Brighton travel to Lancashire to try and end another stadium hoodoo. They take on a Preston side, who will be geared up after crashing out of the F.A Cup dissapointingly last weekend.
Preston will be without Jermaine Beckford and Ben Pearson, as both are suspended for the game. Alex Baptiste and John Welsh are also expected to be missing through injury. Preston were cruelly knocked out of the F.A Cup last time out, as Arsenal scored a late winner. Callum Robinson had put the Lancashire outfit in the lead, but goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud sent the Gunners through. Robinson and Jordan Hugill both lead the way as top scorers with 5 goals each this season.
Form; D, W, L, D, W, L
FACT; Have never lost at home to the Seagulls in 15 meetings (9W, 6D).
Brighton will be without Lewis Dunk as he finished his 2 match suspension. Beram Kayal is set to miss out, as he returns to full fitness after featuring last weekend in the F.A Cup; Liam Rosenior won’t be near a return until at least the end of the month. Brighton progressed to the 4th round of the F.A Cup, after a victory over MK Dons. Goals from Israeli duo Kayal and Tomer Hemed set up a tie away at either Lincoln or Ipswich. Glenn Murray is the leading Albion scorer with 15 goals so far this season.
Form; W, W, W, W, W, W
FACT; No Championship side has taken more points (26) in the last 10 games than the Seagulls.
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - PNEFC (15/10/16);
Brighton were denied victory earlier in the season, as they conceded a late goal. Hugill had given the Lilywhites the lead, before Sam Baldock and Murray turned it around during the second half; however Simon Makienok scored at the death to share the spoils.
Brighton have never won at Preston, but will be in good heart, after winning fore the first time at Hillsbrough earlier in the season. The Seagulls have only won 7 of the 32 games played, with Preston picking up 12 victories. The last 5 games have all been draws, including a run of four 0-0’s before the previous meeting.
Bruno, Duffy, Goldson, Bong;
Knockaert, Stephens, Norwood, March;
Preston 1-2 Brighton