CFC v BHAFC (26/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day in West London. A quick-fire second half double from Alvaro Morata and Marcus Alonso was enough for the hosts to claim the three points from a game in which Chris Hughton’s men more then held their own for long spells. Chris Hughton made four changes for the visit to West London. Shane Duffy came back into central defence to partner Lewis Dunk – captain for the afternoon, as Connor Goldson dropped to the bench. Ezequiel Schelotto replaced Bruno at full-back, Jose Izquierdo came into the side for Anthony Knockaert and Beram Kayal made his second Premier League start of the season as the match-winner against Watford – Pascal Gross, dropped to the bench.

The first chance of the game went to the hosts as Hazard shot wide of Maty Ryan’s left-hand post, but the keeper had his angles well covered. Albion began by sitting deep and looking to release the duo of March and Izquierdo out wide and after 13 minutes the Seagulls fashioned an opportunity. Schelotto and March exchanged well down on the right-hand side, and the defender’s low cross was deflected and hacked away by Gary Cahill. Dale Stephens then played a super ball out to Markus Suttner on the left, and the Austrian’s great cross found Tomer Hemed in the middle. The striker’s header was crowded out before Davy Propper’s volley was blocked after more good work by Schelotto and March. The best chance of the game then went the way of the hosts shortly before the 20 minute mark when Antonio Rudiger headed Marcus Alonso’s cross back across goal and Tiemoue Bakayoko poked wide from close range. Ryan then saved well from Victor Moses at close range after the wide man had latched onto Cesc Fabregas’ cross-field pass before the Australian was quick off his line to claim a dangerous cross into the area from the left-hand side. The central midfield for the Seagulls continued to work hard as a collective, with both Stephens and Kayal looking strong in the tackle, and composed in possession at the same time. Ryan then held Fabregas’ shot from distance comfortably as the rain began to fall, and Bakayoko’s cynical foul on Schelotto as Albion looked to break was the last action of the half with the score goalless at the break. But just a minute after the restart Chelsea took the lead through Alvaro Morata when Azpilicueta crossed for his fellow Spaniard to head home at the front post past Ryan and into the bottom corner. Hazard then shot wide after an exchange with Bakayoko on the edge of the area and Kayal was brought down at the other end to see Suttner’s free-kick blocked – the defender’s cross back into the area was then volleyed at goal by Propper, but Courtois claimed. Stephens then picked up the game’s first yellow card for a trip on Morata, and Alonso bent a free-kick up and over the visiting wall – Ryan made a strong save to tip it away before he pushed over Alonso’s header from close range at the following set-piece. But the Spanish defender soon got his name on the scoresheet on the hour mark as he headed into the far bottom corner, meeting Fabregas’ corner at the front post to double the hosts’ advantage. March’s whipped cross was bundled away by Cahill at the front post with Hemed in close attendance, before Dunk made a fantastic clearance off the line at the other end after Hazard had beaten two men on the edge of the area and got a shot away. Kayal and Propper then combined to allow the former to fire over from the edge of the area, and the midfielder was then replaced by Pascal Gross as Albion made their first change of the afternoon. Chelsea introduced Willian for Hazard before Glenn Murray replaced Hemed and March was withdrawn for Anthony Knockaert and Morata left the field for Michy Batshuayi as both sides continued to make changes as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Danny Drinkwater then replaced N’Golo Kante before Knockaert flashed a dangerous ball across the front post but just beyond the reach of the on-rushing duo of Gross and Murray in the centre. Duffy headed a free-kick narrowly wide of the upright as the game entered three minutes of injury time and Izquierdo also fired over, but that was the last of the action for the afternoon with a trip to Newcastle United up next for the Seagulls on Saturday.

 Chelsea Subs; Brighton Subs; 
 Willian —> Hazard (73) Gross —> Kayal (73)
 Batshuayi —> Morata (82) Murray —> Hemed (80)
 Drinkwater —> Kante (85) Knockaert —> March (82)

CFC [2]-[0BHAFC; Morata (46), Alonso (60);

Att; 41,568 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Kayal

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CFC v BHAFC (26/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to West London to face last years PL Champions Chelsea, on the back of their first win in 8 games.

Chelsea Team News;

Alvaro Morata is back after suspension, while David Luiz and Charley Musonda are out injured.

