A hard game in prospect in Lancashire on Saturday, as Brighton visit Preston. Brighton have never won at Preston, but now would be a great time to get that first win, with the season coming to a close, and points being needed more with promotion being a realistic aim, with them just 2 points off an automatic place. It’s safe to say, that unless anything drastic happens a play-off place is assured, so as we come around the corner before the home straight, it’s time to build up a head of steam before the final push.
Eoin Doyle will be available for this game after sitting out the last against his parent club Cardiff. There aren’t any injury concerns for SImon Grayson to worry about, and may name the same side for the 5th straight game. Daniel Johnson is the leading scorer with 7 goals, while Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher are both tied with 5.
FACT; Preston had not won at home in their first 7 championship games, but have since won 7 of the other 10 games.
Brighton will welcome back Gaetan Bong to the team, after his injury has left him out since the visit of Preston back in October. Uwe Hunemeier and Kazenga LuaLua are the only known absentees. Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock will be looking to continue their fine partnership; Brighton have not lost in 16 games this season when they have been paired together (11 wins, 5 draws)
FACT; After back-to-back 4-0 wins, Brighton are now the 4th highest championship scorers with 49 goals (Burnley 53, Fulham 51, Sheff Wed 50)
Earlier This Season: BHAFC - PNEFC (24/10/15);
It was a bore draw earlier theirs season at the AMEX, with little clear-cut chances made in a scrappy affair.
In the 7 games between the 2 sides, Brighton have come out on top only once, while Preston have 2 wins. The previous 3 games have all been 0-0 draws, but expect nothing simliar, with both teams desperate for the 3 points; Preston to push a step closer to a play-off spot and Brighton to keep pressure on the 3 promotion rivals above.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Preston 1-1 Brighton