Brighton host promotion rivals Reading at The AMEX on Saturday, hoping to extend their unbeaten home run to 14 games, and extend their gap back to Huddersfield with help from last week’s victims Barnsley.
Reading could welcome back defenders Joey van den Berg and Paul McShane from injuries, while Stephen Quinn might feature as well as Reece Oxford after missing the last game. Reading were defeated last time out after they lost 1-0 away at Huddersfield; a goal from Philp Billing was enough for the high-flyers to take all 3 points. Yann Kermogant and Gareth McCleary both have 8 goals a piece and lead the way as the Royals top scorers.
Form; W, W, D, D, W, L
FACT; McCleary has had a hand in 15 goals this season in the Championship for Reading (8 goals, 7 assists).
Brighton have no new injury issues, but could see full-backs Liam Rosenior and Gaetan Bong included in the matchday 18, as they have nearly or fully recovered from their injuries. Brighton won last time out against Barnsley, thanks to a brace from Sam Baldock taking his overall tally to 10 for the season. Glenn Murray is still the leading Albion scorer with 16.
Form; L, L, D, W, D, W
FACT; Brighton have suffered just 2 defeats in their last 26 league matches (W18, D6, L2 ), but both of these have come in 2017.
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - RFC (20/9/16);
Brighton were knocked out of the EFL Cup by the Royals. A goal from Tomer Hemed wasn’t enough after Stephen Quinn and John Swift put the visitors 2-0 up.
This will be the 98th meeting between the 2 sides, with Brighton winning 30 of those while Reading have claimed victory on 36 occasions.
Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March;
Brighton 2-1 Reading