Last Time Out; EFC 0-0 CFC

Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park by Everton.

Top Scorer; Morata (9)

Form; D, L, W, W, W, D

FACT; The Blues are unbeaten in their last 12 Boxing Day PL fixtures (W7, D5).

Brighton Team News;

Brighton are free to select Shane Duffy again after his ban, while Izzy Borwn and Steve Sidwell will miss out due to ineligibility and injury respectively.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 1-0 WFC

Brighton secured a vital 3 points with a home win over Watford; Pascal Gross the man on target for the Seagulls.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

Form; D, L, L, L, D, W

FACT; The Seagulls are on a 8 game winless run on Boxing Day (D3, L5).

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[1] CFC (15/3/89);

Brighton lost the last fixture between these 2 over 28 years ago; Kevin Wilson the scorer that day.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won just once in 8 games against the Blues, while Chelsea have won the last 6 meetings. Brighton have played at Stamford Bridge 3 times, and have never scored there (4-0, 2-0, 1-0).

Chelsea Likely Line-Up;

Courtois;

Azpilicueta, Christiansen, Cahill;

Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso;

Pedro, Morata, Hazard;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Propper, Kayal, Stephens;

Knockaert, Murray, Izquierdo;

Prediction;

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

BHAFC v WFC (23/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded a vital 1-0 home win over Watford on Saturday afternoon at the Amex Stadium. A second-half strike from Pascal Gross on 64 minutes – his fourth goal of the campaign – was the difference in a game that the hosts dominated on the south coast. Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Burnley seven days earlier at the Amex. Gaeten Bong, Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy dropped out of the side – the latter through suspension. Connor Goldson made his first Premier League start of the season, and Markus Suttner and Tomer Hemed also came into the starting 11.

The first chance of the game came four minutes into the contest, when Davy Propper found Hemed in behind, and after the striker took it round Christian Kabasele, his dragged effort went across the goalmouth and almost found Anthony Knockaert at the far post. The Frenchman weaved his way to the byline in the immediate aftermath of the chance, but his cutback couldn’t find a blue-and-white shirt as the visitors hacked the ball clear. The hosts continued to press as Gross shot over the bar, before Bruno got all the way into the area and Propper volleyed over on the bounce after the Spaniard’s cross into the area. Solly March then delivered a great cross that was just out of reach of Hemed in the middle, and Roberto Pereyra volleyed wide from Cleverley’s corner as Watford fashioned their first chance of the afternoon. The Seagulls went even closer to going ahead on the half-hour mark, as Dale Stephens swung in a fantastic corner from the left-hand side that was met by the head of Goldson at the far post. The defender headed the ball down towards goal but Heurelho Gomes palmed away the centre-back’s effort and the scores remained level. Knockaert then countered well and cut inside before firing straight at Gomes, before there was a late talking point in the half. Hemed found himself through on goal and felt as though he was bundled over by Kabasele – the referee waved away home protests and that was the last of a half where Albion had held much of the ascendency. Three minutes after the restart Hemed went close once more. A stylish exchange with Propper on the near touchline set the striker away, and when Knockaert squared him back the ball after a quick counter, he fired over the bar. Goldson headed Gross’ corner from the left wide and Richarlison stung the palms of Maty Ryan at the other end as the game continued with a greater openness than in the first half. But four minutes after the hour mark Albion got the breakthrough that their dominance had deserved. Stephens did well to win possession in the centre of the field and find the run of Hemed, who then laid it into the feet of Gross. The German midfielder took two touches to steady himself before cutting in onto his right foot and firing a low shot past Gomes to net his fourth of the season. The midfielder soon delivered another superb delivery from a corner, this time it was met by the head of Lewis Dunk who headed agonisingly wide as some fans thought his header was about to hit the back of the net and double the side’s advantage. Hemed turned sharply in the area and was the next to see an effort fly narrowly wide, before the visitors then made three changes inside seven minutes as the game approached it’s final stages. The goalscorer was then withdrawn for Beram Kayal, and Knockaert fired into the side netting following a pass from Hemed as the clock ticked nearer to the final whistle. The Israeli forward was substituted for Murray with four minutes remaining as the replacement made his 200th appearance for the club. Jose Izquierdo then replaced March as the fourth official indicated three minutes of added time, and Albion secured a deserved victory in their first game of four over nine days in this busy festive period with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge up next on Boxing Day.

