Huge game at the AMEX on Tuesday night, as Brighton take on Reading. It has been a contrasting season for both teams, with Brighton possibly over-achieving while Reading under-achieving, but with Reading’s exit from the F.A Cup last Friday, they can now focus on keeping their Championhsip status, with them looming only 8 points above the relegation places.
Jake Cooper will be suspended for this game, after being sent off during the Royal’s F.A Cup defeat against Crystal Palace. Yann Kermogant and George Evans are both available after being cup-tied last time. Danny Williams is the leading scorer with 5 goals, while Lucas Piazon, Ola John and Hal Robson Kanu are all on 3 goal apiece.
FACT; The Royals have lost 10 of their 17 away games so far, and have only won once in 11 games.
Beram Kayal is expected to gain a re-call to the starting XI after being benched last week. Chris Hughton has no new injury concerns, and is just waiting for Uwe Hunemeier to return to full training, which is a couple of weeks away. Tomer Hemed remains the Seagulls top scorer with 11, with Bobby Zamora close behind with 7.
FACT; Last Tuesday’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday was their 14th of the season, and their 7th 0-0.
Earlier In The Season: RFC - BHAFC (31/10/15);
It finished level earlier in the season; Jamie Murphy opened the scoring for the Albion, but a error from David Stockdale allowed Matij Vydra to bag an equaliser.
Brighton have only won 3 times in 17 games against Reading, while the Royals have won 8. 5 of the last 7 games between the 2 have been draws with the other 2 being a win for either side. Brighton haven’t beaten Reading in the league, however, since April 2003. But with Brighton needing the 3 points to keep up with the promotion chasers, they are more likely to be the team to go away with the 3 points.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Brighton 2-1 Reading