Brighton return from international break with a home televised game against Aston Villa, with both teams in fine form before the break.
Aston Villa will be missing Ross McCormack due to suspension, but welcome back Jordan Ayew is returns after a ban. Mile Jedinak will be assessed after picking up a knock on international break, and Micah Richards and Jed Steer are a miss too, but Steve Bruce is set to have Jordan Amavi and Leandro Bacuna fit after covering from knocks. Villa won last time out against Blackburn, thanks to a brace from Jonathan Kodjia, after Sam Gallagher had put Rovers ahead. Summer signing Kodjia is the top scorer with 6 goals.
Form; L, D, W, W, D, W
FACT; Only Nottingham Forest have dropped moore points (17), than Villa from leading positions this season (15)
Brighton will welcome back Anthony Knockaert following his absence last game due to his fathers passing. Kazenga LuaLua and Richie Towell both featured last in the EFL Trophy game for the development side, but the game will come too early for them, while Liam Rosenior and Beram Kayal are still recovering from their injuries. Brighton came away from Bristol with 3 points last time out, thanks to goals from Steve Sidwell and Jamie Murphy. Glenn Murray is the leading Seagulls scorer with 9 goals, and is only 2 behind the leagues top scorer Dwight Gayle.
Form; W, D, W, W, W, W
FACT; Murray has scored all of his 9 goals this season at home.
Last Time We Met: AVFC - BHAFC (23/1/10);
Brighton were narrowly defeated in the 4th round of the F.A Cup. Nathan Delfouneso put Villa ahead, before Tommy Elphick equalised. Ashley Young restored the lead, before Fabian Delph put them two ahead; Nicky Forster scored a 90th minute consolation goal.
Brighton have only won 3 times out of 19 games against Villa, while the visitors have triumphed 11 times. Brighton have only won once in the last 11 games, with the last victory back in 1980. This will be the first league meeting between the two met in the top flight in 1983, a game which ended 0-0.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Stephens, Skalak;
Brighton 2-1 Aston Villa