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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
16:30 22nd September 2016
By  Kieran Cleeves

Glenn Murray

PREVIEW: ALBION V BARNSLEY


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


TEAM NEWS

Albion manager Chris Hughton will return to a similar line-up that beat Burton Albion 1-0 last Saturday, after wholesale changes were made for the EFL Cup loss to Reading in midweek.

The Seagulls have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Barnsley’s visit to the Amex this weekend, and Hughton is likely to recall a host of players who were rested against the Royals.

Kazenga LuaLua (knee), Richie Towell (ankle) and Liam Rosenior (ankle) are all unavailable to face the Tykes, as they continue to recover from long-term injuries, while Solly March is expected to feature for the under-23s in the coming weeks.

Aiden White is doubt for Barnsley heading into the game, after he tore a gluteal muscle in their defeat to Reading last weekend.

James Bree is back in training for the Tykes, but Saturday’s trip to the Amex may come too soon for the defender.


FORM

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The Seagulls exited the EFL Cup at the third round stage in midweek, losing 2-1 against Reading at the Amex, with Tomer Hemed scoring a late consolation.

In the league, Albion recorded back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Burton Albion, following defeats to Newcastle United and Brentford.

Hemed’s 88th-minute penalty at the Pirelli Stadium secured all three points against the Brewers, with Anthony Knockaert the match-winner in a 1-0 victory over the Terriers four days previously.

Barnsley have started the season well and sit fourth in the Sky Bet Championship, but just like Albion, the Tykes lost 2-1 at home to Reading in their most recent fixture.

Defeat to the Royals came after an impressive run of three victories in a row, beating Rotherham United at Oakwell, before back-to-back away victories against Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



ALBION 1
Hemed 85

READING 2
Quinn 32
Swift 54


Albion line-up: Maenpaa; Hunt, Huenemeier, Goldson, Pocognoli (Skalak 69); Sidwell, Ince (Hemed 62), Norwood; Manu (Murphy 73), Murray, Baldock.

Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Dunk, Bong, Kayal.


LAST TIME OUT: BARNSLEY




BARNSLEY 1
Armstrong 81

READING 2
McCleary 9
Swift 27


Barnsley line-up: Davies; Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, White (Kpekawa 17); Hamill, Scowen, Hourihane (c), Kent (Janko 68); Winnall (Bradshaw 68), Armstrong.

Subs not used: Townsend (GK), Morsy, Jackson, Watkins.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tuesday night’s game will be the 42nd meeting between the two clubs. The Tykes have enjoyed 17 victories over the Seagulls compared to 14 for Albion, while a further ten games have ended in a draw.

The last game played between the clubs was during the 2013/14 season, where the points were shared in a goalless draw at Oakwell, with Barnsley winning 2-1 in the reverse fixture at the Amex.

The Seagulls have only tasted defeat once in their last seven home games against the South Yorkshire side, winning five times and scoring 14 goals in the process.

That included one of their biggest home victories in the Amex era, as Albion beat the Tykes 5-1 in August 2012.

Craig Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes both scored twice, alongside Wayne Bridge’s first goal for the club.


CLASSIC MATCH




ALBION 5
Barnes 4, 81
Bridge 14
Mackail-Smith 38, 50


BARNSLEY 1
Davies 35 pen

Albion line-up: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Dicker, Crofts (Harley 70); Noone (LuaLua 70), Mackail-Smith, Barnes (Agdestein 84).

Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Dunk, Calderon, Barker.

Barnsley line-up: Gonzalez; Stones (Hassell 55), Foster, Wiseman, Golbourne (Crainie 55); Cywka, Dawson, Mellis, Etuhu; Davies, Harewood.

Subs not used: Lidakevicius (GK), Collins, Dagnall, Clark, Rose.

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