Brighton travel to Yorkshire, hoping to reclaim their 8 point gap back to 3rd place. They take on a Huddersfield side just as desperate for the points, to continue their automatic promotion challenge.
Huddersfield will be without Sean Scannell and Kasey Palmer, as they are both sidelined with injuries, but there are no other concerns for David Wagner. The Terriers went through to the 5th round of the F.A Cup after a thumping 4-0 win away at Rochdale; goals from Collin Quaner, Izzy Brown and a brace from Michael Hefele saw them through to play Man City in the next round. Elias Kachunga is the leading scorer for Town with 8 goals.
Form; D, W, W, L, W, W
FACT; Huddersfield conced at least 1 goal in 77% of their home matches, but score at least 1 in 92% of them.
Brighton will be without Gaetan Bong, but could welcome back both Bruno and Sam Baldock from injury. Loan signings Fikayo Tomori and Chuba Akpom could feature in the matchday 18, while Christian Walton, re-called from his loan at Luton, is set to be named on the bench as the back-up keeper. Brighton were knocked out of the F.A Cup by Lincoln in their last game; a first senior goal for Richie Towell wasn’t enough, as Alan Power and Theo Robinson scored either side of a Tomori own goal to see the Imps through. Glenn Murray is the top Albion scorer with 15 goals; the striker made his loan move permanent on deadline day.
Form; W, W, L, W, W, L
FACT; Brighton are top of the table for overall points gained, best home record, best defence and best form (from previous 8 games).
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - HTFC (13/9/16);
Brighton beat the Terriers back in September, thanks to a late goal from Anthony Knockaert.
Brighton have picked up 22 wins out of 53 games played against Huddersfield, while the Terriers have recorded victory on 16 occasions. Brighton are unbeaten in the last 9 games against Huddersfield, winning 4 and drawing 5.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Huddersfield 1-1 Brighton