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Match Preview: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Brentford

All the build-up to this evening's South Coast Clash

26 December 2021

THE OPPOSITION

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Brighton and Hove Albion have slipped into some unwanted, old habits in recent months which have seen them embark on a gradual slide down the Premier League table. 

The wastefulness in front of goal which dogged them for much of last season has returned, with Brighton now winless in 12 since victory over Swansea City in the EFL Cup back in September. 

The fact they have only lost three of those 12 games, shows the fine margins Graham Potter's side have been working with over recent weeks. In fact, it's only the top three of Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea who have lost fewer games than The Seagulls this term (four).

Defensively, they've only conceded 17 goals in 16 league matches, and give up the fourth fewest shots per game in the division (11.8), again only bettered by the sides that sit first, second, and third currently. 

In front of goal, they have only 14 goals to show for their efforts this season, the third lowest mark in the league. In 16 league games this season, they've failed to score on six occasions and only netted more than once three times. Former Bees favourite, Neal Maupay (above) leads their scoring charts with six for the season. 

THE GAMEPLAN

Writing for Hot Off The Press Sussex Live's Richie Mills, said: "[Graham Potter's] hands are somewhat tied by suspensions, injuries and Covid, but he has more often than not gone for three centre-backs and two wing-backs. So in defence will be Shane Duffy, Joel Veltman and, if Webster is not fit enough to start, Dan Burn, then the wing-backs will be the very potent duo of Marc Cucurella on the left and Tariq Lamptey, who has been brought back into the team after 10 months out with a hamstring injury and, in some games, has been absolutely brilliant. His pace, trickery and delivery into the box is something Brentford have really got to be wary of. Without Bissouma, the midfield will be interesting. If Gross is back from injury, I reckon he will be brought back in, with Adam Lallana a little bit further forward and Jakub Moder – a tall, roaming player – and then Trossard and Maupay, with Rob Sanchez in goal.

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank expects to have the same squad as he had against Chelsea which means David Raya, Julian Jeaniver (both knee), Charlie Goode, Kris Ajer, Tariqe Fosu, Zanka (all hamstring), and Josh Dasilva (hip) miss out. 

The Seagulls will be without Lewis Dunk (knee), Yves Bissouma (suspended) and Jeremy Sarmiento (thigh). Shane Duffy is back in contention following his one-match suspension, while Joel Veltman and Adam Webster will be assessed in the build-up. Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Neal Maupay are back and available.

THE MANAGER

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Graham Potter's path to the Premier League is not one which many managers have followed.

Solihull-born Potter spent a decade in the lower leagues of English football, starting off at home-town Birmingham City before spells with Stoke City, Southampton, where he made eight Premier League appearances, West Bromwich Albion, York City, Boston United, and Macclesfield Town.

After making nearly 400 professional appearances, he retired in 2005 and, shortly after, graduated from the Open University with a degree in Social Sciences. Potter then spent five years working in University football, latterly combining his time as assistant coach at Leeds Metropolitan University with a masters in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. 

In December 2010, he took charge of Östersund, then a fourth-division side in Sweden. He earned back-to-back league titles during his first two-years in charge before taking Östersund to the top flight in 2015. In April 2017, he guided OFK to the Swedish Cup and, later that year, made history with his side becoming the first Swedish club to progress beyond the Europa League group stage. Potter joined Swansea in June 2018 after nearly eight years in Sweden. 

He guided Swansea to tenth during his one season in charge before replacing Chris Hughton on the south coast in the summer of 2019.  

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Writing in tonight's match programme, Graham Potter said: “Thomas Frank’s side have adjusted well to the demands of the Premier League and they certainly gave us a tough game at their new stadium earlier in the season. They play with real purpose, always on the front foot, which makes them difficult opponents, particularly on the counter-attack. We are well aware of the threat they will pose this evening.

"From our point of view, we’ll be looking to bounce back from the frustrations of the Wolves defeat here before Christmas. It was a difficult evening, given the challenges brought on by injury, illness and suspension, but I thought we were the better team in the first half. We then conceded a poor goal before half-time and just didn’t have the cutting edge needed to get back into the game.

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Ed Smart and Mark Scholes

Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

Video Assistant Referee: John Brooks

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Adam Nunn

Brighton and Hove Albion 2021/22

164 fouls - 12th in Premier League

38 yellow cards - 3rd in Premier League

1 red cards - 4th in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

Fans attending the game are reminded that COVID-19 protocols are in place at all major outdoor events. Brentford supporters will need to show proof of their COVID status to gain entry. This is a condition of attendance.

