As we exit, what was the hoodoo month, we enter what is statistically the Seagulls best month. Since moving into the AMEX, the Albion have played 20 matches in November, winning 10, drawing 6 and losing 4. Don’t forget, last season Brighton lost and drew 2 in November, so take away the 5 games played last season the record stands at; PL 15, W 9, D 4, L 2. Good reading right? However what isn’t, is the record which the possess when visiting Hillsborough. The Seagulls have never won at Hillsborough, and could struggle to with the incredible form shown by the Owls of recent games, which includes dumping Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup.
Carlos Carvahal’s side are currently on an 8 league game unbeaten run, after losing 3 of their first 6 games. They have only lost once at home this season, and that was to a rampant Middlesbrough side back in August. Like Brighton, the goals have been shared out, with 5 players on 2 goals, but Fernando Forestieri is their leading scorer with 4 and will pose a threat to the Albion defence as much as he did against Arsenal. Ross Wallace, who is one of the 5 to have scored 2 goals, will be pulling the strings in midfield and will be looking to provide for big centre forward Lucas Joao, who is another player on 2 goals.
Brighton will travel North in the hope of breaking their Hillsborough hoodoo, and it will likely be without captain Gordon Greer who is set to miss out again. Bruno is set to recover from cramp however, and should be fit for the starting XI. Jamie Murphy’s second Albion goal looks like it will convince Chris Hughton to start the Scotsman again, but whether its in a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2 remains to be seen; Personally I wouldn’t change the team that drew with Reading.
As mentioned before, the Seagulls have never won at Hillsborough, and have a awful record of late against the Owls. They haven’t beaten them since September 2012, with the Seagulls seeing a red card in 2 of the other 5 games since the last victory. Other than last seasons 0-0 draw in February, Brighton haven’t taken any points away from Sheffield since October 2005. Statistically it looks like pretty doom and gloom for the Seagulls.
Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior
Crofts, Kayal, Stephens
Baldock, Hemed, Murphy
Sheff Wed 1-1 Brighton