March 29, 2018 / 3:29 AM / 24 days ago

Soccer: Five memorable Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City matches

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City will meet for the 31st time in all competitions on Saturday. We look at some notable clashes between the sides.

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Leicester City 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 (Championship (second tier), April 2014)

Striker Leonardo Ulloa scored a brace while defender Stephen Ward and midfielder Jesse Lingard also found the net as Brighton thumped promoted Leicester 4-1 and end the home side’s 21-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

Ward opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a low header. He then turned provider seven minutes later, finding an unmarked Lingard in the box with a perfect cross. The on-loan Manchester United player nodded the ball home to double the lead.

Ulloa collected a looping pass over the defence before rounding Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to score his first of the evening. The Argentine completed the rout 10 minutes from time with a headed goal from inside the box.

Leicester substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher tucked away winger Lloyd Dyer’s cross for a consolation goal.

Leicester finished as champions to return to the Premier League while sixth-placed Brighton made the playoffs, where they lost 6-2 to Derby County over two legs in the semi-finals.

Brighton and Hove Albion 3 Leicester City 1 (Championship, Dec. 2013)

Striker Ashley Barnes scored two goals, including a second-half penalty, while winger Craig Conway added a third goal as Brighton outclassed Leicester 3-1 to hand Nigel Pearson’s side their second straight Championship defeat.

Barnes struck at the far post after running on to a neat pass from midfielder David Lopez in the ninth minute. Conway, on loan from Cardiff City, chested down Lopez’s cross and finished from close range on 28 minutes.

Leicester dragged themselves back into the match on 64 minutes as midfielder Andy King headed in winger Anthony Knockaert’s free kick.

Barnes went down inside the box from defender Wes Morgan’s challenge before he picked himself up and slotted home the penalty to seal the victory.

Leicester City 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 (Premier League, Aug. 2017)

An early goal from forward Shinji Okazaki and a second-half strike by defender Harry Maguire helped Leicester beat Brighton 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to hand the Premier League newcomers a second defeat in their second top-flight game.

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Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez dribbled past a number of Brighton defenders before unleashing a shot in the first minute. Brighton goalkeeper blocked the effort but Okazaki was on hand to rifle home the rebound to make it 1-0.

Mahrez turned provider again for the second goal in the 54th minute, whipping in a corner that Maguire nodded in at the back post for his first goal for the 2016 league champions.

Brighton ploughed on in the second half but failed to create clear chances despite dominating possession.

Brighton and Hove Albion 3 Leicester City 2 (League One, Oct. 2008)

Brighton’s debutant midfielder Bradley Johnson scored a brace to cancel out Leicester striker Matty Fryatt’s first-half double before an own goal from defender Jack Hobbs handed the south-coast club a 3-2 home victory in a League One clash.

Fryatt took advantage of poor defending by Brighton’s back line to fire in a low shot from inside the box on 35 minutes. He then pounced on a loose ball seven minutes later to make it 2-0.

Johnson made it 2-1 with a low drive from distance on the hour mark. With six minutes to go, Brighton drew level through Johnson’s second, a powerful shot from outside the box once again.

Brighton were rewarded for their relentless pressure in the closing stages, as Hobbs turned in striker Joe Anyinsah’s cross from the right into his own net in the 89th minute.

Brighton finished the season in 16th while Leicester were crowned champions to gain promotion to the Championship.

Leicester City 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 (Division One, April. 2003)

First-half goals from midfielder Muzzy Izzet and defender Jordan Stewart helped Micky Adams’ Leicester seal a 2-0 victory and a return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Izzet fired Leicester into the lead in the 10th minute of the match, diving low at the near post to meet forward Paul Dickov’s cross from the left with a glancing header.

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The Turkey international then swung in a corner that Stewart headed in powerfully just before the break, much to the delight of nearly 32,000 home fans.

Leicester defied near bankruptcy and a change of manager to end the season second behind Portsmouth, while Brighton were relegated after finishing second from bottom in 23rd position.

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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