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Tonight's game is live on Sky Sports Main Events, coverage starts at 7.45pm. For fans around the world, the game is being shown live through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

Mark Burridge will also be bringing live commentary from The Amex on Bees Player. 

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Match Reports

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Brentford 0

Bees beaten by first half goals

26 December 2021

Brentford suffered Boxing Day defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by Brighton and Hove Albion. The Bees started well but conceded two goals late in the first half and could find no way back. They created a series of chances both before the goals and, particularly, in the second half, but were unable to get anything from the contest.

The Bees lost the match in a ten minute period at the end of the first half. Brighton scored their opener in the 35th minute and put Brentford to the sword for the rest of the first half. The 2-0 lead they established proved to be a match-winning one and The Bees were beaten.

It was quite an open start to the contest, with both teams looking to get on the front foot and in to opposition territory. Brighton tried to work the ball in to the final third and allow strikers Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard to link and they had a lot of possession in the first 15 minutes, some of it deep in Brentford territory, without troubling Álvaro Fernández. The better chances in the opening exchanges went the way of Brentford.

An early long throw from Mads Bech caused confusion in the home defence, Ivan Toney won an aerial challenge, but Pontus Jansson was unable to make a firm connection with his shot. A Dominic Thompson pass put Bryan Mbeumo in behind soon after. He lofted a ball over the onrushing Robert Sánchez, but Dan Burn got back to clear inside the six-yard box. The offside flag was raised but the line was tight, and Video Assistant Referee John Brooks would have been called to adjudicate if Mbeumo had found the net.

Shandon Baptiste had a shot blocked when he found space and the Brentford midfield man had a better chance soon after. A corner was half cleared, and Mathias Jensen drilled it back in low, Toney’s shot looped up, Christian Nørgaard won the header and Baptiste was able to shoot from 12 yards. The ball skipped up off the turf and deflected over the crossbar. A different connection from Baptiste may have troubled Sánchez.

Mbeumo headed a cross from Bech off target soon after as Brentford continued to create chances, but Brighton started to have more attacking possession as the half wore on. They were playing with a diamond midfield so had extra men in the centre of the park and their full backs were keen to join in the attack. There were times when the play surged from end to end but neither goalkeeper was forced in to a difficult save in the opening half hour.

Brighton came close when Burn met a corner from the left with a header that deflected and looped up. It hit the top of the crossbar with Fernández back-peddling, but Referee Darren England decided Neal Maupay had fouled the Brentford goalkeeper. The home side also went close on the break when a Trossard cross was recycled, Maupay found Enock Mwepu inside the penalty area, but he smashed a shot in to the side netting.

The hosts were taking control as the game moved towards half time. They swamped Brentford in the centre of the pitch and forced mistakes. Two goals at the end of the first period were probably deserved on the balance of play.

The first, however, came out of nothing, Mwepu was given time to pick a pass in the centre of midfield and lifted a ball in to space behind the Brentford defence. Trossard was able to break the offside trap and run in behind, getting a toe to the ball through and lifting it over Fernández and in to the net.

From then on, Brighton took complete command. They pushed Brentford back and could have put the game completely to bed before the interval. Alexis Mac Allister fired a free kick over the crossbar and then met a half cleared ball, volleying a fraction too high.

The second goal came three minutes before half time when Brighton swarmed forward. Adam Lallana found Jakub Moder on the left, he weaved across the penalty area and set up Maupay to place a shot past Fernández and in to the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. Fernández could only watch as Maupay picked his spot Brighton had breathing space.

Brentford’s difficult end to the first half was compounded by cautions given to Bech and Nørgaard that may have been considered a little unfortunate. Mbeumo was withdrawn, walking uncomfortably, to be replaced by Yoane Wissa and an attempt from Sergi Canós to reduce the deficit flew well wide. Fernández also saved from Mac Allister as Brentford tried to stay in the game and regroup at the interval.

The Bees made a switch at the break, introducing Frank Onyeka to try and change the pattern of the game in midfield. The start of the second period was definitely more even as Brentford battled for a way back in to the game. Brighton also withdrew Trossard at the break and missed his livewire running and unpredictable movement.

Thompson blasted an early chance well wide for The Bees and a looping header from Jansson was saved comfortably by Sánchez. Maupay fired in to the side netting for the hosts and a Moder free kick hit a defensive wall, but Brentford were starting to get the upper hand as the hour mark approached. They were taking a territorial advantage and winning free kicks as Brighton were defending more desperately.