Brighton Subs; Watford Subs;
Kayal —> Gross (82) Sinclair —> Pereyra (70)
Murray —> Hemed (86) Capoue —> Watson (73)
Izquierdo —> March (90) Okaka —> Gray (77)

BHAFC [1]-[0] WFC; Gross (64);

Att; 30,473 (3,025)

Albion MOTM; Goldson

BHAFC v WFC (23/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton host Watford in their final 2017 home game, looking to build on a much improved performance in last weekend’s goalless draw against Burnley.

Watford Team News;

Watford have a suspension and injury crisis for the trip to the South Coast; Troy Deeney, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Marvin Zeegelaar are all suspended for the game, while Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia, Stefano Osaka, Younas Kabul, Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathcart, Miguel Britos, Issas Success and Tommie Hoban are all out. There is good news for Watford though, with Tom Cleverly back from a ban.

Last Time Out; WFC 1-4 HTFC

Watford were sent to a crashing defeat at the hands of Huddersfield; Aaron Moody bagged himself a brace, with Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre getting the other 2; Doucoure hit one back when the Hornets were losing 3-0.

Top Scorer; Doucoure (6)

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

FACT; Watford have had a player sent off in each of their last 3 games – no team has received a red card in 4 successive games in PL history.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be missing Shane Duffy after he picked up his 5th yellow card last weekend, while Steve Sidwell is still sidelined.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 0-0 BFC

Brighton were held to a goalless draw at home to Burnley; Glenn Murray missed a penalty in the first half.

Top Scorer; Murray (5)

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

FACT; Brighton have scored 1 goal in the last 6 games, which was scored from the penalty spot against Liverpool; their last open-play goal was against Stoke back in November.

Earlier In The Season: WFC [0]-[0] BHAFC (26/8/17);

Brighton were held to a goalless draw at Vicarage Road; their first PL point. Miguel Britos was sent off for a late challenge on Anthony Knockaert in the first half.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 43 of the 111 games played between the 2 sides, while Watford have won 35 times. Watford are unbeaten against the Seagulls in the last 6 meetings (W3, D3).

Watford Likely Line-Up;

Gomes;

Prodl, Mariappa, Kabasele, Janmaat;

Cleverly, Capoue, Pereyra;

Carrillo, Gray, Richarlison;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Bong;

Knock alert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-0 Watford

BHAFC v BFC (16/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, in a game which they dominated for large spells. On a bitterly-cold afternoon on the south coast, Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty after Antony Knockaert had struck the post in the same period. The home side could rightly feel hard done by to have to settle for a point on an afternoon where they put in a much-improved performance after a tough few weeks. Chris Hughton made four changes for the visit of the Clarets – Pascal Gross, Glenn Murray, Solly March and Bruno all came into the side, with Jose Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto, Beram Kayal and Tomer Hemed all moving to the bench.

