Brighton host Bolton this weekend at the AMEX, and while it may seem like a routine win against the league’s worst away team, it could infact turn out to be a potential banana skin. Bolton have only taken 4 points away from home all season, but they are on a unbeaten run of 3 games, after only picking up 2 wins in their previous 27! But with their current run, along with the sad death of their chairman Phil Gartside, they will be fired up for the challenge which awaits them on the south coast. Brighton will be looking to make it 4 wins in a row, after winning their last game, at home, to Brentford 3-0 in front of the Sky cameras last Friday evening.
Bolton could welcome back forward Zach Clough, after a month spell on the sidelines with a hip injury; however Gary Madine (back, Dean Moxey (dead leg) and Liam Trotter (hamstring) are all expected to miss the game. Madine is Bolton’s top scorer with 5, but with him out it will be down to Wellington Silva and ex-Brighton man Stephen Dobbie (both 2 goals) to provide the goals, although Liam Feeney has 4 from midfield.
Fact – Bolton are yet to win away from home in the league this season (4D, 11L)
Brighton are expected to name the same side as last week’s win against Brentford, with Gordon Greer still missing. On the brighter side Sam Baldock is expected to make a return to the bench, along with January signing Jiri Skalak, while Liam Rosenior and Gaetan Bong both resume full training. This will also be Liam Ridgewell’s last game, before heading back to the States. Bobby Zamora and Tomer Hemed are both locked on 7 goals each, and will both be looking to add to that tally in the race for double figures.
Fact – Brighton are on a 3 game winning run, after enduring a 7 game streak without winning and 5 games without scoring during that streak.
In the 7 matches played Brighton have won 3 and Bolton have won 2. Previously at the AMEX, Brighton won 2-1, Sami Hyypia’s first home league win in his short tenture. Bolton won the previous winning game, when they beat Brighton in the reverse fixture last year at the Macron 1-0. Brighton have never lost at home to Bolton (2W, 1D), and have scored 6 goals in the process, however Bolton have scored in each one of those games. Both teams have scored in each of the previous 7 games too.
Earlier In The Season: BWFC - BHAFC (26/9/15);
The 2 sides had to share the points earlier in the season at the Macron. Goals from Dale Stephens and Jamie Murphy had put Brighton 2-0 up inside 35mins, but a goal before half-time from Neil Danns, and a 90+4 minute equaliser from Gary Madine completed the comeback against 10 men Brighton, after Murphy was wrongly sent off for the first time in his career.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Ridgewell;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Brighton 2-1 Bolton