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Preview: U23s vs Brighton & Hove Albion (h)

Preview: U23s vs Brighton & Hove Albion (h)

All you need to know ahead of Friday evening's Premier League Cup tie against the Seagulls...

Fixture: Hull City U23s vs Brighton & Hove Albion U23s
Where: Eon Visual Media Stadium
When: Friday 9th February 2018
Kick-Off: 7pm

The Under-23s return to Premier League Cup Group Stage action on Friday evening when they host Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Tigers head into the match knowing they need to win to keep alive their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stage. With one win, one draw and two defeats from their opening four group games, Jon Beale's side currently occupy fourth place in the group, two points behind Brighton and Sunderland on six points and three behind leaders Exeter City.

The Seagulls come into the game on a good run of form having registered three successive wins, the first of which was a 3-1 home victory over Sunderland in the previous game in the competition in mid-January.

Friday evening's Premier League Group Stage clash will take place at North Ferriby United's Eon Visual Media Stadium and will kick-off at 7pm. Match updates will be available via Twitter by following @Tigers_Academy, while a match report will be available on both www.hullcitytigers.com and www.hulltigersacademy.com.

Tickets: Admission to the game is FREE for all Members, whilst prices for non-members are £4 Adults and £2 Concessions.

How They Fare: Brighton & Hove Albion U23s
League Position: 6th (Premier League 2 Division 2)
League Wins: 6
League Draws: 6
League Defeats: 4
League Goals Scored: 25
League Goals Conceded: 23
Form: D L W W W

Last Time Out: Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Aston Villa 0
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Under-23s secured an impressive victory in the Premier League 2 Division 2 as they produced a dominant display to beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Second-half goals from Tyler Forbes, James Tilley and Henrik Bjordal sealed all three points for the Seagulls against the high-flying Villans, as added experience in Albion’s side helped Simon Rusk’s team on the south coast with Liam Rosenior, Uwe Huenemeier and Sam Baldock included in the starting line-up, while there was also a return for Robert Sanchez between the posts.

Brighton: Sanchez, Rosenior, Huenemeier, Dallison, Cox, Sanders, Moore, Forbes (Tilley 62), Baldock, Alzate (Bjordal 85), Connolly.
Subs Not Used: Collings, Cochrane, J.Davies.

Previous Meeting: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Hull City 3
The Tigers recorded their first win in the Group Stage of the Premier League Cup with an impressive 3-2 victory over Category One Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Looking to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat to Exeter City in their opening fixture of the competition, Jon Beale’s side made the perfect start - taking the lead after just 80 seconds through Ben Hinchliffe, only to pegged back by Steven Alzate’s equaliser on 27 minutes.

However the Tigers restored their lead four minutes before the break when Keane Lewis-Potter advanced forward into space and rolled the ball to Hinchliffe, and when the striker’s shot was palmed into the path of Tom Powell, the diminutive front-man made no mistake with a composed finish.

Albion had a flurry of corners early in the second half and finally made one count 11 minutes after the restart. Soufyan Ahannach’s whipped delivery was met by Kerr, and his glancing header across goal was tapped in by Baldock at the back post.

The Tigers were reduced to ten men 12 minutes from time when Lewis Ritson received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. However, despite their numerical disadvantage, the ten-man Tigers went in search of a winner on the counter-attack just two minutes later, and it was Lewis-Potter who delivered the match-winning moment, firing him from close-range to secure all three points.