The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors, as Jeff Hendrick got on the end of a free-kick and hooked the ball back into the area – but Lewis Dunk’s vital header beat the lurking Chris Wood to the ball. Albion started well, pressing when they were without the ball and forcing errors from Burnley losing possession. Anthony Knockaert delivered a free-kick which led to the home side’s first chance of the game, but as Dunk volleyed towards goal, the ball came off Duffy’s back and wide.  A trio of glorious chances for the home side then followed over the course of the next ten minutes. Bruno produced a fantastic cross after Knockaert’s cut back, and as Glenn Murray rose highest to head towards goal in the middle, Nick Pope gratefully caught the effort. Tormentor in chief Knockaert then went ever so close to putting Albion ahead, when he met Pascal Gross’ cross from the left-hand side sweetly, but the ball bounced agonisingly off the upright and away from danger. The third opportunity in quick succession came when Dunk’s header from Gross’ corner was somehow cleared off the line by a combination of Phil Bardsley and Pope, as Chris Hughton’s men kept knocking at the door. An even better chance was afforded to Murray when he was fouled by Tarkowski. The visiting defender tripped the forward as he was running away from goal and referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot. But the striker stepped up to blaze his spot-kick over the crossbar and the scores remained level. Tarkowski was involved in an altercation with Murray moments later, with the defender appearing to elbow the Seagulls striker in the hip, inside of the area; however Kavanagh missed it and play went on. That was the last action of a frantic first half, and the Seagulls could rightly feel hard done by not to go into the break ahead. The second period began with an early caution for visiting full-back Taylor, before Albion were back on the front foot once more. Dunk made a great interception inside his own half and set Knockaert away on the break. The Frenchman’s cross was tipped away by Pope and narrowly away from Murray in the centre. A quieter period followed as Chris Hughton brought on Hemed for Murray with just under half an hour left to play, and Ashley Barnes then replaced Steven Defour as both managers made alterations. The striker’s first involvement was to bundle Ryan into the Albion net and pick up a yellow card, before the Seagulls stopper did brilliantly to deny Wood one-on-one, as he blocked the forward’s chipped effort after evading the offside flag. Izzy Brown then replaced Gross for Albion’s second change and Stephens went into the book for a late foul on Taylor as the game entered the final 15 minutes. Sam Vokes then replaced the influential Wood for the visitors and Jose Izquierdo entered the action for the final eight minutes for the equally impressive Knockaert. Four additional minutes were indicated, with both sides still searching an all important winning goal. March blazed over the bar with the game’s final act and the home side had to settle for a share of the spoils on a pleasing but equally frustrating afternoon on the south coast.

Brighton Subs; Burnley Subs;
Hemed —> Murray (62) Barnes —> Defour (68)
Brown —> Gross (73) Vokes —> Wood (80)
Izquierdo —> Knockaert (82)

BHAFC [0]-[0] BFC;

Att; 29,921 (1,422 Burnley)

Albion MOTM; Ryan

BHAFC v BFC (16/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton return to the AMEX Stadium after 2 tough away games; they face a high-flying Burnley side.

Burnley Team News;

Burnley could have Ben Mee and Matt Lawton back from injury, but Stephen Ward is out alongside Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Dean Marney and Tom Heaton.

Last Time Out; BFC 1-0 SCFC

Burnley scored a late goal to steal the 3 points off Stoke in mid-week; Ashley Barnes the scorer in the 89th minute.

Top Scorer; Chris Wood (5)

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

FACT; Burnley have conceded just 12 goals this season, a record only bettered by the 2 Manchester clubs.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell is the only absentee.

Last Time Out;

Brighton were beaten at Wembley by Tottenham; goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son were good enough for the home side.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

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

FACT; The Seagulls had let in 13 goals in their first 14 PL games; they have let in 9 in their last 3 matches.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[2] BFC (2/4/16);

Brighton drew 2-2 with the Clarets in a pulsating match at the AMEX. Dale Stephens opened the scoring before Andre Gray equalised; Anthony Knockaert restored the lead just before half-time. Michael Keane though he had equalised with a header late into the game but it was cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk; replays showing it had in fact crossed the line. However, moments later Keane did have a goal awarded after he headed home a corner.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 10 of the 29 meetings between the sides, while Burnley have won 9 times. The Seagulls are unbeaten in the last 6 meetings, with the last 3 ending in draws. Brighton have scored in all but 1 of the previous 6 and have lost just twice in the past 10 meetings.

Burnley Likely Line-Up;

Pope;

Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor;

Cork, Defour;

Gudmundsson, Arfield, Hendrick;

Wood;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-0 Burnley

THFC v BHAFC (13/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion left Wembley Stadium empty handed, after a 2-0 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur. Despite losing their eighth game of the season, Albion could reflect on a much-improved performance from Saturday’s defeat at Huddersfield Town, as goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son  gave Spurs all three points. Chris Hughton made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as Gaetan Bong, Beram Kayal, Tomer Hemed, Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo were introduced to the starting line-up.

