Match Previews

Brighton v Albion match preview

24th October

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will head to The Amex Stadium in hope of a first Premier League win of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday evening (ko 5.30pm).

Brighton

Their last time out

Brighton scored a last-minute equaliser to rescue a point at Selhurst Park against rivals Crystal Palace in their most recent outing.

Wilfred Zaha put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot in the opening half-hour, but Alexis Mac Allister lashed a late effort home to force a draw. In the last moments Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was red carded for a tackle on Gary Cahill.

In the dugout

Former Albion player Graham Potter is Brighton’s boss. Potter spent eight seasons as a manager with Swedish side Östersunds FK, taking them from the fourth tier to a fifth-placed finish in the top-flight alongside a monumental effort in the Europa League which saw them reach the last 32, only to lose on aggregate to Arsenal, despite a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Potter’s next move would be back into the English game, taking charge of Swansea City. He spent one season with the Swans, finishing 10th in the Sky Bet Championship and reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals, before moving on to Brighton.

One to watch

Neal Maupay managed 10 Premier League goals in his first season at Brighton after signing from Brentford. The Seagulls didn’t lose any of the 10 games he scored in, winning five times and drawing five times when the 24-year-old Frenchman found the back of the net.

This term he has already bagged four Premier League goals.

Our last meeting

Our most recent clash with Brighton was in the Emirates FA Cup back in February 2019.

The Baggies fell to a 3-1 extra-time defeat to the Seagulls in a fourth-round replay at The Hawthorns after substitute Glenn Murray converted twice in additional time to settle the encounter. 

Kyle Bartley put the Baggies in front in the 77th minute, yet Brighton levelled late on courtesy of Florin Andone. The first encounter between the two sides was a 0-0 draw.

Stats

Albion

• Karlan Grant scored on the last time he played on October 26, netting the winner for Huddersfield against Barnsley.

• Albion were victorious last time they faced Brighton in the league. The Baggies won 2-0 thanks to goals from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson.

• Sam Johnstone’s next appearance for the Baggies will be his 100th consecutive Albion start in league competition.

Brighton

• Brighton have lost all three of their home Premier League games this season. In their three home fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton, they have conceded 10 goals and scored five times.

• The meeting between the Baggies and Brighton is just the fifth time the two teams have faced each other since 2000. Before that, the last clash between the two teams was back in 1993.

• Graham Potter’s men have scored in the 90th minute in their last three Premier League games.

Head to head 

  Brighton wins Draw Albion wins
League 4 7 9
FA Cup 1 1 0
League Cup 1 0 0
Total 6 8 9

Our one to watch

Conor Gallagher made his Premier League debut for the Baggies against Burnley on Monday night and will be hoping he did enough to secure a second top-flight start against Brighton.

The energetic midfielder covered 11.2 kilometres against the Clarets putting in an impressive performance in the middle of the park, as Albion dominated possession on home turf.

Follow the game

Gez Mulholland will be joined by once midfield-now-microphone maestro Andy Johnson to provide proudly partisan commentary and an expert insight for WBA Radio.

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Live commentary starts from 15 minutes before kick-off and will be accessible through the live match centre or WBA TV.

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The game is also available to watch on Sky Sports Box Office.