After beating their hosts record with a draw on Saturday away to Derby, the Seagulls will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 22 games, 21 for the season! The face a QPR side who are still adapting to life under new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
QPR start striker Charlie Austin has struggled in recent weeks with a calf injury and hasn’t started for the Hoops for over 5 games, but Hasselbaink might give him the chance on Tuesday as he regains his fitness. If Austin isn’t fit enough to start Matt Phillips, who has played every minute of every game this season, is expected to start. Tjaronn Chery and Massimo Luongo has been signalled as QPR’s danger men in midfield, with them scoring 4 between them and setting up 6. Ex Brighton man Grant Hall is set to lead the defensive line in Clint Hill’s absence.
Brighton have Solly March added to their list of growing injury concerns, after the winger went off injured away at Derby. More positive news though, as it seems that Sam Baldock has resumed training earlier than expected and Kazenga LuaLua will be back by the end of the week, still Gaetan Bong and Liam Rosenior are both out until past the New Year. Rajiv van La Parra is poised to make his first Albion start, while Bobby Zamora will be facing his former club for the first time.
Brighton have come out trumps against QPR in recent games, with QPR not beating the Albion since September 2004. Brighton haven’t lost against QPR in the last 5 meetings (2W, 3D, 0L). The last meeting at Loftus Road back in September 2013 finished 0-0, and we can expect the same low-scoring game again, as QPR don’t ship too many in at home (5 home clean sheets in a row), even back in their Premier League days, however they do score quite a few though with 17 of their 24 goals coming at home, although they have drawn blanks in 3 of their last 5 home games.
Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Calderon;
La Parra, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
QPR 0-0 Brighton