ITFC v BHAFC (27/9/16) | Match Preview

A tough looking away game is in-store for the Seagulls as they travel to Ipswich; however they will be confident of picking up the win after 3 straight wins and clean sheets.

Ipswich News;

Ipswich will be with out Brett Pitman and Adam Webster for the visit of the Seagulls, but they will welcome back Grant Ward and Johnny Williams. Leon Best is set to start upfront for the Tractor Boys. The leading scorer for the East Anglian side is Ward with 4 goal, 3 of which came on the opening day of the season.

Form; D, W, L, W, D, L

FACT; They scored 4 on the opening day of the season, but have only managed to score the same amount in the other 8 games since.

Brighton News;

Brighton are without Gaetan Bong after he picked up a 5th yellow of the season on Saturday. Beram Kayal misses out too after picking up a knock during Saturday’s win. Glenn Murry’s brace against Barnsley means he is now the leading scorer for the Albion with 5 goals this season.

Form; L, L, W, W, L, W

FACT; Have kept the most clean sheets in the league so far this season (6).

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[1] ITFC (29/12/15);

Brighton’s good start to the season turned sour during the Christmas period, and Ipswich took full advantage of that, with a 1-0 win. A Daryl Murphy strike gave the visitors the win.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 24 of the 68 games played between the 2 sides, with Ipswich winning 31 of them. Ipswich have won 4 of the last 6 games, and have kept a clean sheet in all of them, while the other 2 games have ended up in 3-2 victories for the Albion.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Hunt, Duffy, Dunk, Bruno;

Knockaert, Stephens, Norwood, Skalak;

Hemed, Murray;

Prediction;

Ipswich 1-2 Brighton

BHAFC V BFC (24/9/16) | Match Preview

After the dissapointment of going out of the EFL Cup, Brighton will be looking to make amends with a win at home to Barnsley on Saturday.

Barnsley News;

Auden White and James Bree look set to miss the trip to the South Coast, but other than that Paul Heckingbottom doesn’t have any other problems in terms of availability. Barnsley are the league’s top scorers, which has surprised many, but they are there for a reason; they have scored in every league game so far this season, including putting 4 past Wolves away just 10 days ago. Conor Hourihane leads the way in terms of goals with 3.

Form; W, L, W, W, W, L

FACT; The Tykes have hit the woodwork the most times this season thus far (7).

Brighton News;

Bruno looks set to resume at right-back after coming off last Saturday with a knock, while Solly March continues his recovery and is expected to feature next week for the u23s; while longer absentees Kazenga LuaLua, Liam Rosenior and Richie Towell are all unavailable. Anthony Knockaert is the leading Albion scorer with 4 goals.

Form; W, L, L, W, W, L

FACT; Have lost just 1 of their last 14 home games, which was in the previous game against Brentford.

Last Time We Met: BFC [0]-[0] BHAFC (5/4/14);

Both teams settled for a point, as they played out a 0-0 draw at Oakwell.

H-2-H;

Barnsley have won 17 of the 41 previous meetings, while Brighton have won 14. Brighton have won 5 of the last 6 home games against Barnsley, but they did lose the last one.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak;

Murphy;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Barnsley

BAFC v BHAFC (17/9/16) | Match Preview

After inflicting Huddersfield’s first defeat of the season on Tuesday, Brighton will be looking to pick up another 3 points away to Burton Albion.

Burton Albion News;

Burton Albion could name development squad players on their bench with numerous injuries and suspensions. Kyle McFazdean and Ben Turner are suspended for the game while Ton Flanagan, Lucas Akins, Stuart Beavon, Damian McCrory and John Mousinho are all carrying injuries and may not feature; Chris O’Grady can’t feature against his parent club. Jackson Irvine is Albion’s top scorer with 4 goals.

Form; W, D, L, W, D, D

FACT; Burton have scored in every game so far this season.

