Its been a quite surreal start to the campaign for the Seagulls, 12 games in and they still haven’t lost a game, a record which only they hold in the whole of England! The unbeaten Seagulls welcome Preston to the south coast for their first meeting for 10 years, in what should be another tight, tense game.
Preston recorded only their second victory of the season on Tuesday with an away win against Charlton, but will give them a much needed boost for the visit to the AMEX. After a solid start to their life back in the Championship, the Lilywhites have since struggled to find any rhythm in their game, which has resulted in them hanging above the trapdoor to League One. Their victory against Charlton has come at a much needed time, with important games to come before the November break, with visits of Bolton and Nott’m Forest to come after their trip to Brighton, before a tricky trip to QPR. They do however welcome back their main talisman Joe Garner, who has finished his 3 match suspension, and will be a much needed boost to Simon Grayson. Top scorer Daniel Johnson has found his eye for goals so far with 5 from midfield, and so expect him to take a few long-rangers during the game. Paul Gallagher will provide the threat from the top, with 3 goals to his name this season, he will defiantly be wanting to add to his tally.
Brighton will welcome back winger Jamie Murphy after his 3 match suspension, and looks set to be re-called into the side at the expense of Solly March. Mainstay midfielder Beram Kayal will miss out, due to him picking up 5 bookings, but it will give a chance for Andrew Crofts to get some much needed game time. Gordon Greer looks set to return to the starting XI and captaincy role. One big headache for Chris Hughton is whether to give Booby Zamora a start, after 2 goals in 2 games. After a lightning start to life in the Championship, Tomer Hemed has since hit blanks, and Hughton might feel he could be better off coming on from the bench.
There have only been 6 previous meeting between the 2 teams, with the last of them being 10 years ago. During that 05/06 season both games finished 0-0, and Brighton only win against Preston was back in August of 2004. Preston last win was in April of the same season. Evidence suggests that this will be a hard game to predict, not just scoreline wise, but also team wise too. Based on previous results from this season, it looks like both teams will score, but expect it to be tight and tense.
Bruno, Greer, Hunemeier, Bong
Rosenior, Crofts, Stephens, Murphy
Brighton 1-1 Preston