Brighton take a trip up to Lancashire to face a Blackburn side, who are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Blackburn will be without Charlie Mulgrew, after picking up an injury on Saturday, while Adam Henley, Tommie Hoban and Elliot Ward are all missing too. Blackburn suffered defeat at the weekend to Lancashire rivals Preston. A brace from Danny Graham wasn’t enough to secure victory for the Rovers, with a Daniel Johnson brace and a Callum Robinson enough to secure all 3 points for the Lilywhites. Graham and Sam Gallagher are both the leading scorers for Rovers with 7 apiece.
Form; D, L, W, W, D, L
FACT; Rovers are unbeaten in their last 5 home league games (W2, D3), their best run since September 2014.
Brighton welcome back Gaetan Bong from suspension, but looks set to watch the game from the bench, after backup Seb Pocognoli filled his role well against Leeds. Jamie Murphy picked up a knock in that game, and is touch and go for the game. Beram Kayal has resumed full training with Liam Rosenior expected back later in the week. Brighton scored 2 penalties last time out, as they beat promotion rivals Leeds 2-0. Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed converting from the spot. Murray now has 12 goals this season, with all of them being at home.
Form; W, W, D, W, D, W
FACT; Brighton are 1 of only 5 teams yet to conced a penalty this season (Birmingham, QPR, Nott’m Forest & Derby being the others)
Last Time We Met: BRFC - BHAFC (15/1/16);
Brighton recorded their first win of the year with a slim 1-0 victory, thanks to an early goal from Bobby Zamora.
Brighton have won 14 times out of the 36 games played between the 2 sides; Blackburn claiming victory in 11 of those. Brighton are currently on a 8 game unbeaten run against the Lancashire outfit, winning 4 and drawing 4. There has never been a goalless game between the 2 sides (bound to happen now I’ve said it).
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Stephens, Skalak;
Blackburn 0-2 Brighton