Norwich City are back in action with a first ever Premier League meeting against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday (3pm KO).
Our Match Preview includes insight from a local journalist to discuss the opposition in detail, an overview of this fixture’s history, and a look at who will be the man in the middle.
There are also details for City fans travelling to East Sussex, including security information, as well as a guide on how to follow the action for those who aren’t at the ground.
While they’re only four points above the relegation zone ahead of this weekend’s game, Brighton are also only four points behind Arsenal in fifth!
Wins against Watford and Everton, draws against West Ham United, Burnley and Newcastle United, and defeats to Southampton and Aston Villa mean that Albion have been getting a mixture of results against the teams around them in the division.
They’ve also lost to Manchester City and Chelsea but managed a brilliant 3-0 win home to Tottenham Hotspur thanks to an early Neil Maupay goal and a brace from Aaron Connolly.
They’re currently 14th in the league but harbour ambitions of finishing in the top ten of the Premier League, according to Club Chief Executive Paul Barber.
Earlier in the week, we caught up with The Athletic’s Brighton correspondent, Andy Naylor, to discuss their season so far.
“It’s been very encouraging so far,” he said. “The style has changed quite dramatically with the appointment of Graham Potter in the summer. They’re playing a more progressive passing game than was the case previously under Chris Hughton.
“He did a fantastic job to keep them up in the Premier League in their first two seasons, let’s not forget that.”
To read the full interview with Andy, click here.
City have a favourable record against Albion, with the 88 encounters stretching back to 1921. Norwich have won 34 of those games, while Brighton have won 30. There have been 24 draws between the two sides.
Last time they met, City came out on top with a 2-0 win at Carrow Road in the Championship. Brighton’s goalkeeper David Stockdale scored two own goals to give the Canaries a surprise win against a Chris Hughton side at the top of the table in April 2017.
As for our last win at the Amex, that came in April 2015 when we edged a 1-0 victory courtesy of Bradley Johnson’s second half strike. That kept us third in the league and we eventually went up to the Premier League via the play-offs!
Kevin Friend will be the man in the middle for Saturday afternoon’s fixture. Friend has overseen five Premier League games, one Championship game and one Carabao Cup game so far this season, handing out 32 yellow cards and three red cards across those matches.
In what will hopefully be a good omen, his last Norwich game was our 3-2 win against Manchester City in mid-September!
For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Matthew Wilkes and Simon Beck, with Charles Breakspear the fourth official. Tim Robinson and Andy Garratt will be overseeing VAR.
Info for supporters
Brighton & Hove Albion have provided the following useful information for fans travelling to the Amex Stadium…
- Suitcases and large bags are not permitted into the stadium and we do not have a storage area. Only bags that will fit under the seats will be permitted and are subject to full search on entry.
- Solid containers and flasks are not permitted into the stadium and only clear plastic water bottles 500ml or lower will be permitted with bottle tops being confiscated on entry.
- Refreshments are available from catering units outside the stadium as well as from the kiosks inside the concourses. All concourses remain open post-match and visiting supporters are welcome to stay behind for a drink. A number of kiosks are going cashless around the stadium this season and will only take contactless or chip and pin payment.
- Turnstiles open two hours before kick-off.
- The Amex Stadium is a smoke-free stadium. Smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in ALL areas.
- To bring banners over 150cm x 150cm, you will be required to obtain authorisation from the club in advance. To gain this please email: email@example.com.
- Yates and Wetherspoon’s on West Street, central Brighton, would be recommended for any travelling supporters, however they are welcome to drink at the stadium pre-match in the fan zone, which is located on the North exterior concourse.
For a full fan guide, click here.
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating an enhanced service for this match, and supporters are advised to check with Southern Rail’s website prior to travelling.
Park & Rides: Both Brighton Racecourse & Mill Road will be open from 12.00pm. Please note that the park and ride at Brighton University, Lewes Road is currently not available.
Car Parks: We have limited parking availability at the Bridge (Car Park B) to purchase from the club’s website & Sussex University (Car Park C) has now completely sold out.
All vehicles accredited to park at the University of Sussex must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.
Village Way will be extremely busy and congested therefore supporters are advised to avoid this area both pre and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.
Buses: Brighton & Hove Buses will be operating a full service within our Travel Scheme, therefore free travel is available to supporters on production of a match ticket, but please check on the club’s website for areas within the bus travel zone.
Parking: We have no local street parking available for football supporters, as all areas have a residents parking scheme in operation, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.
Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.
Drop-offs & pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way, or at the Woollard Way (entrance to the Bridge car park), and supporters are advised to use our official drop off and pick up point located at University of Sussex, where our drop off point is in car park 5, located by the Sports Hall.
This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium. There is also a free shuttle bus in operation.
All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.
How to follow
Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.
We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.