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    Brighton & Hove Albion vs AFC Bournemouth *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Albion v Bournemouth




    PREMIER LEAGUE



    Venue: The American Express Community Stadium

    Date: Saturday 13th April 2019

    Kick-off: 15:00 BST

    Referee: Kevin Friend

    Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Derek Eaton

    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell




    TEAM NEWS



    Brighton winger Solly March could be involved against Bournemouth, having returned to training following a calf injury.



    Long-term absentee Pascal Gross is also training again but Saturday's game is likely to come too soon.



    Diego Rico is Bournemouth's latest injury absentee with an ankle ligament problem.



    He joins the likes of fellow defenders Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis and Steve Cook on the sidelines.



    MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES



    Jonathan Pearce: Both sides have sleepwalked into relegation form. Brighton have won just two of their last 11 league games. Bournemouth one in nine.



    With 38 points, Eddie Howe's team almost certainly have enough to stay up. But their dismal run, coupled with transfer speculation linking key players with summer departures, bodes ill for next season.



    Brighton's predicament is more immediate. The Amex is no longer a fortress. Goals aren't coming. Key players look weary. They need to abruptly put behind them the disappointment of Wembley, get something here and then beat Cardiff on Tuesday.



    If they don't, relegation is a real possibility.



    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY



    Chris Hughton: "Nobody knows a points total that will keep us safe. Our attitude has to be to keep fighting and getting as many results as we can between now and the end of the season.



    "One calculation is about where we finish and the points tally, but development can be measured in different ways. I think we have made progress this year."



    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We see Saturday as an opportunity to put last week to bed and be positive.



    "Brighton are very well organised and competitive, we need to be at our best.



    "The last two games we have been really disappointed. We dipped well below our standards."



    MATCH FACTS



    Head-to-head



    • Bournemouth are unbeaten in the past nine league meetings, winning five and drawing four.

    • However, Brighton have lost only one of the last 14 home encounters (W7, D6).




    Albion



    • Brighton could lose four consecutive matches in all competitions without scoring for only the second time under Chris Hughton.

    • Only Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have scored fewer home league goals than Brighton's 17 this season.

    • They have already equalled their total of wins and losses from last season - nine and 16 respectively.

    • The Seagulls have lost three of their past five Premier League home games, as many as they had in their previous 17 at the Amex Stadium.

    • Brighton's tally of 18 league goals from set-pieces this season is only surpassed by Liverpool.

    • Glenn Murray has gone eight home league games without a goal - his longest drought since October 2011-April 2012.




    Bournemouth



    • The Cherries have lost 10 of their past 11 top-flight away matches. Their two most recent away wins in the division came at now-relegated sides Huddersfield and Fulham.

    • Bournemouth's tally of 15 Premier League defeats since the start of November is the third highest, behind Fulham (17) and Huddersfield (18).

    • Only Fulham have conceded more Premier League away goals this season than Bournemouth's 37.

    • Eddie Howe has lost only one of his 11 league matches as a manager against Brighton (W6, D4).

    • Callum Wilson has scored in both of his league appearances against Brighton at the Amex.
    ● A 21-year-old man from Shoreham was arrested at the Amex stadium on suspicion of throwing a pie at Wilfried Zaha ●

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