Brighton travel to West London to take on a Brentford side, who have been well under par so far this season, and it might not get easier for them, with the selling of 14 goal striker Scott Hogan.
Brentford will be without Alan Judge and Rico Henry, but could select new signing Sergi Canos. Dean Smith has no other new injury worries. Brentford won last time out after they beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Tuesday night; goals from Nico Yennaris and a Lasse Vibe brace were good enough for all 3 points. With Hogan now with Aston Villa, Vibe is the leading scorer with 5 goals.
Form; W, W, L, L, L, W
FACT; Brentford have lost only one of their previous eight home matches against Brighton, keeping six clean sheets in that run (W5 D2).
Brighton will be without Lewis Dunk, after he got sent off in the previous game against Huddersfield. Gaetan Bong is still out injured, but Chris Hughton is hoping to welcome back Sam Baldock and Dale Stephens; but Connor Goldson is out for the rest of the season, after a regular cardiac scan came back with some issues. The Seagulls lost last time against Huddersfield; a Tomer Hemed goal wasn’t good enough after goals from Tom Smith, Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga gave the Terriers the victory.
Form; W, L, W, W, L, L
FACT; Brighton have failed to score in three of their last four league games against Brentford, netting three in the other match in February 2016.
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - BFC (10/9/16);
Brighton fell to their first and only home defeat of the season thus far, when a Hogan double downed the Seagulls.
Brighton have won 32 wins, while Brentford have won 28 of the 73 meetings between the 2 sides. In the last 10 games, Brighton have won 5, drawn twice and lost 3 times. 7 of the 8 wins by both teams have only seen the winning side score, the exception being the 3-2 Brentford win back in September 2014.
Bruno, Duffy, Hunemeier, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Norwood, Skalak;
Brentford 0-1 Brighton