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Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton

28th March 2019, 22:19 by Warren Ashurst

Two teams battling to survive in the Premier League meet at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, as Brighton and Southampton clash.

Brighton start the weekend in 15th with 33 points from 29 games - five points outside the relegation zone - while 16th place Southampton can go level with the Seagulls if they collect the three points.

All three league meetings since the hosts' promotion to the Premier League have finished in draws, including a 2-2 scoreline when the two teams met at St Mary's back September. Saints though did win 1-0 at the Amex in the League Cup.

Chris Hughton will still be without Pascal Gross for Saturday's game, with the midfielder sidelined by a hamstring injury he suffered in the 2-1 defeat at Leicester last month.

Florin Andone will undergo a fitness test, as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury suffered in the warm-up at Crystal Palace three weeks ago. Hughton is also expected to make a late decision on whether Davy Propper will start, with the Netherlands deciding not to risk the midfielder in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany.

Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhuttl has described this game as a 'six-point' encounter, but also admitted that "a point could be an important one for us".

The Saints boss has received a major boost ahead of the crunch fixture, with Danny Ings back in contention. The England international has not played since the draw with Burnley in February, due to a hamstring injury, but he has trained over the international break without any issues.

Hasenhuttl though says it's highly unlikely Shane Long will recover in time from injury, although the manager says he will give the striker as long as possible to prove his fitness.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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