Canós could have halved the arrears when he drove forward from midfield and in to the penalty area, but he fired in to the side netting. The Bees went closer when Toney picked up a loose ball and set Wissa away. The ball back inside found Baptiste in space and the shot wrong-footed Sánchez. Somehow, the goalkeeper recovered to stick out a leg and divert the ball away.

The resulting corner was half cleared and Canós picked it up. The cross found Ethan Pinnock at the far post and his header was set for the corner before Sánchez flung himself across the save. Toney tried to put the loose ball home but was adjudged to be offside.

Mac Allister fizzed a shot narrowly wide at the other end, but Brentford were pressing. A Bech long throw was flicked on, and Sánchez punched away, Pinnock got to the loose ball and nodded it towards goal. It looped over Burn and looked set for the net before Marc Cucurella made a remarkable clearance inches from his own line.

Lallana shot over for the home side and Fernández saved a Danny Welbeck shot. The Brentford goalkeeper also went full stretch to push out a Steven Alzate shot. Pascal Groß blasted wide for Brighton, but the home side were mostly on the back foot in the later stages with Brentford pushing forward from midfield, with Baptiste and Nørgaard driving on.

Toney saw a shot blocked for The Bees before Nørgaard and Saman Ghoddos helped to open Brighton up. Baptiste had space to shoot from the edge of the penalty area but slipped as he did, and Sánchez was able to make a comfortable save. Canós fired in to a crowd of bodies after being freed by Toney inside the area and a Wissa shot whizzed just wide. Brentford continued to push for a goal, that may have given them a way back in to the game, but it would not come, and Brighton took the win.

Brighton and Hove Albion: Sánchez; Lamptey, Webster, Burn, Cucurella; Lallana (sub Groß 84 mins); Mwepu, Moder, Mac Allister (sub Alzate 84 mins); Maupay, Trossard (sub Welbeck h/t)

Subs (not used): Scherpen, March, Richards, Leonard, Turns, Ferguson

Bookings: Webster (59 mins)

Brentford: Fernández; Pinnock, Jansson, Bech; Canós, Baptiste, Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Onyeka h/t), Thompson (sub Ghoddos 61 mins); Toney, Mbeumo (sub Wissa 40 mins)

Subs (not used): Cox, Stevens, Bidstrup, Peart-Harris, Forss

Bookings: Bech (38 mins), Nørgaard (45 mins), Toney (77 mins)

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Ticket News

Tickets for our away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on sale at 2pm

All My Bees Members will have the chance to purchase tickets at 2pm today

25 November 2021

Thomas Frank and The Bees face Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion for a Boxing Day showdown (8pm kick-off). All My Bees Members will have the chance to buy a ticket for this fixture by logging in to their ticketing account from 2pm. Tickets are subject to availability.

Get ready to buy at 2pm 

The Club is subsidising the cost of away travel for up to ten coaches (subject to driver/coach availability) to assist with travel for this Boxing Day fixture. Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford). Tickets are available from £10 Adults and Young Persons and £5 Seniors and Juniors.

*My Bees Membership note: this season, members receive five per cent of all away Match Ticket allocations which will remain separate from the Season Ticket Holders allocation. Don’t forget, My Bees Members must register their interest for the away games they would like to go to. If you do not register your interest, you will not have the opportunity to buy. Register your interest here. 

Please note: to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,550+TAPs: Thursday 18 November, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 22 November

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Thursday 18 November, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 22 November
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,000+ TAPs: Monday 22 November, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 23 November

  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Tuesday 23 November, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 25 November

  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Thursday 25 November, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

Tickets are available until Thursday 23 December at 5pm (Subject to availability).

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

PRICES

Standard

Adults  Seniors
(over 65) 

18-20

Under 18

£30 £23 £23 £15

Disabled prices are the same as the above relevant price band. With a free helper ticket if in receipt of a Middle to Higher Disability. 

Restricted view prices are £1 less across all price bands.

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

TRAVEL INFO

The Club is pleased to announce that it is subsidising the cost of coach travel for this Boxing Day fixture - with reduced prices for up to 10 coaches (subject to driver/coach availability). Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 5pm - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £10 £5

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Friday 17 December.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 6pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

The ticket price includes free travel within the local area. Full details for Away fan travel can be found at brightonandhovealbion.com/travelguide

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