Tottenham had their first chance inside the opening three minutes, Son Heung-Min cut inside the Albion defence and saw his shot blocked. After some early Spurs pressure around the edge of the Albion box, the Seagulls broke forward and Jose Izquierdo acrobatically shot over the bar after Ezequiel Schelotto headed the ball back across the box. Son continued to be an early threat for Spurs and was denied by Shane Duffy’s superb tackle inside the box. Serge Aurier then had a brilliant chance to break the deadlock for the hosts, but his shot was blocked by Gaetan Bong. Christian Eriksen twice saw his attempt deflected into the air, but Mathew Ryan was on hand to deny Harry Kane twice inside the box. Son continued to be a threat for the hosts and a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at the far post from Kane’s flick-on, but the South Korean shot over from close range. The hosts stepped up the pressure in the first half, as Erik Lamela was allowed time and space outside the box, only to see his curling drive go over the target. Hughton’s men did make inroads going forward though, and Shane Duffy rose highest inside the box to header Knockaert’s corner towards goal, but Hugo Lloris made a comfortable save. Spurs’ pressure paid off with 40 minutes on the clock in rather fortuitous fashion, as Aurier beat Izquierdo on the right-hand side and saw his looping cross-shot beat Ryan at the far post. The deficit was somehow kept at 1-0 when Ryan made an incredible reflex save with his left foot from Kane’s strike, before keeping out Son’s follow-up, which was ruled out for offside. The Australian shot-stopper then made another fine save moments later to tip away Erik Lamela’s effort. Knockaert was one of Albion’s main threats on the counter-attack and he played in Hemed, on the edge of the box, but the Israeli’s left-footed strike was easily saved by Lloris. Albion were enjoying a positive spell in the match and arguably should have been on level terms when Hemed latched onto a loose ball inside the box, but could only shoot straight at Lloris. Kane came close to doubling Tottenham’s lead with a low strike, before Danny Rose’s strike deflected over the target. Kane went within the inches of doubling the scores when his free kick cannoned off the post. The North Londoners did get their second goal to secure the points with two minutes remaining, as Son’s header at the near post from Eriksen’s free-kick took a deflection off Propper before beating Ryan. The game finished 2-0 to Spurs with Albion three points above the drop zone, heading into Saturday’s clash with high-flying Burnley at the Amex.

Tottenham Subs; Brighton Subs;

THFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Aurier (40), Son (87);

Att; 46,438 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Duffy

THFC v BHAFC (13/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham, on the back of their worst run in the Premier League so far.

Tottenham Team News;

Tottenham will have Davidson Sanchez suspended for the game, while Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama are sidelined; Erik Lamela could return to the starting XI after a year out with a hip injury.

Last Time Out; THFC 5-1 SCFC

Tottenham ran riot against Stoke on Saturday; Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen, a Harry Kane brace and a Ryan Shawcross saw them storm into a 5-0 lead; before Shawcross scored in the right end of the pitch.

Top Scorer; Kane (12)

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

FACT; Harry Kane has scored 33 PL goals this calendar year; only 3 behind Alan Shearer’s record of 36 set in 1995.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell the only player out, while Anthony Knockaert is set to return to the starting XI after being dropped for the loss against Huddersfield.

Last Time Out; HTFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton lost 2-0 away at Huddersfield; a Steve Mounie double was good enough for 3 points.

Top Scorer; Glenn Murray (5)

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

FACT; Brighton have attempted the least amount of shots in the Premier League this season (135)

Last Time We Met: THFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (29/10/14);

Brighton bowed out of the League Cup thanks to Erik Lamela and Harry Kane goals at White Hart Lane.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 6 of the 24 games played against Tottenham, while Spurs have won 11. The North London side have won 5 of the last 7 meetings and have scored in every game in the last 13 matches played. Brighton’s last win was back in April 1983.

Tottenham Likely Line-Up;

Lloris;

Aurier, Vertonghen, Rose;

Lamela, Dier, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen;

Alli, Kane;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Tottenham 3-0 Brighton

HTFC v BHAFC (9/12/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon at the John Smith’s Stadium. A first-half brace from Steve Mounie had the hosts ahead at the break, and although Albion put in a better second-half performance, they left Yorkshire empty handed. Chris Hughton made two changes to the starting eleven that faced Liverpool seven days earlier – Markus Suttner replaced Gaetan Bong and Ezequiel Schelotto came into the side in place of Anthony Knockaert. There were also places on the bench for the duo of Sam Baldock and Uwe Huenemeier as Hughton rotated his squad.

