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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion v Norwich City

1 November 2019

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.

The opposition

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.

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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.

Expert view

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.

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Head-to-head

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!

Ref watch

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.

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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: services@bhafc.co.uk.
  • 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.

Travel Information

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.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Canary fans can also sign up to the Norwich City WhatsApp group to receive the starting line-up ahead of the game sent straight to your phone, as well as the half-time and full-time score and game highlights. Click HERE to sign up.

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Match Reports

City beaten 2-0 at Brighton

2 November 2019

Norwich City were beaten 2-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion in a cagey Premier League affair on the south-coast on Saturday.

The headline team news saw Onel Hernandez, who the previous night had celebrated becoming a new father, make his first start of the season. Tom Trybull and Marco Stiepermann also started from the off, with Ibrahim Amadou, Moritz Leitner and Todd Cantwell all dropping to the bench.

In blustery and wet conditions City made a lively start to the game.

On 11 minutes a swift counter-attack set in motion by a clever flick and turn from Teemu Pukki culminated in Stipermann side-stepping a couple of opposing defenders before clipping an effort over Mathew Ryan and onto the Brighton crossbar.

The home side responded in turn, with Tim Krul alert to superbly keep out Steven Alzate’s low shot following a mazy run into the Canaries penalty area.

Alzate then went close at the midway point in the opening period, controlling a loose ball from a corner kick and volleying inches wide from the edge of the area.

The remainder of the half played out in a somewhat disjointed manner, which included a lengthy stoppage and eventual withdrawal of Brighton defender Adam Webster through injury.

As the rain intensified, the hosts ended the half in the ascendancy. Neal Maupay fired wide from an acute angle before Ben Godfrey heroically flung his head in among the boots to clear with Maupay ready to pounce.

In first half stoppage time Alex Tettey then inadvertently headed narrowly over his own crossbar following a cross from the right.

Brighton maintained that momentum at the start of the second period. In the run-up to the hour-mark Dale Stephens, Davy Propper and the lively Aaron Connolly were all off target with warning shots from outside the area.

But on 68 minutes the home side broke the deadlock, as substitute Trossard nipped in at the near post to poke Martin Montoya’s right-wing cross beyond Krul.

City offered an immediate response. Buendia squirmed his way to the byline before lashing into the side-netting before Trybull saw an effort from a corner kick blocked.

With the Canaries committing numbers forward, they had Krul to thank for keeping them in the game after he fisted away a Maupay toe-poke from point blank range.

Buendia had a chance to equalise with a free-kick in a promising position with ten minutes to go, but saw it sail well over the bar.

At the other end, Maupay volleyed a corner just over the woodwork as Brighton saught to increase their lead. That's just what happened moments later when Duffy got on the end of a Trossard free-kick to put Albion 2-0 up and put the result beyond doubt.

Trossard continued to cause trouble, putting the ball on a plate for Alzate with minutes to spare, who twisted inside onto his left foot before blasting the ball over the bar.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Dunk (C), Stephens, Maupay, Gross (Trossard 58), Webster (Duffy 36), Montoya, Propper, Burn, Connolly (Schelotto 87), Alzate
Unused substitutes: Button, Murray, Mooy, March
Goals: Trossard (68), Duffy (85)
Bookings:

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Hernandez, Lewis, Buendia, Stiepermann (Drmic 75), Trybull (Cantwell 84), Pukki, McLean, Tettey (C) (Srbeny 84)
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Byram, Leitner, Amadou
Goals:
Bookings: Stiepermann (63)

Referee: Kevin Friend
Kick off time: 3pm
Venue: AMEX Stadium
HT: 0-0
FT: 2-0

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Brighton and Hove Albion v Norwich City

2 October 2019

Tickets for Norwich City's trip to the American Express Community Stadium to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, November 2 (3pm) will go on sale from Tuesday, October 8 (9am).

Tickets will be priced at:

Adults £30
65+ and Under-21s £23
Under-18s £15

Tickets will be available to be purchased via the following sales windows at 9am each day:

Priority Window Tuesday, October 8
Premier Members Wednesday, October 9
Standard Members Thursday, October 10
Season Ticket Holders Friday, October 11
General Sale Monday, October 14

Coach travel is priced at £26 with a £1 discount for Away Premier and Standard Members and Season Ticket Holders. Coaches will depart Carrow Road at 9am on the day of the game.

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one) or at the Carrow Road ticket office.

Fans can secure their seat ahead of these tickets going on sale with one of our VIP Away Day packages. Click here to find out more.

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