Brighton News;

Kazenga LuaLua will be out for 6 weeks after suffering a setback from his knee operation, along with long-term absentees Richie Towell and Liam Rosenior. Solly March is booked in for the u23 side as he regains his fitness, otherwise Chris Hughton has a full squad to choose from. Anthony Knockaert’s goal on Tuesday means he is now the top scorer for the Seagulls with 4 goals.

Form; W, D, W, L, L, W

FACT; Brighton have failed to win any of their last 4 away games, after a run of four successive away wins.

Last Time We Met: BAFC [0]-[3] BHAFC (24/9/14);

Brighton won the meeting between the 2 in the Capital One Cup. Goals from Rohan Ince, Craig Mackail-Smith and Kazenga LuaLua helped Albion progress to round 4. Inigo Calderon saw red late on in the game.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won the only meeting between the 2 sides two years ago

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;

Hemed, Murray;

Prediction;

Burton Albion 0-2 Brighton

BHAFC v HTFC (13/9/16) | Match Preview

After losing back-to-back league games for the first time since the New Year, Brighton will be looking to hit back against surprise league leaders Huddersfield.

Huddersfield News;

Huddersfield will be looking to continue their incredible start to the season, although they will be without Joe Lolley and Sean Scannell. Huddersfield have scored 9 so far this season, all of which have been different scorers.

Form; L, W, D, W, W, W

FACT; This is the best start to a league season for the Terriers in their 108 year history.

Brighton News;

Chris Hughton is expected to ring the changes, after a shocking game for the Seagulls last Saturday. Gaetan Bong, Shane Duffy, Oliver Norwood, Tomer Hemed and Jamie Murphy are all in the firing line to be replaced for the game. Kazenga LuaLua is ruled out due to injury, while Richie Towell and LIam Rosenior are both sidelined with longer-term injuries.

Form; W, W, D, W, L, L

FACT; It was the first time Brighton failed to score at home on Saturday; they only managed to do that 5 times in the league last season.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[1] HTFC (23/1/16);

Brighton run out winners last time in January with a 2-1 victory. Bobby Zamora put the hosts 1-0 up, before Harry Bunn levels on the stroke of half-time. James Wilson popped up with the winner midway through the 2nd half.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 21 of the 52 games contested between the 2 sides. Huddersfield have won 16, with their last win against the Seagulls coming in the final home game at the Withdean in 2011.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Skalak;

Murray, Baldock;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield 

SWFC v BHAFC (1/10/16) | Match Preview

Brighton return to the scene of their play-off nightmare, as they take on a Sheffield Wednesday side, which hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far, but still remain in firm contention around the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday News;

Sheffield Wednesday could welcome back Daniel Pudil after he has missed the last 3 games through injury. Sam Hutchinson and Lucas Joao are both doubts though. Kieran Lee and Steven Fletcher are the top Owls scorers this season with 3 goals each.

Form; D, W, W, L, W, W

FACT; Wednesday have claimed 10 points from losing positions this season, the most in the league.

Brighton News;

Dale Stephens will serve his 1 match ban, after picking up a red on Tuesday, while Beram Kayal will also miss out. Gaetan Bong is avaliable again, after serving his 1 match ban. Glenn Murray is still the leading Brighton scorer with 5 goal this season.

Form; L, W, W, L, W, D

FACT; Have not conceded in 380 championship minutes and have the best defensive record in the league, only shipping 6 goals so far.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [1]-[1] SWFC (16/5/16);

Brighton’s playoff heartbreak continued after they were knocked out after losing over 2 legs. After plenty of chances, Lewis Dunk’s goal gave the Seagulls hope of turning around the 2 goal deficit, but a goal from Ross Wallace was enough to see the Owls over the line.

H-2-H;

Brighton have an abysmal record at Hillsbrough; they haven’t won their in their history and have only beaten the Owls 5 times in 23 matches. They also haven’t won any of the last 9 meetings between the 2, and have only managed to score 4 goals during that time.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Sidwell, Murphy, Norwood, Skalak;

Hemed

Prediction;

Wednesday 0-0 Brighton

BHAFC v RFC (20/9/16) | EFL Cup 3rd Round Preview

On the back of 2 straight victories, Brighton will be looking for a third one, and a place in the 4th round of the EFL Cup, as they take on league rivals Reading.

