Brighton host struggling QPR on the South Coast, with Brighton aiming to go top of the table, after Newcastle slipped up against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.
QPR will be without Jordan Cousins, while Steven Caulker and Ariel Borysiuk will be assessed; Jamie Mackie could start after returning from long-term injury. QPR fell to a 5th straight defeat, when they lost to Aston Villa last time out. After missing a penalty earlier in the game, Jonathan Kodija made up with the winner 15 minutes from time. The leading R’s scorers are Tjaronn Chery, Sebastian Polter and Idrissa Sylla with 4 goals each.
Form; W, L, L, L, L, L
FACT; Only Wigan (18) have scored fewer goals than QPR in the Championship this season (20).
Brighton have Liam Rosenior and Beram Kayal back in training, but won’t be apart of the game as they return to full fitness. Jamie Murphy will be assessed after missing the last 2 games through injury. Brighton won last time out, as they came from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1. A goal from Lukas Jutkiewicz gave the Blues the lead, but late goals from Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray stole all 3 points for the Seagulls. Murray now has 14 goals this season.
Form; D, W, D, W, W, W
FACT; Brighton have lost just one of their last 21 league matches at the AMEX Stadium (W15 D5)
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - QPRFC (19/4/16);
Brighton romped to a 4-0 win, as they kept up their promotion challenge. Goals from Jiri Skalak, Connor Goldson and a Anthony Knockaert brace helped Brighton to a comfortable win.
Brighton and QPR have both won 30 games out of the 77 games played between the 2 sides. Brighton are unbetaen in 7 against the R’s (3W, 4D), and have only conceded 3 times in those 7 games, with 5 clean sheets. The last QPR win was back in September 2004.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March;
Brighton 2-0 QPR