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Brighton and Hove Albion vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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Brighton and Hove Albion

, Anthony Knockaert ‘5' , Glenn Murray ‘48'
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AFC Bournemouth

, Steve Cook ‘33' , Callum Wilson ‘79'
FT 1st January 2018 12:30 PM
Amex Stadium
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    Oliver in charge at the AMEX

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    Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle, as the Cherries travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year’s Day.

    The 32-year-old has officiated of 17 top flight fixtures to date this season, handing out 65 yellow cards, four red cards and awarding seven penalties.

    The game at the AMEX will mark the first time that Oliver has taken charge of the Cherries this season, whilst he has taken charge of the Seagulls on just one occasion, that being their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening day of the campaign.

    He certainly possesses plenty of experience, refereeing three Champions League fixtures already this season and previously taking charge of an EFL Cup final and a Community Shield.  

    On Monday, Oliver will be assisted by Simon Bennett and Daniel Cook, with Kevin Friend the fourth official.

    Five point preview: Brighton & Hove Albion

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    With a quick turnaround after Bournemouth's crucial Saturday win, the Cherries next head along the coast to Brighton & Hove Albion, with five key points picked out here before the game.

    Home is where the heart is

     

    As with any newly-promoted team, Brighton's home record was always likely to be a major component to their success or failure in their first crack at the Premier League, and with 17 of their 22 points to date coming at the Amex that has certainly been the case.

    The Seagulls won three of their first four Premier League games in East Sussex this season and while they've only won one of their seven games since - a 1-0 win in their last home match with Watford - they have also built up a useful knack of not losing, drawing five of their six Amex encounters ahead of their Hornets win.

    Memorable Murray, now in opposition

    One of the Cherries' Premier League high points to date came when Glenn Murray headed home away at Chelsea in the club's maiden top-flight season, and the striker will be looking to impress his old fans for the Seagulls on Monday lunch time.

    Now 34, Murray is the club's top scorer in 2017/18 with five goals in his 19 appearances, including the crucial winner away at Swansea City to gain three points for his side in November.

    Elsewhere in the line up, Pascal Gross has been involved in nine goals, either scoring or assisting, four more than any other player in the squad. The German, who signed in the summer, has also created 40 goalscoring chances, double that of any other member of Chris Hughton's squad.

    The long road to Newcastle 

    Travelling Cherries fans may have been faced with an unexpectedly early start to the first morning of 2018 with the early kick-off along the coast in Brighton, but Seagulls fans haven't had things too much easier in the last few days, with the team having to go to Newcastle and back less than 48 hours before their game on New Year's Day with the Cherries.

    Up at St James' Park, Brighton gained another point with a goalless draw against the Toon Army, having 'keeper at Ryan to thank for a solid display between the sticks to keep the Magpies at bay.

    Good tidings for the Seagulls at Christmas 

    Following the Newcastle away day, Brighton had picked up a win, two draws and a loss to the champions across their Christmas programme, a pleasing return having picked up just two points from their previous six games stretching back to early November.

    Going into 2018, the Cherries are handily placed just below the mid-point of the league table, with 22 points on the board as Chris Hughton's men have made a competitive start to their first season in the top flight in over three decades.

    Third time lucky for the Seagulls?

    Dipping our toes into 2018 and the match is already the third Cherries-Seagulls match of the season, and Bournemouth have twice just about got the result they wanted so far.

    In mid-September Solly March gave Brighton a second-half lead at Vitality Stadium but the hosts dug in deep and thanks to two Jordon Ibe assists and Jermain Defoe's first goal in 16 years for the club the Cherries managed to secure a 2-1 home win.

    A matter of days later there was another close affair in Dorset, this time in the Carabao Cup. The Cherries did the bulk of the attacking in the first 90 minutes, but still goalless Joshua King's extra time strike finally settled the tie and sent Bournemouth through to the next round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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