After a 2 week break, it’s back to business for Brighton, with a tough home game against Brentford for everyone to see via the Sky cameras. After winning their last 2 games, the Seagulls will be looking to cement their position inside the play-offs, especially with many teams around them slipping up in recent weeks, and with most of them playing each other in weeks to come. Last season’s play-off semi-finalists Brentford have had a slow season, but with plenty of football still left, they could yet make a charge for a play-off spot.
Brentford could finally give Lewis MacLeod his debut after unfortunate spell of injuries has kept him sidelined. Alan McCormack, Scott Hogan and Andreas Bjelland are all sidelined however. Brentford managed to hang on to in-demand midfielder Alan Judge in January, and will be key if Brentford are to make a play-off surge. Brentford will take great pride of being the league’s highest away scorers (23), and of course will be looking to add to that tally, with the help of Lassa Vibe, Philipp Hofmann and Marco Djuricin who have scored 15 goals between them. David Button and Jake Bidwell are still ever present in the Brentford team. Completing every minute of every Championship game this season.
Kazenga LuaLua should be back upto full fitness now, but Sam Baldock and Gordon Greer will be sidelined for the game. Gaetan Bong, Uwe Hunemeier and Liam Rosenior are nearing full training, but it will be a few weeks before we see them again. New signing Jiri Skalak could make his debut after signing on transfer deadline day, but is expected to sit out as to build up match fitness. However, other new signing Steve Sidwell is in line to play, after joining on-loan for the rest of the season.
Earlier This Season (BFC - BHAFC | 26/12/15) ;
A goalless draw at Griffin Park on a cold Boxing Dat afternoon, which was welcomed for the Albion after suffering their first defeat of the season the week previous to Middlesbrough. Brentford should of won the game however, but couldn’t find the net with their plentiful of shots.
Both teams have won 8 times, while the other 6 games have been draws. Brighton have won 3 of the last 5 home games, while Brentford have won 1 of those games, which came here last season. Brentford are unbeaten in the last 3 league meetings with the Seagulls, and will be looking to make it 4 for the first time since 1954. 5 of the last 7 league meetings between the Seagulls and the Bees have been very low scoring; only 3 goals scored in those games, while the other 2 have produced 3 goals and 5 goals.
Bruno, Dunk, Goldson, Ridgwell;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stepehens, Murphy;
Brighton 1-0 Brentford