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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton
Carabao Cup, second round
Tuesday 28th August
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both clubs are beginning their campaign in the competition, and will be looking to book a place in the third round, when the remainder of the Premier League clubs enter the fray.
For Saints, it is also an opportunity to pick up a first victory of the season, and increase confidence ahead of the weekend trip to Crystal Palace.
Brighton: The club’s record signing, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, is expected to make his full debut, after the Iranian winger featured in the final 15 minutes of Albion’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, on Saturday.
Southampton: Saints have no obvious new injury concerns, with Mark Hughes indicating that he intends to field a strong side for the game.
RESULTS SO FAR
Aug 11: Watford (a) L 0-1
Aug 19: Man United (h) W 3-2 (Murray, Duffy, Gross pen)
Aug 25: Liverpool (a) L 0-1
Aug 12: Burnley (h) D 0-0
Aug 18: Everton (a) L 1-2 (Ings)
Aug 25: Leicester (h) L 1-2 (Bertrand)
Chris Hughton: “We’ve been very good in the last two games. They were, of course, against Manchester United at home and Liverpool away, so it’s not a bad thing to be good in those games. If we get that level of performance throughout the season, then we’ll be fine.”
Mark Hughes: “We will go there strong, and we are looking forward to it. We have a lot of guys who are itching to get their season started, so we will bring a number of them and get them involved and obviously we will try and progress.”
Brighton’s main source of goals is normally striker Glenn Murray, and he is already up-and-running, having scored in the 3-2 home win over Manchester United. The Seagulls’ success is also built on the pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk at the back, with Duffy also having already netted a goal this season, in the victory over United.
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand opened his goal account for the season in the home game against Leicester at the weekend, netting a thunderous strike from 18 yards, and manager Mark Hughes will be hopeful of his captain continuing to be an influential presence at both ends of the pitch.
This will be the 43rd contest between the sides, with Saints having dominated the fixture so far…
Previous five meetings:
January 2018: Southampton 1-1 Brighton (Stephens)
October 2017: Brighton 1-1 Southampton (Davis)
January 2012: Brighton 3-0 Southampton
November 2011: Southampton 3-0 Brighton (Lambert 3)
April 2011: Brighton 1-2 Southampton (Connolly, Fonte)
DID YOU KNOW?
The teams have only met in the League Cup once before, with Saints winning 3-0 at the Withdean Stadium in September 2001.
Saints manager Mark Hughes has progressed from his last eight League Cup second-round ties.
However, Hughes’s last exit at this stage was against Brighton, in the 2008/09 season, as his Manchester City side were beaten 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
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