Dougall called in to Socceroos camp

Australia coach Graham Arnold has brought Barnsley midfielder Kenneth Dougall into his squad for a training camp after Aaron Mooy picked up an injury.

Dougall will become the fifth uncapped player in Arnold's squad of 24 when he arrives in the UAE.

He replaces Mooy who suffered a slight groin strain during Huddersfield's 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend.

Dougall will get the chance to train his way into the side for a debut in next week's friendly against Kuwait.

Arnold said he had spoken to Mooy and Huddersfield's sporting director Olaf Rebbe about the player's fitness.

"While it's a pity that Aaron won't be joining us for this camp, Aaron's ability and importance to both teams is clear, so it is paramount that we help him manage his fitness for the long-term benefit of both club and country," he added.

Speaking of Dougall, the coach said: "[He] performed strongly in his first Socceroos camp in Turkey, and will now receive another opportunity to impress as we continue to add to the pool of players capable of performing for Australia on the international stage."

Brisbane-born Dougall has played four times at U23 level for Australia.

The 25-year-old joined Barnsley earlier this year after four years in the Netherlands, with Telstar and then Sparta Rotterdam.

The Socceroos will be without keeper Mat Ryan against Kuwait next week, in what is the first outing under new coach Arnold.

Ryan, who was the first choice gloveman at the last two World Cups, has been given the international break off to help manage an unspecified minor injury.

It will leave Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones and Mitchell Langerak to vie for the start against Kuwait.

Mat Ryan's Brighton & Hove Albion are 5/1 to be relegated from the Premier League.

Brighton are 5/1 to finish in the top half of the table.

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Pellegrini frustrated by defeat

Manuel Pellegrini urged his West Ham side to continue improving after what he felt was an undeserved 1-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton on Friday evening.

A Glenn Murray proved to be the difference between the two sides at the AMEX Stadium, with the Irons paying the penalty for failing to take several clear chances in the second half.

That left Pellegrini disappointed with a result which ended a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

He told Sky Sports: "I am frustrated because I think we do the things to win the game.

"We had three clear chances to score and didn't. They had one chance in the first half and then defended. We deserved more.

"We didn't play a bad game, we were better than Brighton, but with eight games played we don't have too many points. We must continue improving."

Meanwhile, Hammers skipper Mark Noble admitted that his side need to be more clinical in front of goal to avoid further problems down the line.

He added: "We've had a great couple of weeks and in spells we played like we can play and we should definitely have scored at least one, but to be fair to Brighton they defended really well and we couldn't break them down.

"If you don't score goals you lose games and that's what happened to us here."

West Ham are now priced at 8/1 to be relegated this season, while they are available at 2/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

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Defensive duo commit to Seagulls

Central defensive pairing Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have both signed new five-year contracts with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The duo are now both under contract with the Seagulls until the summer of 2023, a situation which has come as a major boost to boss Chris Hughton.

He told the club's official website: "I am delighted for both Lewis and Shane. They have been terrific players for the club, helping us win promotion and establish ourselves in the Premier League last season.

"They have formed a very good central defensive partnership and have played a really important role in what we have achieved.

"Both are vital members of the squad and it is very pleasing that they have committed their long-term futures to the club."

Twenty-six-year-old Republic of Ireland international Duffy joined Albion in the summer of 2016 from Blackburn Rovers and has since made 75 league appearances for the club, scoring four times.

Dunk, also 26, has spent the whole of his career to date with Brighton, making well over 200 appearances in all competitions for his hometown club.

Brighton are available at 2/9 not to be relegated from the Premier League  this season, while they are 10/3 to drop back down to the Championship after two seasons in the top-flight.

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Hughton welcomes Izquierdo return

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is looking forward to having winger Jose Izquierdo back in the fold, with the Colombia international having recovered from a knee injury.

The 26-year-old has only made one appearance for the Seagulls so far this season, that coming as a late substitute in the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City last weekend.

However, Izquierdo could be handed a starting role against a resurgent Hammers side at the Amex Stadium on Friday evening, with the former Club Brugge man having scored in both meetings of the two teams last season.

Hughton told reporters: "It's good to have him back, he's missed all of pre-season but played 45 minutes of an under-23 game last week.

"He's a player that's given us goals last season and it's very, very welcome to have him back.

"You can't expect or think as though you'll have any repeat of what happened last year, but of course we want to win and will chase that, especially in our home games.

"Jose certainly did well in those matches last year and it's great to have him back. But, again, these are different circumstances."

Meanwhile, Hughton is waiting to see whether Dale Stephens has recovered sufficiently from a hamstring problem to take his place in the Albion squad, while also confirming that an ankle injury means Pascal Gross misses out.

Albion won this fixture 3-1 last season, with Glenn Murray, Izquierdo and Gross their goalscorers and they are 7/4 to secure another victory on Friday evening.

The Seagulls are 8/1 to edge a 1-0 success, with both teams to score priced at 4/5.

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Guardiola upbeat about De Bruyne

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is back in training, as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

The 27-year-old Belgium international has been sidelined for well over a month after suffering an injury to his right knee during training, with De Bruyne having made just a single appearance for the Citizens so far this season.

However, ahead of a Premier League visit from Brighton on Saturday, Guardiola has confirmed that his player is making good progress in his ongoing recovery.

The Spaniard told reporters: "He's making the last steps (towards recovery). He will start taking a small part in training in the next few days and everything is going well."

Meanwhile, Guardiola warned his players not to take visiting Brighton lightly, with the Seagulls having already beaten Manchester United this season and lost narrowly 1-0 at Liverpool.

He added: "We know what Brighton have done against United at home and they were so close to getting points in Anfield. I watched the game, they played so good in the second half.

