Brighton host Norwich, in what should be a fine match between 2 sides chasing promotion. Brighton overtook the visitors last week as they won away at Wigan, while the Canaries lost at home to in-form Preston.
Norwich have Ivo Pinto, Steven Whittaker, Johnny Howson, Youssouf Mulumbu and Matt Jarvis all sidelined, but Alex Neil has a fully fit squad otherwise, but may need to rotate his squad a little after being sent to extra-time in midweek by Leeds in the EFL Cup; a possibility that Albion summer target Alex Pritchard could get a game. Norwich slipped up last weekend against Preston, thanks to an Alex Baptiste header; it was Norwich’s first home defeat of the season. They then lost on penalties in mid-week to Leeds in the EFL Cup, and missed out on a trip to Anfield. Cameron Jerome leads the way for the Canaries in the goal scoring department, with 6 while Jacob Murphy has 5.
Form; L, W, W, D, L, D
FACT; Norwich have scored more goals in the 1st half than any other side in the Championship (14).
Brighton could see Solly March return to the 18-man squad, after coming through a full 90 minutes in the u23’s draw at Stoke last weekend. Lewis Dunk is avaliable once more after his 1 game ban, while Richie Towell and Kazenga LuaLua are both back in first team training, but are still a couple weeks away from a full return. The Seagulls took home 3 valuable points last time out against Wigan, thanks to a fantastic goal from Dale Stephens; he becomes only the 5th scorer for the ALbion in the league. Glenn Murray remains the top scorer with 6, but is closely pursued by Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert with 5.
Form; W, D, W, D, W, W
FACT; Brighton have kept the most clean sheets in all of the top 4 English leagues (9).
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - NCFC (3/4/15);
Bradley Johnson scored the winner for the Canaries last time these two clashed, which helped cement their play-off spot.
Brighton have won 29 of the 86 games played between the 2 sides, while Norwich have claimed victory 33 times. Brighton haven’t beaten Norwich in the last 7 games (1D, 6L), and have only won once in the last 13 games (1W, 2D, 10L).
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Stephens, Norwood, Skalak;
Brighton 1-1 Norwich