Reading News;

Reading will be without top-scorer Gareth McCleary after he starts a 3 match ban, while Yakou Meite and Deniss Rakels remained sidelined, otherwise it’s a full squad to choose from for Jaap Stam.

Form; D, D, W, W, D, W

FACT; Have scored in all but 2 games so far this season.

Brighton News;

Chris Hughton has already confirmed the back 5 for the Albion, but is set to make considerable changes in the forward 6 from Saturday’s win at Burton. Rohan Ince and Elvis Manu look set to continue their cup runs, while Glenn Murray and Sam Baldock could feature up front together.

Form; D, W, L, L, W, W

FACT; Have only failed to score in 3 home game so far this calendar year.

Last Time We Met: RFC [2]-[2] BHAFC (20/8/16);

Brighton came away with a draw in the league meeting just a month ago. John Swift gave the Royals an early lead, before a van den Berg own goal levelled things up. Anthony Knockaert put the Albion in front, only for Paul McShane to equalise.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 30 of the meeting between the 2 sides, while Reading have won 35. The previous meeting between the 2 was the 33rd time they have drawn.

Likely Line-Up;

Maenpaa;

Hunt, Goldson, Hunemeier, Pocognoli;

Murphy, Ince, Norwood, Manu;

Baldock, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Reading (Brighton on Pens)

BHAFC v BFC (10/9/16) | Match Preview

After their first lose in the league since February, Brighton will be looking to bounce back with a bang, starting with the first of their 2 home games against Brentford; Brentford will however be looking to pick up their first away win of the season, after losing all 3 of their away games thus far.

Brentford News;

Brentford’s Lasse Vibe will be missing from the squad after seeing red in the previous game against Sheffield Wednesday. Alan Judge is still recovering from a broken leg sustained at the end of last season, but Dean Smith should have a full selection otherwise, including new signing Rico Henry.

Form;  L, L, W, W, L, D

FACT; Have lost all 3 away from home so far this season, including a defeat to League 2 Exeter in the EFL Cup.

Brighton News;

Brighton will be without Sam Baldock as he serves a 1 match suspension, but could announce new signing Sebastian Pocognoli, Connor Goldson and Uwe Hunemeier on the bench, but Kazenga LuaLua will miss out. 

Form; W, W, W, D, W, L

FACT; Brighton lost their first game in the league for 18 games last time out, but haven’t lost at home in 12 games.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [3]-[0] BFC (5/2/16);

Brighton won their first game of the season with a 2+ goal difference. Goals from Anthony Knockert, Tomer Hemed and Jamie Murphy gave Albion all 3 points in front of the Sky cameras.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 32 of the 72 games played between the 2, while Brentford hold 27 wins. Brighton have only lost 3 of the last 10 meetings.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocagnoli;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed

Prediction;

Brighton 2-0 Brentford 

NUFC v BHAFC (27/8/16) | Match Review

What was set to be a absolute blockbuster of a match, turned out to be a huge dissapointed as Newcastle eased to a victory over the very under par Seagulls. Brighton never turned up, and Newcastle took full advantage of that.

