The battle of 2 of the leagues in-form teams play out on Tuesday, as Brighton travel to Hull in what is set to be cracker. With Brighton winning their previous 4 games, they have given themselves a big chance to close the gap at the top, and make it more nail-biting for all teams involved. Both teams are expected to go all out for the 3 points, with Hull looking to better their chances of an automatic promotion spot, while Brighton will look to tighten things up at the top, by going level with Hull on points.
Nick Powell could be used for the first time since his arrival on deadline day, while Chuba Akpom and Issac Hayden are more than likely to be used due Hull’s involvement in the F.A Cup this weekend, as they can’t play against their parent club (Arsenal). Abel Hernandez will be looking to add to his 16 goals this term, as he chases down Andre Gray for the golden boot.
Fact – Hull have won all 14 of their home games bar 2 draws and 1 defeat, including their last game which was a 6-0 thumping against Charlton.
James Wilson and Liam Rosenior have both been added to the squad travelling to Hull, but it’s unknown if they will be in the matchday 18. Gordon Greer is set to miss the game, but is in line to return for Saturday’s fixture away at Cardiff. Tomer Hemed scored for the second consecutive game last time out, which means he is now the leading Albion scorer with 8, while Jamie Murphy had also scored for the second consecutive game; he is on 5 goals.
Fact – Brighton have only lost once away in 14 games, but have drawn the most in England’s top 4 divisions with 9; they did win their last away game however against Blackburn.
In the 9 games played between the 2, Brighton have won 5 of the games while Hull have won 2. Last time out at the KC Stadium, Brighton lost last month in the F.A Cup 1-0, as well as in the league back in the 2012/13 season by the same score line. Brighton have won the previous 2 league meetings between the sides, winning both 1-0, but both wins were at home. Brighton have only won once at the KC in the league (1W, 1D, 2L), only scoring twice and that was back in the 2000/01 season game.
Earlier In The Season: BHAFC - HCAFC (12/9/15);
Brighton took the points in this early top-of-the-table clash, with a goal from Tomer Hemed inside the first 5 minutes; it was his 3rd goal in 2 games.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Calderon;
Knockaert, Kayal, Sidwell, Murphy;
Hull 1-1 Brighton