A record-breaking day it could be tomorrow at the AMEX, only if Brighton can avoid defeat against lowly MK Dons. Brighton are tied level on 16 games, for the longest unbeaten streak in the clubs history, a record which stretches back to 1930!! Even if they don’t break the record, it has been an amazing run, which has seen the Seagulls sit top of the table for a majority of the season thus far, although they now sit 3rd after an away draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. MK Dons have had a mixed start to life in the second tier, they started well away to Rotherham back in August (1-4) but have since have lost 9 of the remaining 14 games, although 3 of those games have been wins, all at home. MK Dons have picked up 5 points from a possible 21 away from home, and have lost the previous 2 games 2-0 and 3-0. Expect goals in this game too, as MK Dons have only kept 4 clean sheets, and let in 21 goals.
MK Dons picked up their first points in 4 games on Tuesday at home to Charlton in a tight 1-0 win. They had their fair share of defending in the second half, and if it wasn’t for keeper David Martin, they could of gone away with nothing . Dean Bowditch will be the Dons attacking threat; he is one of 5 players who are top scorers for MK with 2 goals. One of those 5 players, Ben Reeves, is set to miss the game with a calf injury as too is former Albion favourite Matt Upson. The Dons can re-call Kyle McFazdean after he served his 1 match suspension on Tuesday.
After 3 back-to-back draws, the Seagulls will be looking to get back to winning ways, especially being at home, being they have won 5 of the 7 played their thus far. Brighton look set to with out Gordon Greer again, but Kazenga LuaLua is ruled out; he should be available after the international break. Chris Hughton could name the same team that played on Tuesday, but it looks as if he will name a strong attacking team to try and take home the 3 points. Although he is on a 7 game goal-drought Tomer Hemed is still the Albion’s top scorer with 5, but he has seemed to edge nearer to breaking that drought in recent games.
These encounters have been extremely feisty in the last 4 games; 25 cards have been produced and 4 have been red cards! The last meeting was back in February of 2011, when Brighton were top of League One and closing on a return to the Championship, they did lose that game 1-0. MK Dons also hold a solid record against Brighton; 4 wins out of 7 against the Seagulls. Brighton’s last win against MK was in the title winning season of 2010/2011, but the only other win for the Seagulls was in the very first encounter in the JP Trophy back in 2006! I would back Brighton to get back on the winning trail, but it will be tight against a team desperate for points. I would also stick a cheeky fiver on a red card to be produced 😉
Bruno, Dunk, Hunemeier, Rosenior
March, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy
Brighton 2-0 MK Dons