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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
15:38 16th February 2017
By  Kieran Cleeves

Glenn Murray breaks the deadlock.

PREVIEW: BARNSLEY V ALBION


Brighton & Hove Albion play Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.


TEAM NEWS

Albion manager Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Barnsley this weekend.

Gaetan Bong is expected to miss out again, as the full-back continues to recover from a knee injury, while Liam Rosenior is closing in on a return to action after appearing for the under-23s on Monday.

Alex Mowatt will be available for the Tykes once again, after serving his three-match suspension after seeing red against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of January.

Josh Scowen is a doubt for Saturday’s game after missing their trip to Villa Park because of an ankle injury, while long-term absentee Sessi D’Almedia (knee) will also be unavailable for selection.


FORM

BARNSLEY WDDLWW
ALBION WLLDWD

Albion drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town in their last fixture, as Tomer Hemed levelled the game from the penalty spot after Luke Chambers opened the scoring for the visitors at the Amex.

The Seagulls had previously returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-1 victory over Burton Albion on home soil, with Hemed (2), Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray scoring the goals.

Hughton’s team rescued a point deep into stoppage time against Brentford at Griffin Park, with Hemed scoring a late header to make it 3-3 just minutes after the Bees had taken the lead and looked to have secured all three points.

Goals from Solly March and Shane Duffy got the Seagulls back on level terms after trailing 2-0 until midway through he second-half, with David Stockdale also saving a penalty before Albion’s opening goal.

Albion lost back-to-back fixtures in league and cup competition, as they lost 3-1 to Lincoln City in the Emirates FA Cup and were then beaten by Huddersfield Town by the same scoreline.

Consecutive victories at the Amex saw Albion strengthen their position at the top end of the Championship table towards the end of January, which included a narrow 1-0 win over Cardiff City and a 2-1 success against Sheffield Wednesday.

Barnsley have only one defeat in their last six Championship outings, and most recently recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over Aston Villa away from home.

The Tykes had previously drawn consecutive games 0-0 against Reading and Preston North End, which followed their 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Oakwell.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side won back-to-back games at the end of January, as they beat Leeds United 3-2 in a Yorkshire derby at home, before sealing a 1-0 victory over Rotherham United on their travels.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



ALBION 1
Hemed 29 pen


IPSWICH 1
Chambers 9

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli; Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March (Murphy 71); Hemed (Murray 67), Baldock (Akpom 81).

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Tomori, Kayal, Skalak.


LAST TIME OUT: BARNSLEY



ASTON VILLA 1
Kodjia 44

BARNSLEY 3
Armstrong 25 pen
Bradshaw 43, 58

Barnsley line-up: Davies; Yiadom, Roberts (c), MacDonald, Elder (Jones 55); Watkins, Moncur, James, Kent (Williams 85); Bradshaw (Hammill 75), Armstrong.

Subs not used: Townsend (GK), Evans, A. Jackson, Hedges.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Saturday’s game will be the 43rd meeting between the two clubs. The Tykes have enjoyed 17 victories over the Seagulls, with Albion winning on 15 occasions, while a further ten games have ended in a draw.

Murray scored either side of half-time to claim all three points at the Amex earlier this season, as the Seagulls ran out 2-0 winners and moved up to third position in the Championship table.

Albion will be looking to end a run of four matches without a victory away at Oakwell, and drew 0-0 when the sides last met in South Yorkshire back in April 2014.

The Seagulls enjoyed one of their biggest victories of the Amex era against Barnsley, winning 5-1 under Gus Poyet in 2012, with Craig Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes both scoring twice, alongside Wayne Bridge’s first goal for the club.


LAST TIME WE MET



ALBION 2
Murray 12, 48

BARNSLEY 0


Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal (Norwood 46), Stephens, Skalak (Sidwell 84); Hemed (Baldock 75), Murray.

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Murphy, Goldson, Hunt.

Barnsley line-up: Davies; Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, Kpekawa; Hammill, Scowen (Morsy 80), Hourihane, Watkins (Kent 64); Winnall (Bradshaw 80), Armstrong.

Subs not used: Townsend (GK), Bree, Lee, Jackson.