It was always going to be a difficult task for the Albion to get something from the game, and the way they started the game made it even harder for them; Newcastle controlling possession without any threat of losing it, and plenty of high pressure to regain the ball back quickly. The first chance of the game resulted in the first goal of the afternoon, when a Matt Ritchie freekick was sent into the Albion box and Jamaal Lascelles shrugged off his marker, to bullet home a header. Goan Gouffran rattled the bar with his venomous effort from 25+ yards out. Mohamed Diame won the ball in the Brighton penalty area, and cut the ball back to Ritchie who’s effort was parried wide by David Stockdale. From the resulting corner, Goufrran skied his shot over after a well worked corner between Jonjo Shelvey, Ritchie and Vurnon Anita. Brighton had their first shot test Matz Sels, when Anthony Knockaert cut back a ball to Sam Baldock on the edge of the box, which Sels parried away from goal. Second half started with an audacious half way shot from Baldock from the kick-off. Knockaert then hit the bar after Beram Kayal beat the offside trap, and Knockaert taking the shot after the Israeli had a heavy touch. Baldock saw his first red card of his career not soon after, after picking up a second yellow for clattering into Sels after he cleared the ball; it was a slightly harsh decision. Newcastle took advantage of the extra man, and doubled their lead when Shelvy scored from outside the box with a bending free-kick, which left Stockdale rooted to the spot. Shelvy could of had a second had it not been for the fingertips of Stockdale, to push away his low driving effort. Kazenga LuaLua’s introduction might have sparked a revival for the Seagulls, but his shot at goal was just wide. Kayal tested Sels with a well struck shot inside the box, but the Belgian got a big hand on it to deny an Albion goal. 2-0 the game finished, a result which ends Albion’s 18 game unbeaten league run.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (6); Will be dissapointed with both goals; got a hand to Lascelles header but couldn’t keep it out, and never set up his wall right for Shelvy’s goal. Did make a couple of neat saves though from it being a bigger deficit.

Bruno (6); Was keen to get forward, but needed to do more defensive work with Goufrran always an attacking threat.

Duffy (6); Good debut from the Irish man, other than losing Lascelles for the opening goal, he didn’t put a foot wrong.

Dunk (7); Looked solid once again; didn’t let Perez into the game that much, and looked comfortable with Duffy partnering him.

Bong (5); Terrible game from the fullback; gave the ball away with some poor/heavy touches, and allowed Ritchie to walk all over him for a majority of the game.

Knockaert (7); Never fails to impress me, either with his skill, technique or work rate and this was no different; didn’t really have an end product though.

Kayal (6); Was outplayed by a blinding Shelvy performance; hard to control the midfield when the opposition continuously have the ball.

Sidwell (6); Like Kayal he found it hard to get into the game, was more a spectator in the 2nd half too.

Skalak (5); Probably his worst performance in a Brighton shirt; his movement was non existent, and his set pieces and crossing were dreadful.

Baldock (5); Might have been slightly harsh, but he knows he messed up Brighton’s chance of getting something from the game by having an early shower. The first yellow was unnecessary, and the 2nd was stupid even if it was an accident.

Murray (6); Don’t think I saw him on the pitch for large parts of the game, as he was so isolated; good hold up play when he had the ball, but not that much to offer especially when Baldock went off.

Subs;

Hemed (6); No chances really well his way.

Norwood (6); A couple of testing passes, but nothing spectacular

LuaLua (6); Few good runs gave the Magpies defence a cause for concern, but no end product.

NUFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Lascelles (15), Shelvy (63);

Att; 49,196 (Brighton – Figure unknown, reported 1,800)

MOTM; Dunk

NUFC v BHAFC (27/8/16) | Match Preview

A blockbuster matchup in the Championship this bank holiday weekend, as Brighton travel to the tip of the border to face Newcastle. Both teams amongst the favourites for promotion, and both teams will be looking to take away a precious 3 points, in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash in front of the Sky cameras.

Newcastle News;

Rafa Benitez had a horrid start to the season, losing the first 2 league games, but has recovered well and has got the team looking quite strong. Summer signing Dwight Gayle will miss the game through concussion, as too will Alexsander Mitrovic, while Rolando Aarons misses out due to a fractured metatarsal. Ayoze Perez is expected to be fit after having his head strapped in the win against Cheltenham on Tuesday. Gayle is the leading Magpies scorer, but as mentioned before, he will miss the game.

Form; L, L, W, W, W

FACT; Newcastle only lost 5 times at home last season, and didn’t score in 4 of their home games.

Brighton News;

New signing Shane Duffy is in line to make his debut, after signing just before the deadline. Liam Rosenior is defiantly out, while Uwe Hunemeier is in the squad, with Dale Stephens a possibility after missing out the last 2 games due to match fitness. Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert are the leading Seagulls scorers with 3, and will be hoping to add to their tallies.

