9 min: The primary sighting right this moment of Lamptey, who is definitely going to be a celebrity. He tears off down the best at lightning velocity, and for a second it appears to be like like he’s going to interrupt right into a world of area, however he barely overruns the ball and is compelled to test again. Not this time, however discover has been served.
7 min: Saints reply, Walcott slicing a snapshot over the bar, Djenepo dribbling into the field from the left solely to run the ball out of play. A beautiful free-flowing really feel to this one.
6 min: Bissouma pearls a beautiful ball down the center to launch Gross down the inside-right channel. He’s bought Connolly within the center, thinks about taking a shot himself, then has his cross reduce out by Vestergaard. Huge likelihood, although there was a suspicion of offside and the flag could effectively have gone up.
4 min: March is distributed scampering down the left wing by Welbeck. March returns the ball when he reaches the sting of the world. Welbeck opens his physique and tries to information a first-time sidefoot into the underside proper. He doesn’t fairly get the angle proper, and it’s a simple smother for McCarthy.
2 min: Bissouma performs a cute move down the center that almost finds Gross. Walker-Peters swings one in from the best for Adams; not fairly. Djenepo skedaddles down the inside-left channel and drags a shot-cum-cross harmlessly huge proper. A pleasant open begin to the sport.
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Saints get the ball rolling … however solely after the gamers take a knee of affection and solidarity. There’s no room for racism. The gesture is met with the warmest applause on a cold night time by the ocean.
The groups are out! Brighton play of their retro 80s all-blue shirts, whereas Saints put on third-choice white with crimson sash. The guests are given the pantomime hen by the two,000-strong Brighton bunch – “Boo! Who’re ya?!” – and but it’ll be candy music to the ears of everybody concerned. The followers are again! They’re making some racket, one hell of an environment, a gorgeous noise. We’ll be off in a minute!
A phrase with Graham Potter. “It’s nice information for soccer that followers are again … hopefully they can assist us … it’ll be good for us to get their assist and get efficiency and outcome.”
Then a chat with Ralph Hasenhuttl: “Everyone seems to be glad that followers are again within the stadium … this time we play away however subsequent week we’re at residence and now have them in our floor so we’re trying ahead to it … hopefully we will return there with successful from right this moment.”
In different sizzling breaking information, we will report that Potter and Hasenhuttl are each glad that Lamptey and Ings are again. Pulitzer, please!
One change to the Brighton staff that battled for a deserved draw in opposition to Liverpool. Tariq Lamptey is again from suspension; Neal Maupay drops to the bench.
Southampton are unchanged from their eventful defeat to Manchester United. Star striker Danny Ings returns from damage, however solely as an insurance coverage coverage on the bench.
Nevertheless, right here’s the most important and most welcome staff information: 2,000 fortunate Brighton followers return to the Amex for the primary time because the March lockdown.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Lamptey, White, Bissouma, March, Gross, Connolly, Welbeck.
Subs: Maupay, Trossard, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate, Steele, Bernardo, Burn.
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo, Walcott, Adams.
Subs: Stephens, Lengthy, Ings, Redmond, Salisu, Diallo, Forster.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)
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It’s not the south-coast derby … however it’s a south-coast derby, and that’s ok for us. Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Southampton, hoping for his or her first victory over their near-neighbours within the Premier League period, and three factors that will ease them additional away from the relegation zone.
Graham Potter’s facet are higher than their present whole of ten factors from ten matches counsel. After a sluggish however not at all times lucky begin to the season – suppose that recreation in opposition to Manchester United – they’re starting to get it collectively. They’ve solely misplaced one among their final six, and that narrowly to leaders Tottenham; their final two matches have seen them go toe-to-toe with champions Liverpool and win impressively at Aston Villa. They appear a reduce above the opposite early-season strugglers.
Southampton are additionally a staff on an upward trajectory. Admittedly they’re at the moment eighth within the desk having briefly been high, however you’ve tracked the final pattern, you get the gist. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s entertaining staff has been concerned in some humdingers this season – a 4-3 win at Aston Villa, a 3-3 draw at Chelsea, 5-2 and 3-2 losses at residence to Spurs and Manchester United respectively – in addition to environment friendly dispatches of Everton and Newcastle, and a advantageous level at Wolves. They’re often price watching, a technique or one other.
All of which raises hope of a advantageous derby this night on the Amex. Kick off is at 8pm GMT. It’s on!
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