Brighton host in-form Leeds in front of the Sky cameras Friday night, with both teams looking to continue their recent good form.
Leeds will be without Eunan O’Kane as he has a groin injury, but could welcome back Liam Cooper from an ankle injury. Pablo Hernandez and ex-Brighton star Liam Bridcutt are both in training after injuries, but are unlikely to feature. Leeds beat Aston Villa last time out 2-0, thanks to goals from Kemar Roofe and former Brighton loanee Chris Wood; Wood is also the leading Whites scorer with 10 so far this campaign.
Form; W, W, W, L, W, W
FACT; Leeds have lost their last 5 league games against Brighton; 1 more and they will equal their joint-second worst losing run against another side in league football.
Brighton are without suspended Gaetan Bong, after his sending off last time out; Sebastian Pocognoli is set to replace the Cameroonian. Beram Kayal has started full training again, but won’t feature. Anthony Knockaert is poised to be re-called to the starting XI, after being a sub against Cardiff last weekend. Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw in that game in South Wales, and missed the chance to go top after leaders Newcastle slipped up the night before against Nott’m Forest. Glenn Murray has 11 goals this season, and all have been at home.
Form; W, W, W, D, W, D
FACT; Brighton have won 9 of their last 13 games, and have scored 20 goals during that period, whilst only conceding 5 (9 clean sheets in the same timeframe).
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Brighton won the last game between the 2 sides quite comfortably. A Tomer Hemed brace, a Liam Cooper own goal and a Lewis Dunk goal, sent Brighton on their way to 3 points.
Brighton have won 15 of the 43 games played, while Leeds have won 17, but haven’t recorded a win since August 2013. Leeds have only scored once in the last 5 meetings and have shipped 11 goals in that time. There has been goals at The Amex between these 2; a total of 17 goals have been scored in 4 games.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Stephens, Murphy;
Brighton 1-1 Leeds