Brighton go to West London for their first game in 2017; they take on a Fulham side who are starting to gain form and keep up with teams contesting for a play-off place.
Fulham could be without Chris Martin, after the striker pulled out of the abandoned game against Reading, with his future in doubt, after Derby made it clear they want him to return. Tomas Kalas is a doubt after picking up a knock on Boxing Day, but a full squad is expected to be available for Slavisa Jokanovic other than the two players mentioned. Fulham’s last run-out ended prematurely, after their game with Reading was abandoned at half-time due to fog. Martin is the leading Fulham scorer with 7 goals, with Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen both on 5 goals each, behind the on-loan Derby man.
Form; L, W, D, W, D, W
FACT; Unbeaten in their last 6 home games.
Brighton are without Seb Pocognoli as he recovers from a slight knock, while Beram Kayal nears a return, but it is more likely to be in the F.A Cup tie on Saturday; Liam Rosenior is expected to play later in the month. Brighton were denied the chance to end the year on top of the league, and 18 matches unbeaten as their game with Cardiff was called off due to heavy fog. Glenn Murray is the leading Seagulls scorer with 15 goals this term.
Form; W, D, W, W, W, W
FACT; Lost just 1 of their last 18 away league games, winning 11 and drawing 6
Last Time We Met: - (26/11/16);
Brighton came from behind to claim all 3 points. Kevin McDonald had given Fulham the lead, but 2nd half goals from Sam Baldock and Murray secured a 11th win of the season.
Brighton have won 21 of the 47 game played between the 2 sides, and boast 4 straight wins against the Cottagers. Fulham have won 22 games, but haven’t tasted success since November 2014; the first meeting between the 2 sides since 1996. Brighton have scored at least twice in the last 4 games (11 in total), and have only let in 2.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March;
Fulham 1-1 Brighton