Goldson (34), Ulloa (61); Clarke-Harris (77)

Att; 26,966 (4,335 Coventry)

Albion MOTM; Kayal

BHAFC v CCFC (17/2/18) F.A Cup 5th Round Match Preview

Brighton are back in action in the 5th Round of the F.A Cup, where they face Coventry City at the AMEX Stadium.

Coventry Team News;

Coventry will be without Jack Grimmer and Michael Doyle through injury, while duo Kyel Reid is cup-tied and Jordan Maguire-Drew is ineligible against his parent club.

Last Time Out; CUFC 2-1 CCFC

Coventry lost their 3rd straight league game after a 2-1 loss at Colchester. Junior Ogedi-Uzokew’s penalty gave the home side the lead, before Tom Bayliss equalised for the Sky Blues. Mikael Mandron late strike snatched all 3 points for Colchester.

Top Scorer; Marc McNulty (14)

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

FACT; Coventry have won 2 of their 3 meetings in the F.A Cup with Brighton.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have only Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak on the injury list, while Jurgen Locadia will be getting his first start for the Seagulls.

Last Time Out; SCFC 1-1 BHAFC

Brighton were held to a 2nd consecutive away draw by Stoke; Jose Izquierdo put the Seagulls in front before Xherdan Shaqiri equalised. Charlie Adam missed a 90th minute penalty to win the game for the Potters.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (10)

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

FACT; Brighton have lost just 2 of their last 15 home F.A Cup games; both defeats coming against Arsenal.

Last Time We Met: CCFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (31/12/11);

Brighton were defeated 2-0 away at Coventry; goals from Gary McSheffery and Lukas Jutkiewicz saw off the Seagulls


Brighton have won 27 of the 69 of the game played between the 2 sides, with Coventry winning 19. Brighton have won only once in the last 9 meetings, losing 4 times. The last meeting in the F.A Cup ended up with a Coventry in back in 2006.

Coventry Likely Line-Up;


Willis, McDonald, Hyam, Stokes;

Vicenti, Kelly, Doyle, Shipley;

Biamou, McNulty;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;


Bruno, Goldson, Hunemeier, Suttner;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, March;

Ulloa, Locadia;


Brighton 2-0 Coventry

SCFC v BHAFC (10/2/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon at the bet365 Stadium, with Mathew Ryan saving a 90th-minute penalty to keep the scores level. A sublime first-half goal from Jose Izquierdo, which was a brilliant team move, handed the Seagulls an early advantage before Xherdan Shaqiri curled the hosts level in the second period. Ryan was the hero for Albion in the dying stages – as late drama unfolded in front of the club’s away following – saving brilliantly from Charlie Adam’s spot-kick, before Anthony Knockaert headed off the line moments before the full-time whistle. Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat West Ham United 3-1 seven days earlier at the Amex Stadium – Solly March replaced Anthony Knockaert on Albion’s right-hand side, while club-record signing Jurgen Locadia came into the fold in place of Sam Baldock on the Seagulls’ bench.

Albion began on the front foot and drew home keeper Jack Butland into a great save within the opening two minutes of the contest. Davy Propper was alive to the ball in the centre of the field and his clever first-time pass found Jose Izquierdo free on the far side of the area. The Colombian midfielder cut inside sharply and curled an effort towards goal which Butland did well to tip behind for a corner. The opening quarter of the half was evenly contested on the whole, with Albion looking to play on the counter-attack and looking threatening through the combination of Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray, as the pair linked up with players in the wide areas of the pitch. Albion had another good opportunity 17 minutes in when Murray latched onto Shane Duffy’s intelligent knock-down from Propper’s long free-kick from the halfway line – but despite beating the home keeper to the ball, he could only prod his effort over the crossbar. Dale Stephens set Izquierdo away down the left flank with a superb pass approaching the half-hour mark, but as the winger cut inside once more, he could only fire a dipping effort over the bar as the visitors continued to threaten on the counter. But four minutes later Hughton’s side took a deserved lead – and it came courtesy of the game’s most influential player. Izquierdo picked up possession on the left-hand side and played the ball into the feet of March who fired it back into the Colombian. The wide man then exchanged passes with Stephens before dropping his shoulder and coolly slotting into the bottom corner of the net to hand the Seagulls a well-earned lead. A superb ball by March across the field then found Gross, and the midfielder twisted and turned superbly before firing across goal looking for Murray at the back post – but the ball was scrambled away by the home defence as the Seagulls went into the break ahead. Stoke made a change at the break with Saido Berahino replacing Darren Fletcher, and the home side began the second period quickly – loading a succession of crosses into the Albion penalty area that the visiting backline did well to deal with. Albion had to wait a little longer into the second period for their first good opportunity – and it came via the head of Propper. Stephens was once again the architect – this time with a superb sweeping ball to find the run of Izquierdo on the left. The winger’s cross was cleared, but only as far as Gross who delivered a superb ball to find the Dutch midfielder who headed over the bar from the middle of the area. Jese then became the hosts’ second change when he replaced Maxim Choupo-Moting, while Albion’s constant threat on the counter-attack remained – particularly in the wide areas. But against the run of play the hosts were level with just over 20 minutes left to play. Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri – who had looked the biggest threat to Albion’s defence, picked up possession on the edge of the area and curled his shot past Ryan in the away goal to level the scores. Leonardo Ulloa then came on to replace Murray with 20 minutes left on the clock before Propper volleyed at Butland as the game began to open up in the later stages. Beram Kayal was introduced for the influential Gross in Albion’s second substitution, and the hosts made their final switch as Charlie Adam replaced Badou N’Diaye. The electric Izquierdo then stung the palms of Butland once more after unleashing a right-footed effort, and Anthony Knockaert then became Albion’s final substitute when he replaced the impressive March with five minutes left to play. But there was to be plenty of late drama when Stephens was adjudged to have fouled Jese inside the area – it looked soft but Robert Madley pointed to the spot. Adam stepped up with a golden chance to win the contest for the hosts, but Ryan superbly palmed away the penalty. Lewis Dunk then did equally as well to deny the Scottish midfielder on the rebound as his sliding challenge did enough to prod the ball behind for a corner. The resulting set-piece saw Kurt Zouma’s flicked header at the near post look to be heading in, but Knockaert was on-hand to head the ball off the line before the referee brought a breathless last few moments to a close – and the spoils were shared.

 Stoke Subs; Brighton Subs; 
 Berahino —> Fletcher (46)  Ulloa —> Murray (71)
 Jese —> Choupa-Moting (62)  Kayal —> Gross (79)
 Adam —> Ndiaye (79)  Knockaert —> March (86)

SCFC [1]-[1] BHAFC; Shaqiri (68); Izquierdo (32);

Att; 29,876 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Ryan