A fascinating cup tie takes place tonight, as Brighton travel to Oxford for their EFL Cup 2nd round match. Already triumphant this year at the Kassam Stadium, Brighton will be looking for another win, and get their name into the hat for the 3rd round.
Curtis Nelson and Christian Ribeiro are both out of the game with injuries, while Sam Long has completed his suspension, and could feature. Michael Appleton has a fully fit squad otherwise, with top scorer Wes Thomas set to spearhead the attack.
Form; D, W, L, L, W
FACT; Oxford scored in every home game last season, but 3.
Uwe Hunemeier returns to the squad after a 8 month absence, and will partner Ben White at centre-back. Niki Maenpaa will retain his cup keeper position, while the likes of Elvis Manu, Rohan Ince and Danny Holla look set to play apart in the game. Big name players such as Anthony Knockaert, Glenn Murray and Beram Kayal won’t feature if at all, as Chris Hughton looks to keep them fresh, for their tough game away at Newcastle on Saturday.
Form; D, W, W, W, D
FACT; Have lost only 3 of the last 26 away games, but have draw 14 of them.
Who Got Dumped Out;
Oxford knocked out Birmingham away, thanks to a Liam Sercombe 120th minute winner, while Brighton gave Colchester a good old fashioned thumping at home, winning it 4-0
Last Time We Met;
The last competitive game between the 2 sides was back in 1996, with Oxford the winner that afternoon 2-1.
Oxford have beaten Brighton 12 times in the 30 previous meetings, while Brighton have won 9 times. Brighton haven’t beaten Oxford in the last 8 games (3D, 5L), with the last being back in 1990.
Hunt, White, Hunemeier, Adekugbe;
LuaLua, Ince, Holla, Murphy;
Oxford 1-1 Brighton (Brighton winners in extra time)