Form; D, W, W, W, D, W

FACT; Brighton are unbeaten in their last 18 league games, winning 11 of those.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[0] NUFC (5/1/13);

Brighton were winners last time out in the 3rd round of the F.A Cup, thanks to goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins.

H-2-H;

Brighton hold the cards marginally; they have won 8 of the 18 meetings, while Newcastle have won 7. Brighton are unbeaten in the last 6 games against Newcastle.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Sidwell, Kayal, Skalak;

Murray, Hemed;

Prediction;

Newcastle 2-1 Brighton

OUFC v BHAFC (23/8/16) | EFL Cup 2nd Round Review

It was another good performance by the Seagulls on Tuesday night, and they were rewarded with a place in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup. Making, once again, 11 changes Chris Hughton clearly wanted to give his second stringers a run out, while also wanting to learn about the potential young starts in the development squad. 

It didn’t take long for one of those young stars to make an impact, when Sam Adekugbe rocketed a shot into the roof of the net after running through on goal from a Jamie Murphy pass. Kazenga LuaLua missed a absolute sitter just moments later when Murphy squared a ball across the box to him, but he hit it high over the bar. Wes Thomas got the hosts back on level terms, after capitalising on a goal line block from Adekugbe. Elvis Manu was looking lively, and had a good chance in the 2nd half to get the visitors back in front; after a long ball was well controlled by the Albion striker, his side foot effort was denied by the legs of Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood. Ollie Norwood forced Eastwood into a good save from a curling free-kick, while Manu’s latest attempt was tipped over by the Oxford stopper. LuaLua seized on a loose defensive clearance from a long ball, and powered home an unstoppable sh0t into the corner of the net. Niki Maenpaa was called into action not long after, and was thankful for the bar after a long range John Lundstram effort smashed off the bar, before Maenpaa saved another Oxford attempt after they regained possession. Manu got his 2nd Albion goal, when Norwood slipped him in after picking up possession in the Oxford half. Tomer Hemed linked up well with fellow sub Sam Baldock to score a 4th Albion goal; Baldock picked up Hemed’s flick on, and a good low cross was met by Hemed with his shot just sliding underneath Eastwood. Dan Crowley scored a beauty, when he curled the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box in the 90th minute. Game over, and Brighton progress to the third round to face Reading at home.

Line-Up;

Maenpaa (6); Not really troubled for much of the evening, but made a good double save just after Albion had regained the lead.
Hunt (6); Good performance form the young right-back, got forward as much as he could, and was eager to support the attack.

White (6); A harder test to the one he had 2 weeks prior against Colchester, but did well enough to keep Thomas quiet for much of the evening with the help of his defensive partner.

Hunemeier (6); First game back after 8 months, and was obviously not going to be lighting up the pitch, but had a reasonably good game with White.

Adekugbe (7); Good finish on his goal, and showed he isn’t afraid to make plenty of forward runs, easy to see why Vancouver see a big future for him.

Norwood (7); Is now starting to show glimpses of the form he produced last season for Reading, passing was on point and was always looking to go forward rather than go back.

Ince (7); Sat in front of the 2 centre backs well, and swept up anything loose; still think centre-back is his preferred position.

Holla (7); Good game from the Dutchman, still not enough to convince us that he has a future here.

Murphy (7); Always wanted to get forward, and make a nuisance of himself. Put the ball on a plate for LuaLua to score, but couldn’t get it on target.

Manu (7); He might be starting to drift his way back into Hughton’s plans, and another goal is obviously going to help.

LuaLua (7); Thunderbolt of a goal, and had a generally good game except his horror miss.

Subs;

Hemed (6); Well taken goal, bit lucky, but they all count.

Baldock (5); Not on for long, but didn’t need much time in setting up his strike partner.

Tilley (N/A); No time to make an impact.

OUFC [2]-[4] BHAFC; Thomas (28), Crowley (90); Adekugbe (2), LuaLua (76), Manu (81), Hemed (85);

Att; 3,189 (677 Brighton)

MOTM; Norwood