Possibly the biggest game ever played at The AMEX will take place tomorrow, as promotion-chasing Brighton take on a Derby side, who have already secured a play-off place, but will want a win to help secure a home 2nd leg against Hull. With Middlesbrough slipping up on Friday night away at Birmingham, Brighton know a win would take them top, and give then the upper hand going into the crunch game next weekend on Teeside.
Bradley Johnson will be assessed ahead of the game, but Jeff Hendricks and Lee Grant are both definatly out. Interim manager Darren Wassall may name an unchanged side, from the team that drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
FACT; Derby have lost 3 of their last 6 away games, but they have won their last 2.
Liam Rosenior should be fit to play, after coming off with a injury last time out against Charlton. Chris Hughton has no other injury worries, and is expected to name the same side if Rosenior is declared fit. Tomer Hemed scored in the last game and has now taken his tally to 17 goals this season.
FACT; Brighton are currently unbeaten in 12 games, winning 9 of them ( 7 in the last 8 games)
Earlier In The Season: DCFC - BHAFC (12/12/16);
It finished level earlier in the season between the 2, after Brighton took the lead twice. James Wilson put Brighton in front, before Bradley Johnson levelled. Rajiv van La Parra restored the lead, before a late Chris Martin penalty shared the points.
Derby have won 10 of the 20 games played between the 2, including winning 4 in 1 season (back in the 2013/14 season). Brighton won the last game at the AMEX last March, which severely dented Derby’s promotion hopes. Derby’s last win at Brighton was in the first leg of the play-off semi-final back in May 2014, however they also won the league game too that season back in August.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Skalak;
Brighton 2-1 Derby