Brighton travel to the Midlands in search of another 3 points, which would extend their unbeaten run to 16 games; they face a Birmingham side with a new manager at the helm.
Birmingham sacked Gary Rowett on Thursday and replaced him with Gianfranco Zola, after a change of ownership at the club. Clayton Donaldson will be missing after aggravating an injury Tuesday night; Rhoys Wiggins and Paul Caddis will also sit out the game. Birmingham got back to winning way on Tuesday after 2 dissapointing results beforehand. Goals from Donaldson and Michael Morrison gave Birmingham a 2-0 lead, before a Adam Webster consolation goal midway through the 2nd half. Donaldson is the leading Blues scorer with 6 goals.
Form; D, W, W, L, L, W
FACT; Donaldson have been directly involved in 3 of the Blues last 4 goals (2 goals, 1 assist).
Brighton look set to welcome back Jamie Murphy, after he sat out the win on Tuesday night. Beram Kayal and Liam Rosenior are both back in training, while Kazenga LuaLua will not feature as he serves the first of his 4 match ban. Goals from Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray were enough to claim victory last time out, even though Sam Gallagher scored a brace for Blackburn. Murray now has 13 goals this campaign, and secured his first away goal on Tuesday.
Form; W, D, W, D, W, W
FACT; Since their lose to Newcastle back in August, Brighton are currently enjoying a 7 game unbeaten away run (5W, 2D).
Last Time We Met: BCFC - BHAFC (5/4/16);
Brighton won the last meeting between the 2 sides back in April. An early Blues goal from Kyle Lafferty was cancelled out by goals from Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk, as Brighton continued their pursuit of a top 2 finish.
Brighton have won 11 of the 30 games played between the 2 sides, while Birmingham have claimed victory 10 times. Brighton have won 5 of the last 6 meetings (5W, 1L), with 16 goals scored in that time, including a 4-3 victory to Brighton.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Stephens, Norwood, Murphy;
Birmingham 1-1 Brighton