"They are a really good side with a good manager and have been together for a long time in the Championship and Premier League – three, four seasons. They know exactly what they have to do."

City secured a 3-1 win at home to Albion last season and are 12/1 to repeat that result on Saturday, with the hosts 10/3 to win by a two-goal margin and 8/15 to keep a clean sheet.

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Hughton calls for dogged display

Brighton boss Chris Hughton hopes his side can frustrate Manchester City when they visit last season's champions on Saturday.

The Seagulls defended doggedly at Anfield last month before only losing 1-0 to Liverpool, 7/4 to be Premier League champions this term, and hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Southampton earlier in September.

Brighton have been less impressive on home soil and lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham last weekend.

Hughton remains upbeat though, saying: "You have to look at the good examples we have had, particularly away from home and try and get as close to that as you can.

"In the form that they're in, the two toughest games are Liverpool and City away. But you always have to look at the plusses in those type of games. Nobody expects us to get anything, which helps take the pressure off.

"But it's a game we want to stay in and do as well as we can. That's the great challenge the players have.

"We will have to be defensively resilient but also good on the ball. If you keep giving it back there's generally only one outcome."

Brighton, 33/1 to beat Manchester City, will be without Dale Stephens (hamstring) and Pascal Gross (ankle) on Saturday due to injury. A 3-0 City victory this weekend is available at 11/2.

Pochettino refuses to rush Dele

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he will not risk rushing injured England international midfielder Dele Alli back into the action.

The 22-year-old has not featured since the recent international break, sitting out the losses to Liverpool and Inter Milan due to a hamstring problem.

He is close to being in contention for a place in the Spurs squad for the visit to Brighton on Saturday, but Pochettino insists that the interests of his players will always come first when a return to the fold is under discussion.

He told reporters: "We still we need to wait until tomorrow to assess whether he will be part of the squad. Maybe we need to wait a few days more to involve him.

"We are never going to put ourselves or our interests in front of taking risks for a player. It's impossible.

"We need to feel they are 100 per cent. Football is a sport you always assume the risk, but if you are conscious to take a risk it is impossible to take that decision."

Meanwhile, Pochettino insists that he will not make major changes despite three consecutive defeats, adding: "You cannot change because you win or lose. That is the most important thing.

"If you are strong, in the end you are going to have success. If you change it is difficult to have success because you cannot work day by day."

Tottenham are 8/11 to win at Brighton on Saturday, with Harry Kane 8/11 to score at any time, while the Londoners are 5/6 to secure a top-four finish come the end of the season.

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Late Inter loss deflates Poch

Mauricio Pochettino was left disappointed that a good performance by Tottenham Hotspur counted for little as they were beaten 2-1 at Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Spurs appeared to be on course for a famous victory in the San Siro when they led 1-0 with five minutes to play, courtesy of a Christian Eriksen goal.

However, the hosts hit back late on through Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino to snatch victory and leave head coach Pochettino frustrated by what he felt was a strong display go unrewarded.

He said at his post-match press conference: "The performance was good from the team, the result should have been different and I think everyone will agree.

"The team deserved much more and I think that was our best performance since we started the season, but we lost the game.

"The team played so well, I am happy with their performance and their character but, of course, disappointed with the result.

"Of course, we stay positive. It will be tough to play against Barcelona (next), but we need to win, we need to try to give our best. But first of all we have Brighton on Saturday."

Spurs have now lost their last three games, all by a 2-1 scoreline, with the defeat in Milan following Premier League reverses against Watford and Liverpool.

The Londoners will be looking to get back on track on Saturday when they head to the South Coast to take on Brighton, with this Premeir League fixture having ended 1-1 last season.

Another 1-1 draw on Saturday is priced at 7/1, with the visitors 8/1 to claim a 2-0 victory and 15/2 to win thanks to the only goal of the game.

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Hughes seeks end to poor run

Southampton manager Mark Hughes sees no reason why his players should be apprehensive about playing at St Mary's.

Saints have been poor at home for over a year, winning just four Premier League matches on their own patch in the last 26 attempts.

This season they have drawn with rock-bottom Burnley and lost to Leicester City on home soil, with their only top-flight victory coming a fortnight ago at Selhurst Park.

Saints host Brighton on Monday and are 21/20 to record a rare home triumph and 11/2 to edge to a 1-0 victory.

Hughes said: "I think it has been (a mental block) but I sense there is a bit more freedom about our play at home.

"There is a good energy in the stadium now in terms of fans seeing a real difference in our play in terms of our attitude to the game and what we're trying to do.

"Certainly it seemed when I first came into the building that there was a bit of a straitjacket in terms of apprehension before home games. I think that's gone.

"Our home form needs to be addressed and that's what we've been talking about."

Southampton have not won back-to-back league games since April 2017 but they are 9/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this term and 6/1 to score a penalty against the Seagulls.

Hughton takes pragmatic line

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has admitted that he does not care how boring his side are so long as they avoid relegation.

The Seagulls stayed up last term despite struggling for goals, particularly on their travels.

They face Southampton at St Mary's on Monday and Mark Hughes' team are similarly shot-shy.

Hughton said: "It's all about getting points. It's still about staying in this division and getting the points however you need to be.

"Apart from the top six, I am quite sure that if you ask most managers they would prefer to be a little boring and be guaranteed 50 points. They'd probably take that."

Jurgen Locadia will be on the bench again at Southampton while Romanian striker Florin Andone is close to a return to action as he continues his recovery from a groin problem.

Hughton added: "If you're a centre-forward or a forward player, if you aren't starting a game, there are more chances you will be involved in games than any other position.

"That is why we need the ones we've got very much on their toes and pushing for places."

Glenn Murray is 11/4 to score at any time at St Mary's in a match Brighton are 9/1 to win 1-0.