The first chance of the game fell to the Seagulls, but Glenn Murray’s powerful header from Dale Stephens’ cross from the right was flagged offside – although it needed a good save from Jonas Lossl nonetheless. The hosts fashioned their first opportunity eight minutes in, as Mounie volleyed goalwards after Shane Duffy’s header had run loose – but Maty Ryan was down to his left well in the Albion goal to strongly parry the effort. With their tails up, the Terriers took the lead on 12 minutes – and it was Mounie who converted. Chris Lowe’s in-swinging corner from the right was flicked on by Christopher Schindler and the ball was bundled home by the unmarked striker at the far post. At the other end, a Pascal Gross corner was knocked down by Duffy but Stephens missed his kick as the ball ran loose. The hosts then doubled their advantage as Mounie scored again for the Terriers three minutes before the break. Ryan punched clear another Lowe corner but as the ball was swung back into the area, Mathias Zanka nodded it back across the box and Mounie had another simple finish from close range. Solly March replaced Schelotto at the break and the substitute was involved straight away as he laid the ball on for Bruno to cross at the byline – but Zanka cleared the danger before Gross then saw an effort well blocked. Davy Propper was the next Seagulls player to take aim from the edge of the area, but his volley sailed well over Lossl’s crossbar. Huddersfield’s captain Tommy Smith then delivered a cross five minutes before the hour mark, but as Tom Ince flicked the ball towards goal, Ryan did well to block before Bruno cleared. Ince and Ryan locked horns again soon after but once again the Albion keeper came out on top as he denied the midfielder at his near post. Jose Izquierdo then replaced Gross in Albion’s second change, before March beat two men before cutting inside and firing over. Izzy Brown made way for Tomer Hemed with 17 minutes left to play, then Ince fired across goal and over having beaten Lewis Dunk in a one-on-one from the edge of the area. Izquierdo’s low effort was easily gathered by Lossl, and Murray then curled one into the keeper’s grateful clutches on 80 minutes. Bruno misjudged a through ball to allow Ince to draw Ryan into another smart save, before Terriers boss David Wagner withdrew Mounie for Laurent Depoitre and then the lively Ince for Joe Lolley. Danny Williams was the home side’s final change as he replaced Elias Kachunga, and that was to be the last action of the afternoon. The result leaves Albion in 13th position, and next on the agenda for Hughton’s men is a trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

Huddersfield Subs; Brighton Subs;
Depoitre —> Mounie (85) March —> Schelotto (46)
Lolley —> Ince (87) Izquierdo —> Gross (63)
Williams —> Kachunga (89) Hemed —> Brown (73)

HTFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Mounie (12) (43);

Att; 24,018 (2,292 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March

HTFC v BHAFC (9/12/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Yorkshire to face a Huddersfield side, who are currently on the slide down the table after a superb start to life in the Premier League.

Huddersfield Team News;

Huddersfield will be without Michael Hefele, Jon Stankovic and Philip Billing, while Rajiv van la Parra serves the last of his 3 game suspension.

Last Time Out; EFC 2-0 HTFC

Huddersfield lost 2-0 away from home to Everton, thanks to goals from Giyfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvin-Lewin.

Top Scorer; Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy, Steve Mounie (2)

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

FACT; Tom Ince has attempted the most shots by any player this season without scoring (32).

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell remains the only casualty.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 1-5 LFC

Brighton were given a PL thumping at the hands of Liverpool. Emre Can opened the scoring before Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time. Glenn Murray pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but a Phillipe Coutinho free kick and Lewis Dunk own goal added the gloss to the score line.

Top Scorer; Murray (5)

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

FACT; The Seagulls have only conceded 7 away goals this season; a record only topped by Man Utd (4) and Chelsea (5).

Last Time We Met: HTFC [3]-[1] BHAFC (2/2/17);

Brighton lost away to Huddersfield 3-1. After Tommy Smith had put the hosts 1-0 up, Tomer Hemed equalised; before Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga added a 2nd and 3rd before half-time.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 22 of the 54 previous meetings between the 2 sides, while Huddersfield have won on 17 occasions. Brighton have lost just once to the Terriers in the last 10 games, which was their last meeting back in February; before that they had won 4 and drew the other 5. Three of the last four trips to Huddersfield have all ended in a 1-1 draw.

Huddersfield Likely Line-Up;

Lossl;

Smith, Schindler, Zanka, Malone;

Williams, Mooy;

Kachunga, Palmer, Ince;

Depoitre;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Huddersfield 1-1 Brighton